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Winnemucca District
Release Date: 11/21/12
Contacts: Mark Turney , 775-623-1541 ,
News Release No. WMDO 2013-04

BLM to seek public input for the acquisition of 320 acres of private edge holdings within the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office is seeking public input/comments as it prepares an environmental analysis of the BLM’s proposal to acquire 320 acres of privately-owned property along the western edge of the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness. The wilderness area is wholly within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) in Washoe and Humboldt counties, in northwestern Nevada.

The BLM’s interest in acquiring these contiguous, undeveloped parcels is to ensure future public access to the wilderness area. These parcels also contain preliminary priority habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse and other wildlife that the BLM would manage for healthy habitat. Acquisitions of private lands within the NCA are in compliance with objectives in the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Resource Management Plan.

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposal by close of business, December 20, 2012. Please send written comments to Julie McKinnon, project lead, at 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV 89445 or e-mail to: with "East Fork High Rock Canyon Acquisition (McKinnon)" in the subject line. A map of the proposal is available on the BLM website at:

Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment - including personal identifying information - may be made publicly available at any time. While they can ask BLM in their comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

For more information contact : Mark Turney, Public Affairs Specialist, 775-623-1541 or by email:

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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