BLM signs decision on Mt. Irish archaeological site improvements


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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, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.