Sagebrush & Sage Grouse Habitat Loss from Climate Change and Off Highway Vehicles, Shoshone Mount Range, Lander County, Nevada
This Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze Klondex Gold & Silver Mining Company’s (Klondex’s) Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Improvement Plan (Habitat Improvement Plan) at the Fire Creek Mine Project (Mine Project). The Habitat Improvement Plan was developed by Klondex, collaboratively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District (BMD), Mount Lewis Field Office (MLFO) and the grazing permittee within the mine area. The Habitat Improvement Plan involves implementing onsite habitat improvements to offset disturbance within Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) habitat management areas from the Mine Project that were not addressed through avoidance and minimization actions.
BLM and Klondex developed the Habitat Improvement Plan as voluntary measures for impacts from the Mine Project to GRSG habitat and the Habitat Improvement Plan follows the Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments for the Great Basin Region, Including the Greater Sage-Grouse Sub-Regions of Idaho and southwestern Montana, Nevada and Northeastern California, Oregon, and Utah (ARMPA) guidance for offsetting impacts to GRSG, including the consideration of using the State of Nevada’s Credit Conservation System (CCS) and associated habitat analysis tools. The Proposed Action includes the actions proposed in the Habitat Improvement Plan.