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Black Rock National Conservation Area (NCA) Administrative Facility
Shared-use Compound Will Support Black Rock Management
Project: Build a facility near Gerlach to support management of the NCA and other public lands managed by the BLM in northwestern Nevada. The shared-use facility will include: an 1,800 square foot combined office and visitor information building; a 2,100 square foot barracks building; an 1,800 square foot warehouse building; and an 11,000 square foot fenced storage yard.
ARRA Funding Level: $3,588,000
Progress: Good progress is being made on the construction of the Administrative Facility, Barracks, and Storage Facility.
Contracts: The $2,899,845 contract was awarded to the URS Group of Denver through a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Completion target date: May 2011
Jobs: The project will employ an estimated 50 contract workers.
Local purchases: The economic impact on the Gerlach area will be substantial.
Benefits and Needs: The shared-use compound will have a visitor center that will serve as a point of contact in this remote area as well as a place to get information about the area. The visitor center will be primarily staffed by members of the Friends of Black Rock. Other facilities will be office space, employee temporary housing and storage and work areas. The compound will also serve as a secure location for staging fire and law enforcement resources during critical times.
Background: The area is managed by the Black Rock Field Office in Winnemucca, which is 100 miles by gravel road from Gerlach. The long commute limits the time that resource management and visitor contacts can put boots on the ground in the Black Rock area.
Black Rock Administrative Facility - Feb. 2011