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Elko District Office
Release Date: 08/14/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-061

BLM seeks information on the preparation of six grazing allotment renewals

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko District, Wells Field Office is proposing to renew/issue the grazing permits for six allotments and is seeking any data or information to be considered in draft assessments.

The allotments are Barton, Gulley, Little Goose Creek located north of Wells, Nev. and Ruby #6, Odgers, and North Butte Valley located south of Wells. The proposed/affected permittees are the Pleasant Valley Grazing Association (Barton); Simplot J.R. SRDT (Gulley); Winecup, Inc. (Little Goose Creek); Michael O. Morrison (North Butte Valley); and Steve Neff Company, Inc (Ruby #6).; John E. Neff Company, Inc (Ruby #6); J Bar M Ranch (Ruby #6).

The Wells Field Office invites public participation in these permit renewals and will be seeking public comment at several times throughout the process.

The first step in this process will be to assess monitoring data and make draft determinations on the level of attainment of the Standards and Guidelines for Nevada’s Northeastern Great Basin Area. The Standards and Guidelines are the benchmarks of resource conditions and ecosystem function applicable to lands upon which BLM authorizes grazing.

BLM will then develop a range of possible future management alternatives for each of these allotments. These alternatives will be subjected to an analysis and disclosure of impacts to the human environment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The final step will be to issue the final standards and guidelines determinations and grazing decisions will be issued to implement the results of the NEPA analysis.

At this time, the Wells Field Office welcomes submission of any data or information on these allotments the permittees or members of the public have that could be used in the draft determinations for rangeland health. Comments, monitoring data and/or information may be mailed to the Elko District Office at 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801; faxed to (775) 753-0255; or e-mailed to All information must be received in this office by close of business on Sept. 6, 2013.

Before including your address, phone number or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 08-19-2013