U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act|
Congress designates Wilderness Areas, which are defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964 as a place "…Where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Designation is meant to ensure that the land is preserved and protected in its natural condition. Wilderness Areas can contain ecological, geological or other features that have a historic, scenic or scientific value.
Wilderness Areas offer visitors outstanding opportunities for solitude, as well as primitive and unconfined types of recreation. Caving, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, primitive camping, rock climbing and rocking hounding are all allowed inside Wilderness Areas. Mechanized forms of transportation, such as automobiles, ATVs, motorcycles and mountain bikes, are not allowed inside Wilderness Areas.
Transfers of Administrative Jurisdiction
The Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act (LCCRDA) directed administrative jurisdiction over 8,503 acres of land identified on the LCCRDA map be transferred from the BLM to the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for inclusion in the Desert National Wildlife Range and the administrative jurisdiction over 8,382 acres of land identified on the LCCCRDA map be transferred from the FWS to the BLM.
This title amends the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998 (SNPLMA) to improve the effectiveness of the Act, while proposing new conservation-oriented expenditure categories from the Special Account.
Amendments to the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998
The Act directed BLM to convey to Lincoln County, subject to valid existing rights, for no consideration, all right title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcels of land up to 15,000 acres for open space as identified by the County in consultation with BLM.
In addition, the Act directed BLM to convey to the State of Nevada, subject to valid existing rights, for no consideration, all rights, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcels of land identified as ‘NV St. Park Expansion Proposal.’ Any costs relating to conveyance of these lands, including costs of surveys and other administrative costs, shall be paid by the County and State respectively. BLM is also directed to convey to the State of Nevada, subject to valid existing rights, for no consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the parcels of land described if there is a written agreement between the State and Lincoln County, Nevada, supporting such a conveyance. Any costs relating to the said conveyance shall be paid by the State.