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Winnemucca District Office
Release Date: 09/27/13
Contacts: Mark Turney , 775-623-1541 ,
News Release No. WDO 2013-014

BLM Proposes Sale of Public Land in Schoolhouse Butte Area

Winnemucca, Nev. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District is seeking public comments on a proposed sale of 440 acres in the Schoolhouse Butte area in Desert Valley, west of Winnemucca, Nev. The sale of 11 parcels as one unit is proposed to be by modified competitive sealed bid. Comments on the proposed sale will be accepted during a 45-day comment period until Nov. 12, 2013.

A modified competitive sale identifies a bidder that is authorized to meet the high bid. The identified bidder, DeLong Ranches, is the historical user of the land and has a BLM grazing permit.  

The BLM will also accept sealed bids for the proposed sale until Monday, Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m., at the Winnemucca District Office. If the BLM determines to conduct the sale, the sealed bids would be opened on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. at the Winnemucca District Office.
The bidding would start at the appraised fair market value of $44,000.

Written comments and sealed bids may be mailed or delivered to: BLM Black Rock Field Office Manager, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV 89945.

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.

A Notice of Realty Action for the proposed sale was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 25; however the notice contains incorrect information about the date the sealed bids would be opened if the BLM decision is to conduct the sale. A correction will be published.

For additional information regarding the proposed sale of these parcels, contact Julie McKinnon, BLM Realty Technician, at 775-623-1734, or 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.

Last updated: 04-20-2015