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Release Date: 05/17/12
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2012-17

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative Priorities

Ely – The Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative (LCAI) receives funding from the Lincoln County Lands Act of 2000 and Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, which authorize the use of revenues from the sale of public lands identified for disposal by the Acts and Ely Resource Management Plan.  The Acts created a special account in which 85 percent of the revenues from the land sales are deposited.  Funds in the special account may be used for a number of activities, including the inventory, evaluation, protection and management of unique archaeological resources in Lincoln County.  The remaining funds are distributed to the State of Nevada (5 percent) and Lincoln County (10 percent).

Each year the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) develops priorities for the current round of proposals.  The BLM Ely District is asking the public to review and comment on the LCAI Round 6 draft priorities. Comments will be accepted through Thursday, May 31.  The draft priorities are:

• Mining District Inventory, Evaluation, Protection and Management
• Archaeological Verification at Sites Described in Historic Literature
• Manage Public Use, Interpret, and Provide Education at a Well Known, Publically Accessible, Archaeological Location
• Areas Designated as Sensitive for Archaeological Resources
• Settlement Patterns in Lincoln County, Nevada
• Record Undocumented Resources and Update Documentation of Existing Resources
• Educational Outreach and Project Archaeology Programs for Lincoln County, Nevada 
• Toolstone Source Identification, Evaluation, Protection and Management
• Historic Context for Lincoln County

The public is also asked to identify priorities not addressed above.  Please include sufficient information to identify the type of archaeological resource and/or the type of preservation activity(s) necessary.

Interested individuals should address all written comments to the BLM Ely District Office, HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, Attn: Carol Bass or fax or email them to Bass at (775) 289-1910 or  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.

Additional information is available online at  Click on the Ely District map and then click on What We Do, Special Legislation and Previous Priorities Considered.

To learn more, contact Carol Bass, BLM Ely District special legislation program manager, at (775) 289-1800 or

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.

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Last updated: 04-14-2015