Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment on Legacy Trail Phase 1 draft environmental assessment


Bureau of Land Management

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LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada District announces the availability of a draft environmental assessment to address potential environmental consequences associated with a proposal by the Federal Highway Administration to construct a multi-use trail in sections of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The proposed trail would start from the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Sky Vista Drive in Summerlin and end at the Red Rock Canyon fee station approximately 5.5 miles to the southwest in Clark County, Nevada.

The Federal Highway Administration is proposing to build a paved recreational trail through undeveloped land across the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The trail will provide pedestrians new and safe opportunities to enjoy the countryside away from the noise and safety hazards of a heavily traveled section of Nevada State Route 159. The trail will be designed for multiple uses including walking/jogging, bicycling and rollerblading. It will conform to Americans with Disabilities Act design standards for accessibility.

The draft environmental assessment is available for public review, and comments will be accepted until May 9, 2022. A virtual public meeting will be held April 14, 2022, starting at 6 p.m. People can register for the virtual public meeting at https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_797GK6f8S6Kpl1tjuJy4nw.

Currently there are no approved trails between Summerlin and the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive, which encourages pedestrians to travel along the shoulders of State Route 159.  Heavy vehicular traffic creates health and safety concerns for these people. This design of a new trail for multiple forms of recreational use away from the highway provides the public a healthier and safer recreational environment.

The public comment period on the draft environmental assessment is April 7, 2022, through May 9, 2022. The public is encouraged to review the environmental assessment, located at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2015920/510, and provide substantive comments or concerns prior to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time on May 9, 2022. All comments received will be fully considered and evaluated for preparation of the final environmental assessment.

Comments and concerns may be submitted by emailing to BLM_NV_RR_LegacyTrail@blm.gov or sent in writing to the BLM Red Rock/Sloan Field Office, ATTN: Legacy Trail Draft EA, 4701 N. Torrey Pines, Las Vegas, NV 89130. Hardcopies of the environmental assessment are available upon request from the BLM Southern Nevada District Office.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be publicly available at any time. While you can ask that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Anonymity is not allowed for submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses.

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.