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Release Date: 05/16/14

BLM Media Statement on Drought and Grazing

Over the past year BLM Nevada managers have been working with stakeholders who use and enjoy the public lands in Nevada to find ways to cope with drought throughout the state. We will continue to work collaboratively to find solutions that allow for resource recovery and meet the needs of the many hunters, ranchers, hikers, mining industry, wildlife enthusiasts and others who rely on these lands.

We have made no final decisions on the allocations in Argenta Allotment on the Battle Mountain District. We will continue to work with grazing permittees to find common ground in grazing decisions for the upcoming season.

Drought conditions continue to persist across much of the western United States, and much of Nevada is experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions. These conditions have stressed all resources on the public lands making grazing throughout most of Nevada unsustainable at permitted levels. We will continue to work with livestock permittees to develop temporary adjustments in livestock use in order to ensure the long-term health and productivity of the public lands.

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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Last updated: 04-17-2015