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Release Date: 02/28/14
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2014-015

BLM Schedules Public Land Sale near Rachel, Nevada

Ely, Nev. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Caliente Field Office is scheduled at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014, to offer for sale to the public through a modified competitive sale one 40-acre parcel of agency-administered public land located about 20 miles southeast of Rachel in Lincoln County, Nev.  The oral auction will be conducted at the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, in Caliente. Bidding will begin at the appraised fair market value of $19,000.

The parcel contains a 2.5-acre occupancy and residential lease issued in 1988 to Steve Medlin.  Over the past 25 years, considerable disturbance has occurred beyond the 2.5 acre lease onto an adjacent 37.5-acre area, consisting of property items that belong to Medlin.  In consideration of the historical uses of the parcel, to protect on-going uses, and to avoid dislocation of existing users, the BLM has identified Steve Medlin as the designated bidder for the sale of this parcel. The designated bidder has the option to meet the high bid.  The person declared to have entered the highest qualifying oral bid shall submit payment by cash, personal check, bank draft, money order, or any combination for not less than one-fifth (20%) of the amount of the bid immediately following the close of the sale.

A parcel map delineating the proposed sale parcels is available for public review at, at the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, in Caliente, Nev.; and BLM Ely District Office, 702 N. Industrial Way, in Ely. 

The proposed sale is being conducted in accordance with the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004, complies with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, and is in conformance with the Ely Resource Management Plan.

Five percent of the proceeds from the proposed land sale would go to the Nevada State General Education Fund, 10 percent to Lincoln County, and the remainder deposited in a special account to be used for wilderness planning and natural resource protection, and recreation and other opportunities in Lincoln County.

For more information, contact Cynthia Longinetti, BLM Ely District realty specialist, at (775) 289-1800 or

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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