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Release Date: 10/22/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-002

Elko District BLM seeks public input for proposed drought Environmental Assessment

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Elko District is seeking public input on the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA) for management of livestock and wild horses within the Elko District during drought conditions. Input is needed prior to Nov. 15, 2012.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Nevada is currently experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions. The proposed EA will be prepared to allow the BLM to respond to current and future drought conditions. Some of the factors to be examined will be winter/spring precipitation; water availability for livestock, wild horses, and wildlife; residual forage from previous growing seasons; current year’s forage plant growth; plant vigor; soil moisture content; soil/site stability and hydrologic function; riparian health and function; plant community composition; and wildlife habitat condition. Other factors may also be incorporated as needed.

The proposed EA will analyze a wide range of temporary drought response alternatives that could be used to mitigate the effects of drought. Input can be submitted via email to, or mailed to BLM, Elko District, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko, NV 89815 or faxed to (775) 753-0255.

Questions or comments regarding the EA can be addressed to Casey Addy, Rangeland Management Specialist, at (775) 753-0202, or Terri Dobis, Project Manager, at (775) 753-0290.

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 89815  

Last updated: 04-14-2015