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Tucson Field Office
Release Date: 07/09/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka, Public Affairs Specialist. 928-348-4403.    
  Linda Dunlavey, Realty Specialist, 520-258-7260,    

Proposed Public Land Sale Would Benefit Local Fire District

Tucson, Ariz. A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Notice of Realty Action (NORA) was published in the Federal Register today, July 5. The NORA announces the proposed non-competitive, direct sale of approximately six acres of BLM-managed public lands by the BLM Tucson Field Office to the Three Points Fire District in Pima County. This initiates a 45-day public review and comment period that ends on Monday, August 19, 2013.

“This land sale will benefit the fire district and the community they serve,” said Karen Simms, Acting Field Manager for the Tucson Field Office. “The Recreation and Public Purposes process and direct sales of identified disposal lands are two ways that the BLM assists state and local government agencies and qualified nonprofit organizations.”

Prior to the proposed sale, the BLM conducted a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and Biological and Archaeological Survey. A mineral report completed in 2012 found nothing of significance. An appraisal report was completed on October 5, 2012.

The Phoenix District Resource Management Plan had identified the land for disposal in 1988.   The fire district has occupied the site since 1995 through a Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act lease and would now like to purchase the land. 

The sale can occur any time after the 45-day public comment period. The patent would be issued subject to the rights of current right-of-way holders. The Federal Register can be reviewed online or at the Tucson Field Office, located at 3201 East Universal Way, Tucson, AZ 85756. Public comments should be submitted to the above address. For more information, call Linda Dunlavey at 520-258-7260 or email her at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 07-09-2013