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Release Date: 02/28/14
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2014-016

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Impact Assessment

Ely, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Caliente Field Office is asking the public to review and provide comment on a draft assessment of unavoidable impacts associated with the development of the 25,069-acre Dry Lake Valley North Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in Lincoln County, Nev. that may warrant off-site mitigation. The public is also invited to submit candidate sites where such mitigation actions might occur. The deadline to provide comment is Friday, April 4, 2014.

A public meeting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, in Caliente, Nev.

The assessment and the candidate sites will help in the development of a regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Valley North SEZ and is available at the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, Caliente; BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely; and online at

The Dry Lake Valley North SEZ Regional Mitigation Strategy is expected to be completed in summer 2014 and will guide actions designed to compensate for the long-term loss of resource values in the SEZ. 

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Attn: Michael Dwyer or via email to  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.

For more information, contact Michael Dwyer, BLM project manager, at (702) 515-5186 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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