BLM signs decision on Mt. Irish archaeological site improvements

ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Basin and Range National Monument Manager has issued a decision for the Mount Irish Cultural Resource Protection and Visitor Improvements Project. The BLM will construct four primitive campsites with picnic tables and fire rings and install a vault toilet in the vicinity of Paiute Rocks and Shaman Knob.

“These improvements will help to protect natural and significant cultural resources. They will enhance the recreational experience and provide for public safety,” Manager Alicia Styles said.

Styles said visitation to Mount Irish has increased from 100 people in 2006 to nearly 900 people in 2018, resulting in resource impacts and health and safety issues. 

The Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact, and final environmental assessment are available online at For more information, contact Alicia Styles at (775) 726-8100.

The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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Chris Hanefeld