Grazing Continues on Sixteen Springs Allotment

SIXTEEN SPRINGS GRAZING MANAGEMENT DECISION SIGNED
Alamogordo, NM (August 29, 2011) – On August 26, 2011, James D. Duran, Sacramento District Ranger, signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for allotment management on the Sixteen Springs Grazing Allotment Management Project.  Based on the environmental analysis (EA) conducted for this project and documented in the EA the decision was to select Alternative 1 – the Proposed Action.  The Proposed Action authorizes the continuation of livestock grazing under the term permit for forage use of up to 2,275 AUMs on a year-long basis, and includes adaptive management, maintenance of improvements, construction of new improvements, and monitoring.

The Sixteen Springs Allotment is located in the north-eastern part of the Sacramento Ranger District, approximately 15 miles east of Cloudcroft, NM, and contains approximately 15,150 acres with elevations ranging from 6,120 feet to 8,040 feet.  Vegetation is dominated by piñon/juniper woodlands and associated grasslands with a few stringers of ponderosa pine along canyon bottoms at lower elevations.

For more information on the Sixteen Springs Grazing project, please contact the Sacramento Ranger District at (575) 682-2551.