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Elko District Office
Release Date: 02/01/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. 2012-014

BLM releases Environmental Assessment on Rural Telephone Fiber Optic Line

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Tuscarora Field Office’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Right-of-Way (ROW) for an underground fiber optic line in Northwestern Elko County is now available for public review until March 1.

The line will be constructed, operated and maintained by Rural Telephone Company and will be constructed within existing ROWs for three state highways. The proposed line will provide enhanced telecommunication and data services to rural residents and will consist of two segments covering approximately 37 miles. The first segment would begin near Tuscarora and end near Lone Mountain Station and the second segment would run from Dinner Station to the Adobe Ranchos area. If authorized, new line construction would result in a temporary disturbance of approximately 89.5 acres of land within the 20-foot wide linear ROW.

The EA is available at under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act review. Comments can be mailed to the Tuscarora Field Manager, Elko BLM, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801 or by email to

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.

If you have questions or requests for additional information, please contact Steve Craddock, BLM Realty Specialist in the Tuscarora Field Office, at (775) 753-0200.

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.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015