Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Environmental Assessment: Research and Recovery Actions
This environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared to evaluate four alternatives, including no action, and the associated environmental impacts from implementing a proposal to conduct population monitoring, research, and translocations of federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis sierra) within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Project activities are being proposed primarily to facilitate meeting the goals of the Recovery Plan for Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (Recovery Plan), and to inform the development of a new Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/EIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The proposal includes projects that would directly aid in planning and implementing actions identified as necessary to enable the recovery of this endangered species. Proposed project activities, including helicopter-supported capture of bighorn sheep with net guns, would be conducted primarily in wilderness areas of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and on adjoining Inyo NF lands.
Comment Period: 06/14/2011 - 07/21/2011