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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            April 7, 2005
CONTACT: Hillerie C. Patton BLM 702-515-5046
Cindy Herman Henderson 702-267-2051

BLM and City of Henderson to Announce Draft Plan for Sloan Canyon NCA

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the city of Henderson will hold an event Friday April 8 to announce the availability of the Draft Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The event will be held at 10 a.m. at Anthem Hills Park in Henderson.

“The Sloan Canyon NCA receives tremendous support by many community members,” said Juan Palma, the new BLM Las Vegas Field Office Manager. “The completion of the draft RMP and EIS represent nearly two years of work and great cooperation between Federal, State, local, and tribal governments.”

The Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 directed the BLM to complete a management plan for the 48,438-acre NCA within three years of the Act. Throughout the planning process, the BLM worked with several cooperating agencies including: the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning, City of Henderson, City of Boulder City, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. The partners have worked together, and with the public, to develop management alternatives for the NCA based on environmental studies and public input.

“Sloan Canyon is a site that needs to be preserved for future generations to experience and enjoy,” said Henderson Mayor James Gibson. “This has been a tremendous undertaking. It is especially exciting, because citizens have worked hand-in-hand with government to create this plan to ensure that our children and grandchildren get to experience all the wonder and beauty of Sloan Canyon.”

Sloan Canyon NCA is an area rich in historic cultural resources. The NCA’s petroglyph site is touted as a major contribution in helping the community understand the previous use of the area by the Native Americans who lived on the land hundreds of years ago. Consequently, a Native American theme will be the focus of interpretive information and outreach associated with the NCA. Additionally, BLM plans to have continued involvement by tribes in the future.

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The BLM is accepting comments on the draft until June 23. Future meetings or hearings and any other public involvement activities will be announced through public notices, media news releases, and/or mailings. The Draft RMP/EIS is available for review on the BLM’s website www.nv.blm.gov and upon request. Also, the Draft Plan is available for review at public information repositories (BLM Nevada State Office in Reno, Paseo Verde Library in Henderson, Boulder City Library, North Las Vegas library—Main Branch, and Sumerlin Library in Las Vegas) and at the BLM Las Vegas Field Office located at 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive.

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