BLM seeks public comment on proposed Mt. Irish Archaeological Site improvements

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Basin and Range National Monument seeks public review and comment on a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the impacts of proposed visitor improvements at the Mt. Irish Archaeological Site in Pahranagat Valley, about eight miles west of Hiko, Nev. The 15-day public review and comment period concludes Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The BLM is proposing to construct four primitive campsites with picnic tables and fire rings and install a vault toilet to improve the public’s recreational experience and minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources. Visitation to Mt. Irish has increased from approximately 100 people in 2006 to nearly 900 people in 2018.

The preliminary EA is available online at Submit written comments to the BLM Basin and Range National Monument, P.O. Box 237, 1400 South Front Street, Caliente, NV 89008 Attn: Jake Hickerson.  Fax comments to Hickerson at (775) 726-8111.  Submit comments electronically to  Reference “Mt. Irish Project” when providing comment.

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 additional information, contact Monument Manager Alicia Styles at (775) 726-8100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.

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Chris Hanefeld