Nevada faces most of the broad issues before BLM today and is a microcosm of many national issues: sustainable energy production and renewable energy development (wind, solar, geothermal), energy infrastructure (priority corridors), habitat conservation for sensitive species (sage grouse), healthy forests and rangelands, implementing the National Fire Plan, restoring fire-affected landscapes, developing recreation opportunities and balancing recreation and OHVs uses, water rights, and federal, state, county and local land tenure, to name but a few. Indeed, rapid urban growth presents one of the most challenging planning aspects for BLM in Nevada.
BLM Nevada administers approximately 47,500,000 acres and is currently engaged in revising several of its land use plans, including major revisions and consolidation of its older land use plans. The current status of BLM Nevada land use plans is identified on a map and in a table on the Land Use Planning Schedule
BLM Nevada collaborates with rural communities to address future economic and sustainable development and rural “urbanization” and its related issues in Land Use Plans. Many of these growth issues are closely inter-related with development of County public lands bills.
BLM Nevada encourages the participation of federal and state agencies, as well as Tribal and local governments and counties in collaborative and joint planning in all its planning efforts. Experience has demonstrated that while this process can be complex at times it produces superior plans which address the needs of our public lands users. Local community participation can be most helpful in providing valuable input through the participation of county representatives on planning teams as cooperating agencies, to assist in resolving and coming to consensus on critical or controversial issues raised in the planning process.
The key points of participation for BLM planning efforts are in development of the “Analysis of the Management Situation”, which identifies social and economic information on current uses, trends, opportunities and constraints, and provides a baseline to develop alternatives for future management of resources and lands. Other areas communities and agencies can provide valuable participation, is in the Scoping, Alternative formulation, and Draft EIS review processes.
In May 2014 the BLM launched "Planning 2.0" by seeking public input on how the BLM can improve the land use planning process. Visit the Planning 2.0 website for more information on this initiative. http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/planning/planning_overview/planning_2_0.html