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Southern Nevada District Office
Release Date: 03/26/14
Contacts: Kirsten Cannon , , 775-861-6515

Temporary Closure in Northeastern Clark County Due to Trespass Cattle Impoundment

Las Vegas – Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Northeastern portions of Clark County within the Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, Bunkerville Flats Areas will be subject to temporary closures beginning March 27, 2014.
The BLM Southern Nevada District Office and the National Park Service's (NPS) Lake Mead National Recreation Area are taking steps to resolve a long-standing cattle trespass on federal lands.  As cattle that are in trespass are removed, specific geographic areas within the overall closure boundary will be temporarily closed as necessary for the safety of the public, federal employees and contractor personnel. Areas temporarily closed to public access will be posted with signs and a temporary closure notice. Some areas may also be temporarily fenced off to members of the public. 
Details of closures within BLM-managed lands are available in a Notice of Temporary Closure on Public Land that will publish March 27, 2014.  At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, closures will be announced, as they are needed, through future news releases.  
For more than two decades, cattle have been grazed illegally on public lands in northeast Clark County, Nev.  The BLM and NPS have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is an option of last resort. The BLM and NPS are working closely with local, state and federal officials to ensure the gather of unauthorized cattle occurs in a safe and orderly manner.

The relevant Court Orders are posted at

Update information on temporary closures will be posted daily at

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 Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130  

Last updated: 04-17-2015