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Release Date: 06/13/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2012-046

BLM releases Revised Environmental Assessment on Spruce Mountain Restoration Project

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office is releasing the revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Spruce Mountain Restoration Project for review until July 2, 2012.

On January 23rd, 2012 the BLM released the Spruce Mountain Restoration EA for a 30-day public review. Several public comments were received regarding the EA and the BLM revised the EA based on those comments. Revisions to the EA include:

  • Expansion of the Upper Spruce Spring polygon by 50 acres
  • The Upper Spruce Spring polygon added prescribed fire to the analysis of the EA
  • Within Chapter 4, Environmental Effects, of the EA, rationale for determination of Cumulative Effects Study Areas (CESAs) was added to all affected resources 

The project, located on public land south of Wells, Nev., is needed to reduce expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands, invasive weeds and hazardous fuels; restore previous wildfire damage, healthy forests, rangelands and wildlife habitat and protect historic pinyon-juniper woodlands and cultural resources. Various treatment types are analyzed in the EA including prescribed fire, hand thinning, mastication, herbicide application and seeding.

Public scoping for this project was initiated in January 2011. The BLM incorporated comments received during the public scoping process and developed a proposed action and alternatives for the restoration project.

The EA is available for public online at, under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act review. Printed copies are available upon request from the Elko District Office. Comments can be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Matt Murphy, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801; faxed to (775) 753-0315; or emailed to Following this review period, BLM will issue a proposed and final decision.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, 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.

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

Last updated: 04-14-2015