DATE: September 22, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-61
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN MULTIPLE-USE AGREEMENT REACHED
Thanks to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Elko County Conservation Association, and other parties, the much-discussed Spruce Mountain Agreement is a major step closer to being official.
Interested parties have reached agreement on the future management of Spruce Mountain including recreation, motorized vehicle access on existing graded road and two-track trails, related activities, and wildlife habitat concerns.
An all terrain vehicle route was originally proposed by the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority in late 2003. BLM Elko Field Office published an Environmental Assessment on the proposal earlier this year. Ensuing discussions raised concerns about critical wildlife habitat, impacts to livestock operations, historic structures, and other issues.
BLM Elko Field Manager Helen Hankins commented, “There have been a lot of interest, concern, and discussion in the community about Spruce Mountain. The area is a wildlife and culturally sensitive area and we’ll be working with all interested groups to protect crucial mule deer winter range, lessen any potential adverse impacts to other wildlife species, and protect significant cultural resources. We expect to complete the administrative work for Spruce Mountain before the end of the year and will have more information to share with people then.”
For questions or more information, please contact Clint Oke by phone - (775) 753-0200, by email - email@example.com, or by mail - 3900 Idaho St., Elko, NV, 89801.