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The Bureau of Land Management’s Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices intend to revise the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan (RMP). This plan revision will be focused on resource issues that need clarification or adjustment, and emerging issues not addressed in the current plan that need new decisions and management guidance. 

Planning Area:
The planning area is located in southern Nevada and includes all public lands managed by the Las Vegas Field Office within Clark County and all public lands managed by the Pahrump Field Office in southern Nye County, outside the Air Force’s Nellis Test and Training Range. The planning area is bordered by:

  • To the east - Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; Mojave County, Arizona; and lands managed by the BLM’s Arizona Strip Field Office
  • To the north  - Desert National Wildlife Range and the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge; the Air Force’s Nellis Test and Training Range; Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site; Lincoln and Esmerelda counties, Nevada; and lands managed by the BLM’s Caliente and Tonopah Field Offices
  • To the west - Death Valley National Park; San Bernardino County, California; and public lands managed by the BLM’s Barstow Field Office
  • To the south - Mojave National Preserve and public lands managed by BLM’s Needles and Kingman Field Offices

The planning area surrounds, but does not include: the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Major drainages in the planning area include the Amargosa, Muddy and Virgin Rivers and Meadow Valley Wash.

The planning process will take about three years to complete. Along with the RMP, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed as part of the planning process to understand the effects of land management actions on resources found within the Field Offices as well as to public land users. An integral component of the RMP Revision is public involvement. Throughout the project, stakeholders and residents will have opportunities to participate and share their insights and comments.

This web site provides the latest information on the development of the RMP Revision and the EIS. As the project progresses, this web site will including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents. 

What will the Revision Address?:
The lands in the RMP decision area are currently managed under the Las Vegas RMP (1998) and its amendments. Since then the planning area has undergone significant population growth. This has led to new planning and resource management needs to cope with new uses of and demands on the public lands. Since October 1998, RMP has been updated by plan amendments and maintenance actions and several new statutes. The existing RMP also contains somewhat inconsistent and confusing language that needs to be corrected.

The RMP will establish consolidated guidance and updated objectives and management actions for the public lands in the decision area. It will be comprehensive in nature and will address issue categories applicable within the decision area that have been identified through agency, interagency, and public scoping efforts. Preliminary issues for the planning area have been identified by BLM personnel, other State and Federal agencies, and other stakeholders. These issues include:  

  • Renewable energy development for solar, wind, and geothermal power;
  • Management of site-type rights-of-way for renewable energy and other uses;
  • Visual Resources Management (VRM) Classes;
  • Land tenure adjustments to meet community growth needs;
  • Management of split estate lands;
  • Evaluation of existing and potential new Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC);
  • Wild and Scenic River designation;
  • Off-Highway Vehicle designations and Special Recreation Management Areas; and
  • Fluid mineral management stipulations to protect sensitive resources.

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