Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative Round 14 Proposal Period Open


Bureau of Land Management

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ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will accept proposals for Round 14 of the Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative (LCAI) through Thursday, January 11, 2024.

Proposals under the initiative focus on the inventory, evaluation, protection, and management of unique archaeological resources in Lincoln County, Nevada. Project proposals must be on lands within Lincoln County, Nevada and meet all guidelines in the Lincoln County Implementation Agreement which can be found at

The BLM is soliciting proposals through, Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement # L24AS00149, or through solicitation #140L3924Q0001

Funding for the LCAI comes from revenues generated through the sale of BLM-administered public lands identified for disposal in the Lincoln County Land Act and existing land-use plans. The Act created a special account in which 85-percent of the revenues from land sales are deposited. Funds in the special account may be used for several activities, including the study of archaeological resources in Lincoln County. The remaining funds are distributed to the State of Nevada (5-percent) and Lincoln County (10-percent).

To date, the BLM has approved over $12,000,000 for archaeological projects in Lincoln County. Expenditures approved include Paiute and Shoshone ethnographic archaeological site research; archaeological site inventories; rock art research: ethnobotanical research; toolstone research; settlement pattern studies; educational brochures; archaeological educational curriculum and upgrade of archaeological collections from public lands in Lincoln County.

“From outreach to rock art conservation to cutting edge scientific studies of ancient lakebeds, projects funded under this initiative are incredibly valuable for the public and for the BLM in management of fragile cultural resources in Lincoln County,” said Melanie Peterson, BLM Ely District special legislation program manager.

For more information, contact Program Manager Melanie Peterson at (775) 289-1896 or

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.