DATE: August 2, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-56
BLM FALL LAND SALE PLANNED
Eleven parcels comprising 3,906 acres of BLM-administered public lands in Elko and Lander Counties are proposed to be sold this fall. The parcels range in size from 80 acres to 663 acres.
BLM Elko Field Office began meeting with local governments more than a year ago to discuss plans for land sales.
“The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) provides for sale authority for public lands that are uneconomic or difficult parcels to manage,” said BLM Elko Field Manager Helen Hankins. “Under FLMPA, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of land is deposited directly to the U.S. Treasury general fund and is not available to local field offices to use to process sale requests.”
Hankins continued, “The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act of 2000 established a funding mechanism to pay BLM’s administrative costs. The lands have to have been identified in approved land use plans as of July 25, 2000. There has also been an increasing interest in selling federally managed land in Elko County.”
When public land sales are conducted under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, the proceeds from the sale of public lands in Nevada mostly stay in Nevada. Four percent of the total proceeds are paid to the Nevada state school fund. Eighty percent of the remaining proceeds go to BLM Nevada for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands, or interests in lands such as conservation easements. The other twenty percent may go in the Federal Land Disposal account for use by all states to use to fund the work required by BLM to offer other lands for sale.
The Elko Field Office parcels will be sold competitively. The minimum bid will begin at the appraised fair market value. Fair market value has not been established yet and is expected within the next 45 days. No bids lower than the appraised value will be accepted.
The sale date will be held at the BLM Elko Field Office. The exact date of the sale will be announced soon.
For questions, more information, to receive a map and/or detailed list of the parcels with legal descriptions, or to comment on the proposed sales, please contact Darci Beaupeurt at (775) 753-0251, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail – BLM Elko Field Office, 3900 East Idaho Street., Elko, NV 89801.