Install a total of 8,100ft. of fence at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve to protect wetlands and unique geologic features from wild horse damage. The fence will be divided into six (6) different fenced areas located in two (2) geographic zones: approx. 4,500ft. of fence at Warm Springs (one (1) 8-acre enclosure), and approx. 3,600ft. of fence at Navy Beach (four (4) separate enclosures varying in size from 0.5-2 acres). Work will:
• Paint T-posts a color chosen to reduce visual impact to no more than 500ft,;
• Use, ATVs, if needed, to transport fencing materials between exiting dirt roads and remote work locations along pre-determined routes only (approx. 1,500ft. at Warm Springs and approx. 1,000ft. at Navy Beach).
• Manually pound T-posts (no excavation) into the ground every 8-12ft. to a depth of approx. 2ft.;
• Use metal clips to affix 4-5 strands of barbed/barbless wire to the T-posts:
o Top strand height will be a minimum of 54in. to prevent horse jumping; and
o Bottom strand height will be minimum 16in. and barbless to allow wild game passage (i.e., deer, antelope).
• Affix resource protection and interpretive signage to the fence T-posts (no additional posts needed); and
• Install wildlife camera monitoring stations near the fence to monitor the horse interactions/activities:
o If needed install 3-4 additional T-posts as camera station indicators.