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Winnemucca District Office
Release Date: 11/09/12
Contacts: Mark Turney , 775-623-1541 ,
News Release No. WDO 2013-02

BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposed Supplemental Rules for the Water Canyon Recreation Area

Winnemucca, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Humboldt River Field announced in the Federal Register on Nov. 9 proposed supplementary rules to protect public safety and resources on about 131 acres of public lands within the Water Canyon Recreation Area, southeast of Winnemucca, Nev. The proposed rules include: posted 20 mph speed limit on the main road; restricting all vehicle use to the main canyon access road; three-day camping limit within a 30-day period; and a prohibition on the discharge of firearms. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments during a 60-day comment period which closes on Jan. 8, 2013.

The proposed supplemental rules are needed to protect public resources and provide for public safety in Zone 1 of the Water Canyon Recreation Area, and enable BLM law enforcement personnel to support state and local law enforcement agencies with the enforcement of existing laws. The restrictions are limited to Zone 1, which receives the most visitor use in the canyon, and apply year-round. Zone 1 is along the main canyon road and is approximately 600 feet wide and 1.8 miles long.

Please mail comments to Gene Seidlitz, Winnemucca District Manager, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; or by email to, Attn: “Water Canyon” in the subject line.

These supplementary rules are developed through decisions of the Water Canyon Recreation Area Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) approved in August 1997, and the Water Canyon Implementation Plan Amendment EA signed in August 2005.

Before including address, phone number, email-address, or any other personal identifying information in your comments, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request that the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. If you wish us to withhold your personal information you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. We will make all submissions from organizations or businesses, available for public disclosure in their entirety.

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