Silver State Trail Study
In 2006, the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act directed the BLM, Ely District Office to prepare a study of routes for the Silver State Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trail in White Pine County. The White Pine Act requires that the BLM take a hard look at the potential impacts to natural and cultural resources before recommending additions to the Silver State Trail. The Silver State Trail was first designated by Congress through the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation and Development Act of 2004. Although a formal study and analysis was not prepared for the Lincoln County Silver State Trail; the BLM has completed a management plan that includes measures to evaluate and manage appropriate levels of use to minimize environmental impacts and prevent impacts to cultural resources.
The White Pine Trail will only be designated if the BLM determines there would be no negative significant impacts to wildlife, natural or cultural resources, or traditional uses such as hunting and ranching. Any preferred route for the White Pine Trail must utilize existing roads and trails, extend from the Lincoln County Trail and run in a north-south direction. In addition to these requirements, the BLM has identified several questions and areas of concern related to the identification of alternative routes for analysis. The BLM requests your input on these questions and any other concerns you have in order to more fully understand the need for, and the potential effects of, designating a White Pine County Silver State Trail.
• What types of recreational opportunities should the BLM provide through designation of a White Pine County Silver State Trail?
• Should the trail connect to local communities in White Pine County?
• Will the current use of existing roads and trails change following designation of a Silver State Trail in White Pine County? Should the trail remain open to regular vehicle traffic?
• What are the issues of the trail crossing highways? Utilizing county roads?
• Are there specific valleys or ranges that should include the trail? Are there specific valleys or ranges that the trail should avoid?
• What is the expected level of use for the trail?
The BLM will consider all public input in the development of a range of alternative routes and the issues and concerns regarding those alternatives in the preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA). The public scoping period for the preliminary EA began on March 16, 2009 and will continue through April 17, 2009. Once the preliminary EA is completed, there will be additional opportunities to participate and comment before a preferred alternative is selected.
For more information, contact the Ely District Office at (775) 289-1800. Thank you for your input, comments and recommendations.