Title

Characterization of the Effects of Use Authorizations on Soil, Vegetation, Prey and Raptors at the Orchard Training Area, Idaho

Document Type

NCA Publications/Reports

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Abstract

In 1993, Congress provided permanent protection to the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). This area is associated with a 130-km (81-mi) stretch of the Snake River Canyon and adjoining upland desert about 56 km (35 mi) south of Boise, Idaho (Figure A.1, Appendix A) and supports an exceptionally high density and diversity of nesting, wintering, and migrant raptors. The 196,279-ha (485,000-acre) NCA was established to “provide for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of raptor populations and habitats and the natural and environmental resources and values associated therewith, and of the scientific, cultural, and educational resources and values of the public lands in the conservation area.” The NCA includes within its boundaries the 56,227-ha (138,936-acre) Orchard Training Area (OTA), which has been used for military training by the Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG) since 1953.

Comments

Argonne National Laboratory, Environmental Assessment Division, Argonne, IL for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Lower Snake River District, Boise, ID.

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Characterization of the Effects of Use Authorizations on Soil, Vegetation, Prey and Raptors at the Orchard Training Area, Idaho

In 1993, Congress provided permanent protection to the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). This area is associated with a 130-km (81-mi) stretch of the Snake River Canyon and adjoining upland desert about 56 km (35 mi) south of Boise, Idaho (Figure A.1, Appendix A) and supports an exceptionally high density and diversity of nesting, wintering, and migrant raptors. The 196,279-ha (485,000-acre) NCA was established to “provide for the conservation, protection, and enhancement of raptor populations and habitats and the natural and environmental resources and values associated therewith, and of the scientific, cultural, and educational resources and values of the public lands in the conservation area.” The NCA includes within its boundaries the 56,227-ha (138,936-acre) Orchard Training Area (OTA), which has been used for military training by the Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG) since 1953.