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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 12/18/13
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , 702-515-5057 ,

Final La Madre Mountain and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Management Plan Available

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office and U.S. Forest Service Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest announce the availability of a management plan for two wilderness areas west of Las Vegas.

The La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area – a 47,225-acre area – and Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area - a 24,899-acre area - are contained within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.

Copies of the plan are available online at or by contacting the BLM Las Vegas Field Office at (702) 515-5297.

Some of the specific actions included in the plan are:

  • Coordinate management across BLM and FS administrative boundaries.
  • Improve recognition of the wilderness boundaries.
  • Eliminate vehicle intrusions in wilderness.
  • Designate Rattlesnake, Limestone, and Bridge Mountain Trails for hiking use (BLM portion).
  • Designate Brownstone Basin Trail extension for hiking and equestrian use (on BLM portion).
  • Establishment of staging areas and installation of information kiosks.
  • Coordinate with other agencies to achieve healthy land goals, including wildlife, habitat and desired vegetation goals.
  • Allow for protection and study of unique archaeological, geological, and paleontological resources.
  • Management of fire.
  • Monitor for and remove invasive exotic or noxious plant species.
  • Management of recreational uses including camping, hunting, technical rock climbing, and horseback riding.
The public has until January 14 to appeal the decision to approve the Final Wilderness Management Plan. Instructions for filing an appeal with the Interior Board of Land Appeals may be found in the Decision Record.

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.

Last updated: 04-20-2015