The Department of the Interior published notice of the agencies’ application for withdrawal on September 24, 2015, beginning what is known as a segregation of the lands that lasts for two years. This segregation, which lasts up to two years until the Secretary decides whether to make the withdrawal, prohibits the location and entry of new mining claims in the designated areas. The proposed withdrawal would affect most metallic mineral deposits, industrial minerals and uncommon varieties of stone. The withdrawal would not affect mineral leasing, such as for oil or gas, or mineral material sales. “Mining Claims and Sites on Federal Land” offers more information on this topic.
Neither the segregation nor the proposed withdrawal, if approved, prohibits any other authorized uses on these lands, such as grazing, recreation, OHV use, or development of leasable solid minerals, mineral materials, oil and gas, or geothermal resources.
- Map of the September 24, 2015 proposed mineral withdrawal.
- For maps of the Amended Proposed Withdrawal, select your area of interest from the linked map. The extent of the amended proposed withdrawal is detailed by legal description (Exhibit B). The maps are provided for reference only.
- To view the amended proposed withdrawal legal description, click below:
- Exhibit A: NV Alternative Additions
- Exhibit B: Amended Proposed Withdrawal
- For Geographic Information System (GIS) data for the Amended Proposed Withdrawal and Draft EIS, click here.