Humboldt River Field Office is developing a new Pine Forest Range Wilderness Management Plan

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — The public is invited to provide input for the new Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area management plan. The 90-day pre-scoping comment period closes December 20.

On December 19, 2014, the Pine Forest Range Wilderness was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291). The Pine Forest Range Wilderness is located approximately 70 miles northwest of Winnemucca, Nevada and 25 miles southwest of Denio, Nevada in Humboldt County. Public Law 113-291 can be accessed here.

A “wilderness” is an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. Areas designated as wilderness are usually undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed to preserve its natural conditions. Wilderness designation can only be accomplished through legislation.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is directed to develop a wilderness management plan for all wilderness areas on public lands per BLM Manuals 6340 and 8561. Comments should include information to aid BLM in understanding existing conditions or to identify where and what management actions may be needed in the wilderness. The comments will be used to help determine preliminary issues and concerns during the development of the proposed Pine Forest Range wilderness management plan.

Comments can be submitted via email at , or mailed to:


C/O Humboldt River Field Office

5100 East Winnemucca Blvd.

Winnemucca, NV 89445

Mailed comments must be postmarked by, Monday, December 20, 2021.


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 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. 

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Heather O'Hanlon