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Release Date: 08/14/12
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Desert Tortoise Translocation

Las Vegas --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada and Ely Districts announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA) to address translocation of desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) from the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to 17 wilderness areas, five wilderness study areas and other non-wilderness lands within the districts. The comment period opens today and closes September 14, 2012.

This environmental assessment evaluates the impacts associated with translocating desert tortoise to potential recipient areas within Clark, southern Nye, and southern Lincoln Counties, Nevada. Potential areas will allow for more flexibility and options in addition to the ongoing use of the Large Scale Translocation Site located near Jean, Nevada.  

Translocation includes the moving of tortoises from the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (located at the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley) back into the wild. Translocated tortoises have the potential to play an important role in recovery of the species through population augmentation, monitoring, research, and other recovery actions.
 You can view the draft EA by accessing the BLM Southern Nevada District website at where it will be listed “In the Spotlight.” Select “Desert Tortoise Translocation Draft Environmental Assessment.”
A final decision on the EA is expected by October 2012.
Written comments must be addressed by mail or delivered to Jessie Stegmeier, Las Vegas Field Office, Bureau of Land Management, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 or by e-mail to or by fax to 702-515-5023. If you have questions about this project, please call 702-515-5102. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Southern Nevada District office   4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130  

Last updated: 04-14-2015