The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on Hungry Valley Off-highway Vehicle Area Public Health and Safety Improvements Preliminary Environmental Assessment

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management, Sierra Front Field Office is seeking public comments on a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Hungry Valley Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) Area Public Health and Safety Improvements. This PEA will analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of authorizing improvements that address immediate public health and safety issues on BLM-administered land in the north Hungry Valley area, also known a Moon Rocks. Public comments, including comment and input on this Project under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act seeking information and identifying historic properties in or near the project area will be accepted through April 8, 2021.

“The BLM encourages the public to review the provided documents and submit comments for this important project which addresses public health and safety issues,” said Ken Collum, Carson City District Manager.

The Project area is located west of the State Route 445 and Winnemucca Ranch Road intersection, approximately 15 miles north of Reno, in unincorporated Washoe County, Nevada. The BLM is proposing these improvements on approximately 19,050 acres of public land. Some improvements would include public outreach including kiosks and additional signage; increase funding through grants, with establishment of a fee area as a long-term goal; a fence for resource protection to limit uncontrolled, user created expansion of camping areas and OHV routes; upgrade road and route maintenance with traffic control barriers, establish control access points; develop supplemental rules to target specific public health and safety and resource concerns; define camp areas and install a permanent restroom; provide dumpsters for waste disposal; identify speed limit and install signs and traffic counters.

During the public comment period, the BLM welcomes comments, data or information related to potential issues, impacts and alternatives that should be addressed in the EA. Written comments should be mailed to the BLM Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office, Attn: Gerrit Buma, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701, or by email to with Moon Rocks EA in the subject line. To review the PEA and other related documents go to Letters must be postmarked by April 8, 2021.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment-including your personal information- may be publicly available at any time. While you ask us in your comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. After the public review period has ended, comments will be analyzed and considered part of the decision-making process.

For more information contact Gerrit Buma at 775-885-6000 or email at





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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