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Transmission Range Resources

Range Resources
Present, Potentially Affected

The Taylor Grazing Act (P.L. 73-482) was put in place to, “stop injury to the public grazing lands (excluding Alaska) by preventing overgrazing and soil deterioration; to provide for their orderly use, improvement, and development; (and) to stabilize the livestock industry dependent upon the public range."

Federal Land Policy Management Act (FLPMA) indicates grazing provisions and leasing guidelines for interested parties, while the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act (16 U.S.C 2001 et. seq.) (SWRCA), “possess information, technical expertise, and a system for providing assistance to land users with respect to conservation and use of soils, plants, woodlands, watershed protection, and related resource uses.”

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Casper/range/taylor.1.html

http://teeic.indianaffairs.gov/er/transmission/legal/index.htm

Range Resources Impacts & Mitigation

Transmission line development poses low risk and impacts to livestock grazing. The following mitigation measures indicate typical conservation methods:

Construction

  • Surround open holes with fencing and cover them overnight to mitigate wildlife or livestock injury.
  • Coordinate construction schedules with easement holders to minimize impacts to livestock grazing activities.
  • Minimize grazing loss by focusing heavily impacted sites close to each other to decrease widespread degradation.
  • Post slow speeds onsite to mitigate vehicular cattle mortalities.

Soil erosion and grazing

  • To decrease soil erosion, grazing can be used as a mitigation tool. Grazing controls forage demands and the land’s carrying capacity. Grazing also mitigates invasive plant populations and wildfire fuel.

Forage loss

  • Begin restoration after the project has concluded and the land has been reclaimed.
  • The managing agency typically monitors the area for five years.
  • Resume grazing activities if they were inhibited during the plant’s operation.