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Release Date: 03/07/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2013-12

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative Priorities

Each year the Bureau of Land Management develops priorities for the current round of proposals regarding funding from the Lincoln County Lands Act of 2000 and the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004. The BLM Ely District is asking the public to review and comment on the Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative (LCAI) Round 7 draft priorities. Comments will be accepted through Friday, April 5, 2013.  The draft priorities are:

• Toolstone Source Inventory, Evaluation, Protection and Management
• Development and Application of Archaeological Contexts
• Public Outreach and Educational Program Development for Archaeological Resources within Lincoln County, Nevada
• Areas Designated as Sensitive for Archaeological Resources
• Relocate, Document, and Update Records of Inadequately Documented Archaeological Resources

The public is also asked address any priorities that you would like to see included but are not addressed.  Please include sufficient information to identify the type of archaeological resource and/or the type of preservation activity(s) necessary.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Carol Bass or fax or email them to (775) 289-1910 or  Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, 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 Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative receives funding from the Lincoln County Lands Act of 2000 and Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, which authorize the use of revenues from the sale of public lands identified for disposal by the Acts and Ely Resource Management Plan.  The Acts created a special account in which 85 percent of the revenues from the land sales are deposited.  Funds in the special account may be used for a number of activities, including the inventory, evaluation, protection and management of unique archaeological resources in Lincoln County.  The remaining funds are distributed to the State of Nevada (5 percent) and Lincoln County (10 percent).

Additional information is available online at

To learn more, contact Carol Bass, BLM Ely District special legislation program manager, at (775) 289-1800 or

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.

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Last updated: 03-26-2013