U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Elko District Office
|Release Date: 07/15/11|
|News Release No. 2011-45|
BLM Seeks Public Input for Spruce Mountain Recreation Area
ELKO, Nev.—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wells Field Office is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues for the Spruce Mountain Recreation amendment to the 1985 Wells Resource Management Plan (RMP). The BLM is seeking public input to develop recreation management planning for off-highway vehicle use in this area. A notice of intent to prepare a plan amendment and environmental assessment was published in the Federal Register on July 15, 2011 which opens a 45-day public scoping period which will close on Aug. 29, 2011. The Elko District Office is also hosting an open house on Aug. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The project area includes Spruce Mountain, located 35 miles south of Wells, Nev., and east of Highway 93, and is delineated as Nevada Department of Wildlife Hunt Unit 105. The project area encompasses 464,217 acres. Within the project area, the BLM proposes to change the 1985 Wells RMP off-highway vehicle designation from “open” unrestricted cross-country travel, to a “limited” designation. Limitations could include type or mode of travel; time or season of use; vehicle type; administrative use only; and limited to only those routes that are designated through the planning process. A defined travel network on the existing 1,799 miles of route would be established during the RMP amendment process.
The BLM is also proposing to identify the project area as an Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA). Management actions in an ERMA would allow for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunity, while also interpreting and protecting valuable cultural sites; protect crucial mule deer and sage grouse habitat; and provide for visitor health and safety.
Comments will be made available to the public; therefore, personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses may be withheld.
An environmental assessment will be prepared to analyze the affects to resources once the plan is developed. Further public review and comment will be provided at that time.
For more information contact Tamara Hawthorne at (775) 753-0356, or submit comments via e-mail to spruce_wells_EA@blm.gov, or mail to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: T. Hawthorne, 3900 East Idaho Street, Elko NV 89801.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
Elko District Office 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801
|Last updated: 07-15-2011|
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