The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City, Nev., District is seeking public input on the development of an environmental assessment (EA) for management of livestock and wild horses within the Carson City District during drought conditions. Input is needed by Jan. 16, 2013, to be considered in development of the EA.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Nevada is currently experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions. The proposed EA will be prepared to allow the BLM to respond to current and future drought conditions. Some of the factors to be examined will be winter/spring precipitation; water availability for livestock, wild horses, and wildlife; residual forage from previous growing seasons; current year’s forage plant growth; plant vigor; soil moisture content; soil/site stability and hydrologic function; riparian health and function; plant community composition; and wildlife habitat condition. Other factors could also be incorporated as needed.

The proposed EA will analyze a wide range of temporary drought response alternatives that could be used to mitigate the effects of drought. Input can be submitted via email to CCDODroughtEA@blm.gov, or mailed to BLM, Carson City District, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701.

Comments–including names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of respondents–will be available for public review at the Carson City District Office during regular business hours. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire