DATE: July 23, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-50
DECISION RECORD ISSUED FOR CALIFORNIA TRAIL CENTER PROJECT
The Decision Record approving construction and operation of the California National
Historic Trails Interpretive Center near Elko, Nevada, has been issued by the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) Elko Field Office. Installing interpretive signs at four existing Interstate 80
rest stops in northern Nevada was also approved.
BLM completed an Environmental Assessment that analyzed the impacts of constructing the
Trail Center and installing the interpretive signs at I-80 rest stops.
“The next step is to drill the test well so that the prime contractor EDAW can complete the
Design Development phase of the building and grounds,” said BLM Elko Field Manager Helen
Hankins. “The next phase for the project will be developing construction documents (blue prints)
which should be completed in late 2004 and we plan to go out for bid in January 2005. Currently
the project is nearly 95% complete for the Design Development phase for the interpretive exhibits.
The interpretive design is planned to be completed in 2004.”
“The Trail Center project is a partnership,” concluded Hankins. “The City of Elko, Elko
County and the State of Nevada joined with BLM to fund the project. BLM will design, construct,
maintain, and operate the facility. The three public entities - city, county, and state - have committed a total of $6 million to match the Congressional authorization of up to $12 million. The Trail Center has been a grass roots citizens- initiated project since the beginning led by the local Humboldt Highroaders.
We want the public to stay involved.”
The Decision Record and Environmental Assessment are available on the BLM Elko Field
Office website (http://www.nv.blm.gov/Elko). Select “What We Do” and “NEPA” to locate the
document. For questions or more information, please contact David Jamiel at (775) 753-0213 or by email David_Jamiel@nv.blm.gov .
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