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The regular board meeting of the Nevada Irrigation District board scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled. The next regular meeting of the board will be at 9 a.m., Feb. 22, in the NID headquarters board room, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

– The Union staff

The Bureau of Land Management grazing fee for 2006 will be $1.56 per animal unit month, effective March 1, down 15 percent from the 2005 rate of $1.79.

An AUM fee is based on a BLM formula using a 1966 base value of $1.23 and cannot exceed or decrease the prior year’s fee by 25 percent. An AUM is the amount of forage needed per month for one cow and her calf, a horse, five sheep or goats.

The figure is adjusted yearly to figure in current private grazing land lease rates, cattle prices and livestock production costs. The fee will apply to 16 western states, including California, for 18,000 BLM and 8,000 U.S. Forest Service grazing permits. The national grassland fee in the East and the Midwest is $1.73 per AUM. For more information, call the BLM at (202) 452-5137 or the Forest Service at (202) 205-0914.

– Dave Moller

The deadline for responses to the Bureau of Land Management proposal to spray herbicides on western U.S. land is Friday.

Send written comments to Brian Amme, project manager, BLM, P.O. Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520-0006. Comments may also be faxed to (775) 861-6712 or e-mailed to To view a story about this issue, see

– The Union staff

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