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1 Nevada Pinyon-Juniper Partnership Proposed Demonstration Area A Brief Introduction Presented by Jeremy Drew Project Manager Resource Concepts, Inc.

2 What I ll Discuss: Purpose of a Demonstration Area Priorities for Locating the Area Locating a Demonstration Area: Quick Review of Mapping Analysis The Need for Restoration Potential Utilization Opportunity

3 The Purpose of a Demonstration Area The purpose of the Demonstration Area is to designate a location where funding, agency operations, professional expertise, and privatepublic partnerships can focus on restoring ecosystem health and resilience of sagebrush and pinyon-juniper (PJ) woodland ecosystems by actively treating pinyon and juniper.

4 The Proposed Demonstration Area

5 Priorities for Selecting a Demonstration Area 1. ID Areas with an Ecological Need for Treatment of PJ (Watershed, Habitat, ES Health, Fuels, etc.) 2. Maximize Potential for Multiple Positive Resource Outcomes from Landscape Treatments 3. ID Areas that are Ready for Action for Restoration at a Landscape Level 4. Maximize Potential for Partnership and Funding Opportunities 5. ID Areas where Utilization Opportunity Could Enhance Restoration Treatments

6 Locating a Demonstration Area Quick Review of Mapping Analysis Starting Point: 9.16 Million Acres of PJ Distribution Statewide

7 Locating a Demonstration Area Quick Review of Mapping Analysis State: Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Department of Wildlife Federal: Bureau of Land Management US Forest Service

8 Locating a Demonstration Area Quick Review of Mapping Analysis State: Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Department of Wildlife Federal: Bureau of Land Management US Forest Service

9 Locating a Demonstration Area Quick Review of Mapping Analysis State: Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Department of Wildlife Federal: Bureau of Land Management US Forest Service

10 Locating a Demonstration Area Quick Review of Mapping Analysis State: Nevada Division of Forestry Nevada Department of Wildlife Federal: Bureau of Land Management US Forest Service

11 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area Major Vegetation Types Found on Public Lands in the Planning Area Sagebrush (5,619,500) Pinyon-Juniper (3,593,400) Pinyon-Juniper (31.5%) Aspen (0.1%) High Elevation Conifers (0.5%) Salt Desert Shrub (10.7%) Sagebrush (49.3%) Mountain Mahogany (0.4%) Mojave Desert Vegetation (7.5%) Riparian / Wetland (0.0%) Nonnative Seedings (2.4%) Chart developed based on information from Tables from the Final Ely District EIS.

12 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area From: Ely RMP/EIS Map Sagebrush Communities where Pinyon and/or Juniper are Increasing on BLMadministered Land

13 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area Current vs Desired Range of Conditions for the Sagebrush Vegetation Type within the Ely District Current State Desired State 1,000, , ,000 Acres 500, , ,975 0 Tree State (Expansion of pinyon and juniper) Chart developed based on information from Tables and from the Final Ely District EIS (Current State) and Table 7 from the Approved Resource Management Plan (Desired State).

14 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area Current vs Desired Range of Conditions for the Pinyon-Juniper Vegetation Type within the Ely BLM District Current Conditions Desired Range of Conditions 4.00 Acres (millions) Herbaceous State Immature Woodland Phase Mature Woodland Phase Overmature Woodland Phase Annual Invasives Phase Vegetation State Chart developed based on information from Tables and from the Final Ely District EIS (Current State) and Table 2 from the Approved Resource Management Plan (Desired State).

15 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area Excerpts from the Ely Ranger District s Lowry Hazardous Fuels Reduction Plan This action responds to the goals and objectives outlined in the Humboldt National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, and helps move the project area towards desired conditions. Forest-wide goals applicable to this project are: Goal #10 Identify, protect, interpret, and manage significant cultural resources. Goal #14 Improve the current productive level of wildlife habitat with emphasis on maintaining or improving limiting factors such as big game winter ranges measured in acres in cooperation with Nevada Department of Wildlife. Goal #21 Maintain sensitive plant species Goal #24 Emphasize the control of priority 1 noxious weeds Goal #29 Provide water and soil resource input to other resource activities to protect or improve water quality and soil productivity Goal #52 Establish and maintain fuel mosaics, which result in an acceptable hazard and spread potential of wildfire, allow an appropriate wildfire suppression and contribute to other resource programs and aesthetics.

16 The Need for Restoration within the Demonstration Area Excerpts from the Ely Ranger District s Lowry Hazardous Fuels Reduction Plan Mechanical Treatment The mechanical treatments would be emphasized on slopes less than 30%, along the roads edges, and in the black sagebrush communities where pinyon and junipers are expanding. Post treatment spacing would be feet between trees to reduce the threat of wildfire and encourage the growth of key understory ecosystem components. The mechanical treatment area includes 3,253 acres. Trees will be completely removed by low impact machinery, or masticated in place. If removed, trees will be cut at their base and then placed onto an attached trailer or separate vehicle for removal. Existing roads will be used whenever possible. However, because of the limited road system, the machinery will also travel cross country. In urban interface areas tree spacing would be greater in order to further reduce wildfire risks. Potential equipment that may be used would be chainsaws, three wheeled shears, tracked vehicles, rubber tire skidders and a portable chipper. Only low-soil-impact equipment would be used. The work would be accomplished by using contractors. Follow up understory prescribed burning would only be used where safe and appropriate.

17 Potential Utilization Opportunity

18 Potential Utilization Opportunity Potential Harvestable P-J Near Ely, Nevada Zone (Radial Miles from Ely) Zone Acreage Cumulative Acreage ,000 54, , , , , , , , ,000 Potential Harvestable P-J Near Pioche, Nevada Zone (Radial Miles from Pioce) Zone Acreage Cumulative Acreage ,000 32, , , , , , , , ,000

19 Potential Utilization Opportunity Hypothetically; a 10 Megawatt Biomass Power Facility: Requires 67,000 bone-dry tons (BDT) of biomass per year Restoration of Phase II III Woodlands in the Ely District have generated between 4 and 11 BDT per acre Assuming 5 BDT per acre is generated from restoration projects in overmature PJ Woodlands Approximately 13,000 acres of restoration per year would be desired to operate the plant If the plant were to operate for 20 years it would require the restoration of about 260,000 acres of PJ: ~35% of the Potential Harvestable Acres Around Ely ~36% of the Potential Harvestable Acres Around Pioche

20 We Hope that this Short Summary Stimulates Discussion for the Remainder of the Summit Questions Please

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