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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 10/18/12
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

BLM Hosts Workshops on Rock Climbing Fixed Anchors in Red Rock Wilderness Areas

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will host three public scoping workshops to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis, including alternatives for use of rock climbing fixed anchors in wilderness areas within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The meetings will be held:

• Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive
• Monday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center
• Monday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center

These workshops will include a 30-minute open house, a 20-minute presentation, and an hour workshop with stations and comment recorders to discuss potential management decision alternatives.

The environmental assessment would amend the 2005 Red Rock Canyon Resource Management Plan and would only affect management of the BLM portions of the La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain wilderness areas consisting of 48,340 acres. The management for the U.S. Forest Service portions of these wilderness areas will be determined within the ongoing joint BLM/US Forest Service La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Plan.

Key planning criteria already identified include considering whether fixed anchors for climbing should be allowed in wilderness areas; developing broad-based participation and collaboration with all interested publics; and focusing on resource values rather than the combination of uses that would give the greatest economic return.

The workshops are part of the public comments period that opened October 5 and closes November 18.

Written comments may be submitted by mail or delivered to BLM, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130, Attn: Nick Walendziak, by e-mail to: or by fax to: 702-363-6779 (Attn: Nick Walendziak).

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.

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.

Southern Nevada District Office   4701 N. Torrey Pines Dr.      Las Vegas, NV 89130  

Last updated: 04-14-2015