BLM seeks comments on proposed extension of withdrawal of public land for possible future transfer to the Department of the Navy

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on the proposal to extend the withdrawal of 694,838.84 acres of federal land in Churchill, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Pershing Counties, Nevada, for an additional four years. The purpose of the proposed withdrawal extension is to maintain current environmental baseline conditions, which would allow the BLM and the Department of the Navy to evaluate management of the land and consider a future legislative transfer of the land to the Navy’s jurisdiction.

The proposal would continue the current withdrawal of lands from all forms of appropriation, subject to valid existing rights, under the public land laws, including the mining laws, the mineral leasing laws, and the geothermal leasing laws, for four years for land management evaluation purposes and to maintain the current environmental baseline.

If approved, this proposal would extend for four years the withdrawal of an additional 68,809.44 acres of public land in the Dixie Valley Training Area from the mineral leasing laws for land management evaluation purposes, subject to valid existing rights (see Federal Register Notice 2016-21213 [81 FR 60736]).

Comments on the proposed withdrawal extension should be received on or before January 10, 2022. In addition, a virtual public meeting will be held December 9, 2021, 4:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).  The Zoom link for the Bureau of Land Management - Carson City Land Management Evaluation Withdrawal Extension - Virtual Public Meeting is as follows: 

 Register in advance for this webinar: 

https://empsi.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D_Kw02L0TuSrS6we67_LdQ 

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar to help the public understand the proposed withdrawal and the associated decision-making process.

The BLM will accept comments on the proposed withdrawal extension through the following methods:

  • E-mail: Email: blm_nv_ccdowebmail@blm.gov  with the subject line “LME Withdrawal Extension
  • Fax: 775-885-6147
  • Mail: BLM Carson City District, Attn: LME Extension, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701

The Federal Register Notice is available on the Federal Register web page at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/10/12/2021-22137/notice-of-proposed-extension-of-public-land-order-no-7873-and-public-meeting-nevada

 For further information, contact Colleen Dingman, Project Manager, at (775) 885-6168 or email at cjdingman@blm.gov.

 

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Bureau of Land Management

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Carson City District Office

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