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 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