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Tonopah Field Office
Release Date: 05/02/13
Contacts: Mark Ennes , 775-482-7835 ,
News Release No. BMDO 2013-11

BLM Opens 70-Acres of Public Land for Lease or Disposal

Tonopah, Nev.--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office, is opening 70 acres previously classified under the Recreation & Public Purposes Act. The lease holders, Esmeralda and Nye counties and the Beatty General Improvement District, chose not to pursue new leases or patents to these lands.

The three parcels being reopened include the 20-acre Sportsmen Park and fish pond at Rye Patch Creek, near Tonopah; a 10-acre proposed municipal park in Beatty; and a 40-acre emergency services training center site at Silver Peak.

A notice published in the Federal Register on October 30, 2013, opens these public lands to the operation of the public land laws generally, including the 1872 Mining Law. The lands have been and will remain open to mineral leasing.

The case files are available at the BLM Tonopah Field Office, 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049. Information is also available at, or contact Mark Ennes, Tonopah Field Office Assistant Field Manager, Non-Renewable Resources, at (775) 482-7835, or email at

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.

Tonopah Field Office   1553 S. Main St.      Tonopah, NV 89049  

Last updated: 05-02-2013