[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 84 (Tuesday, May 1, 2012)]
[Pages 25735-25736]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-10424]



Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVC02000 LF2200000.JS0000.LFESGA1D0000; 12-08807; MO 
4500031135; TAS: 14X1125]

Notice of Temporary Restriction of Vehicle Use and Closure to 
Tree Cutting and Wood Harvesting on Public Land in Douglas County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as authorized under the 
provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and 
pursuant to BLM regulations, is temporarily restricting travel by 
motorized vehicles to existing posted roads and two-track trails and 
issuing a

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temporary closure to wood harvesting and/or tree cutting on public land 
within the Ray May Fire burn area located south of Gardnerville, 
Nevada, in the Pine Nut Mountains east of U.S. Highway 395 in Douglas 
County, Nevada.

DATES: Effective Dates: The temporary restriction and closure of the 
described public use will be in effect from May 1, 2012 to August 1, 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Elliott, fire planner, 775-885-
6167, email: [email protected]. Persons who use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay 
Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during 
normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a 
week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You 
will receive a reply during normal business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1, restriction of 
cross-country vehicle travel and closure to tree cutting and wood 
collecting on a portion of the area burned by the Ray May Fire in 
August 2011 is necessary to promote successful rehabilitation of the 
    The area is on public land on the west side of the Pine Nut 
Mountains. The affected public lands are described as follows:

Mount Diablo Meridian

T. 11 N., R. 21 E.
    Sec. 1, SW\1/4\, SW\1/4\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 3, Lot 4, SW\1/4\NW\1/4\, W\1/2\SW\1/4\, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\, 
    Sec. 4, Lots 21-24, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, NE\1/4\SW\1/4\, SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 9, NE\1/4\NE\1/4\;
    Sec. 10, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, N\1/2\NW\1/4\;
    Sec. 12, NW\1/4\NE\1/4\, N\1/2\NW\1/4\.

T. 12 N., R. 21 E.
    Sec. 26, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\, S\1/2\SE\1/4\;
    Sec. 34, W\1/2\SW\1/4\, SE\1/4\SW\1/4\;
    Sec. 35, E\1/2\, N\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\NW\1/4\, N\1/2\SW\1/4\, 
    Sec. 36, NW\1/4\NW\1/4\, S\1/2\NW\1/4\, SW\1/4\, SW\1/4\SE\1/4\.

    The area described contains 2,267.91 acres, more or less, in 
Douglas County.

This temporary restriction and closure order will be posted at the 
Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, 
Nevada. Maps of the closure area are also available at the Carson City 
District Office.
    On November 23, 2011, the BLM signed a Decision Record for the Ray 
May Fire Emergency Action, Temporary Closures Environmental Assessment 
(EA) to implement these restrictions and closure. The EA analyzed these 
actions and is available to the public on the District Web site at 
http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/carson_city_field.html. Restricting 
vehicle use to posted roads and two-track trails and closing the area 
to wood collecting and wood cutting will improve post-fire recovery and 
rehabilitation of the Ray May Fire burn area as outlined in the 2011 
Post-Fire Recovery Plan, Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area 
Rehabilitation Plan for Ray May Fire. To meet the goals of the 
rehabilitation plan, restrictions and closures need to be in effect for 
at least 3 growing seasons, ensuring sufficient regrowth of perennial 
plants and adequate stabilization of soils.
    Motorized vehicle use within the burn area will be restricted to 
existing posted roads and two-track trails. The BLM will post roads and 
two-track trails open to use during this period. This restriction 
applies to all motorized vehicles, excluding:
    (1) Any emergency or law enforcement vehicle while being used for 
emergency or administrative purposes; and
    (2) Any vehicle whose use is expressly authorized in writing by the 
manager, Sierra Front Field Office.
    Closing the area to wood harvesting and/or tree cutting is 
necessary because the BLM uses the burned trees to create erosion 
breaks. This restriction applies to all persons excluding:
    (1) BLM personnel; and
    (2) Any person who is expressly authorized in writing by the 
manager, Sierra Front Field Office.
    If satisfactory rehabilitation is achieved prior to August 1, 2014, 
the restriction will be lifted. If the rehabilitation has not met the 
established benchmarks for success in the Ray May Fire Rehabilitation 
Plan by August 1, 2014, the BLM will consider reissuing the restriction 
    Penalties: Any person who fails to comply with the restriction 
order is subject to arrest and, upon conviction, may be fined not more 
than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 12 months.

    Authority:  43 CFR 8364.1.

Christopher J. McAlear,
District Manager, Carson City District Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-10424 Filed 4-30-12; 8:45 am]