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Upper Las Vegas Wash Conservation Transfer Area, Las Vegas, Nevada
Record of Decision and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Las Vegas Field Office NEPA # DOI-BLM-NV-S010-2007-0444-EIS
ePlanning NEPA # DOI-BLM-NV-S010-2007-0001-EIS

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is releasing the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and issuing the Record of Decision that addresses boundary adjustments to the 5,000-acre Conservation Transfer Area, also known as the Upper Las Vegas Wash, in the northwest Las Vegas Valley. The document is available under the Documents section of this website.

The Upper Las Vegas Wash is a deep drainage cut by thousands of years of run off and flooding.  The area contains significant paleontological, botanical, and cultural resources such as extinct mammoth and ground sloth fossils. The Las Vegas bearpoppy, Merriam’s bearpoppy, and the Las Vegas buckwheat are three rare Mojave Desert plant species found in the Upper Las Vegas Wash.

In the Final SEIS and Record of Decision, Alternative B is identified as the preferred alternative.  In Alternative B, 10,670 acres, which includes culturally significant lands, the fossil formation, sensitive plant resources, the active wash, open space adjacent to the Las Vegas Paiute reservation, and the adjacent alluvial fan as unavailable for disposal and development. Alternative B also identifies 2,653 acres for disposal for future development.  The BLM held three public scoping meetings on the SEIS, and received more than 1,900 comments from public and private entities.

A notice published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Federal Register on Friday, March 30, 2012 announces the availability of the Final SEIS.  The final decision on the Upper Las Vegas Wash Conservation Transfer Area will not become effective for a minimum of 30 days.

For more information, please contact Bob Ross at 702-515-5000, or by email: bross@blm.gov

Appeal Rights

This decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals, Office of the Secretary, in accordance with the regulations contained in 43 CFR Part 4. If an appeal is filed, the following procedures must be followed:

• The Notice of Appeal must be in writing and filed (postmarked) within 30 days of the date of the publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability in the

• You must fully state your reasons for appealing the decision.

• The Notice of Appeal must be addressed to the Field Manager, with a copy to the Regional Solicitor and the Interior Board of Land Appeal.

The appellant has the burden of showing that the decision appealed is in error. If you wish to file a petition, pursuant to 43 CFR §4.21, for a stay of the effectiveness of the approved ROD pending review of your appeal by the Board, the petition for a stay must accompany your Notice of Appeal. A petition must show sufficient justification based on relative harm, likelihood of success on the merits, immediate irreparable harm if the stay is not granted, and whether the public interest favors granting the stay. If you request a stay, you have the burden of proof to demonstrate that a stay should be granted.