The Range Division manages the use and conservation of rangelands on the Reservation. This includes issuing grazing permits for designated range units and short-term grazing leases on assignments and Tribal land, treatments of tribal rangelands, and fence construction and maintenance.
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- Grazing Permits – The Range Division administers the grazing permit program for Tribal rangelands. The Division oversees advertisement, application, preparation, and compliance of grazing permits.
- Short-term pasture leasing – The Range Division prepares all short term pasture leases for Tribal land, assigned or unassigned. The Division is responsible for pre-lease inpsections, application processing, lease preparation, and compliance of short-term pasture leases.
- Compliance of surface disturbance –
- The Range Division participates in on-site inspections for energy-related projects on tribal lands as the designated representative for DNR and drafts on-site inspection reports and site-specific stipulations for such lands. The Range Division then submits the inspection reports and stipulations to DOE and the BIA.
- For energy-related activities on assigned tribal lands, the Range Division completes the Assignment Assessment form and submits it to the Lands Division and prepares recommendations regarding whether improvements will be impacted by the proposed development on the Tribal Assignment.
- The Range Division is responsible for generating surface reclamation stipulations for Plug and Abandonment of well sites and Decommissioning of compressor sites, pipelines and other gas/oil facilities. A copy of such stipulations will be submitted to BIA.
- The Range Division conducts inspections to determine compliance as it relates to mitigation of impacts from surface disturbing activities and all phases of surface reclamation on energy related rights-of-way, surface leases, and associated facilities on Tribal Lands to ensure that both general and site-specific stipulations are adhered to pertaining to new construction and maintenance of existing facilities. Inspection/compliance reports are submitted to the appropriate federal regulatory agency for enforcement action as needed, in consultation with DOE.
- Range Improvement Maintenance – The Division conducts projects to maintain or construct range improvements on Tribal range units in response to resource needs/protection. This is subject budget funding levels.
Services to Tribal Members
- Provides professional technical advice on proper grazing management and property management to all Tribal members and programs who request it. This includes property evaluations, grazing plans, pasture design, etc.
- Provides plant identification services to any Tribal member or program requesting it.
- Provides resource assessment to support Tribal land assignments or purchases.