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Gold Butte Recreation Analysis  


The BLM Las Vegas Field Office is conducting an analysis of non-motorized recreation within the seven Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) in Gold Butte. The analysis area is located within the Bunkerville Township in Northeast Clark County. The region lies between Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona and the Overton Arm of Lake Mead.

 Purpose:

Gather information about non-motorized recreation
  • Identify needs for capital improvements such as campgrounds, parking areas, and hiking trails
  • Develop a range of alternatives for recreation improvements
  • Inform a future site specific Gold Butte Management Plan. This will be an Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Management Plan.

Planning for recreation in the area will seek to manage recreational activities to the extent compatible with:

  • Managing the habitat for biodiversity and ecosystem health with special emphasis on specific wildlife and plant species, and
  • Protecting significant cultural sites from human disturbance and destruction.

Data gathered in this recreation analysis will inform management decisions at many levels. This effort compliments a number of on-going planning efforts we have shared with you and that many of you are participating in.

The term "areas of critical environmental concern" (often referred as "ACECs") means areas within the public lands where special management attention is required to protect and prevent irreparable damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources or other natural systems or processes, or to protect life and safety from natural hazards.

 The ACECs in Gold Butte were designated in 1998.

This area includes the following ACECs and the values for which the ACECs were established to conserve:

  • Gold Butte (Part A) – Desert Tortoise Critical Habitat
  • Gold Butte (Part B) – Cultural, scenic, wildlife habitat, sensitive species
  • Gold Butte (Part C) – wildlife habitat, scenic, botanical
  • Gold Butte Townsites – historic mining
  • Red Rock Spring – prehistoric habitation, rock art
  • Whitney Pocket - prehistoric habitation, historic, rock art

Devil’s Throat – natural hazard - sinkhole 

 

 

Public Scoping Open House Meetings

BLM has finalized locations and dates for the public scoping open house meetings for the Gold Butte Recreation Analysis. Join us at the following locations. All meetings are from 6 pm to 8 pm. The public will move at their own pace through stations dedicated to specific recreation activities with opportunities to provide comments and recreation use information on maps and comment forms.

Tuesday, March 20                     Mesquite Senior Center, 102 W. Old Mill Road, Mesquite, NV 89027
Wednesday, March 21, 2012    Moapa Valley Community Center, 320 N. Moapa Valley Road, Overton, NV 89040
Thursday, March 22, 2012         BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130