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Release Date: 03/30/12
Contacts: Hillerie C. Patton , 702-515-5046 ,

BLM Releases EIS and Decision on Upper Las Vegas Wash Boundary Adjustments

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is releasing the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and issuing the Record of Decision that addresses boundary adjustments to the 5,000-acre Conservation Transfer Area, also known as the Upper Las Vegas Wash, in the northwest Las Vegas Valley.
The Upper Las Vegas Wash is a deep drainage cut by thousands of years of run off and flooding. The area contains significant paleontological, botanical, and cultural resources such as extinct mammoth and ground sloth fossils.  The Las Vegas bearpoppy, Merriam’s bearpoppy, and the Las Vegas buckwheat are three rare Mojave Desert plant species found in the Upper Las Vegas Wash.
In the Final SEIS and Record of Decision, Alternative B is identified as the preferred alternative. In Alternative B, 10,670 acres, which includes culturally significant lands, the fossil formation, sensitive plant resources, the active wash, open space adjacent to the Las Vegas Paiute reservation, and the adjacent alluvial fan as unavailable for disposal and development. Alternative B also identifies 2,653 acres for disposal for future development.  The BLM held three public scoping meetings on the SEIS, and received more than 1,900 comments from public and private entities.

A notice published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register on Friday, March 30, 2012 announces the availability of the Final SEIS. The final decision on the Upper Las Vegas Wash Conservation Transfer Area will not become effective for a minimum of 30 days.

For more information, please contact Bob Ross at 702-515-5000, or by email:

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. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-02-2012