ALERT – BLM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN COMMENTS REQUESTED
Deadline March 27, 2015
The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, is currently working on the Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will govern management of millions acres of public lands for the next couple of decades. Washoe Valley is a part of the Resource Management Plan. BLM managed lands in Washoe Valley are mainly located in east Washoe Valley but include Winter’s Ranch in west Washoe Valley. During this process, the BLM is seeking public comments. The comment period will end on March 27, 2015. This is an opportunity to let the BLM staff know the importance of public lands to you and your appreciation of the job they do in managing our resources. Commercial interests; wind farms, mining exploration, geothermal development, etc. will be commenting on particular public lands in which they have an interest, i.e., Washoe Valley. The BLM deserves recognition for proposing to protect lands within this district, but if you have any interests in Washoe Valley’s public lands or in any particular management approaches, you need to make sure your interests are heard.
The Washoe Valley Alliance is very appreciative of BLM’s past commitment to Washoe Valley public lands. In the last 15 – 20 years, the BLM, working with the public and various organizations and agencies, has actively acquired thousands of acres for scenic, habitat, and recreational use in Washoe Valley. These acquisitions include the Laborde Exchange which added 11,600 acres (2000), and the Winter’s Ranch which added 2,000 acres with water rights (2014), to Washoe Valley’s public lands.
The Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan and supporting information are available on the project web site at http://on.doi.gov/1uYBNGT. Comments are welcomed, reviewed, and considered throughout the planning process.
To submit comments, you may mail to:
Carson City RMP – Bureau of Land Management
Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road, Carson City, NV 89701
Fax: (775) 885-6147 (Attn: Carson City RMP)
E-mail comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail (individuals may request confidentiality).
The RMP / EIS is a large document and Washoe Valley is a small part of the management area. It may be easier to download the maps, CCD Draft RMP/EIS Volume 4 – Appendix A, and direct your comments to those maps that have or need changes for Washoe Valley. Not all maps apply to the WV area. Some (but not all) of the maps which may be of particular interest to Washoe Valley residents are; Priority Water Sheds, Important Bird Areas, Visual Resources, Fluid Minerals, No Surface Occupancy, Controlled Surface Use, Non Energy Mineral Leasing, and Land Tenure.
Alternative A maps represent the Current Status, Alternative B – Resource Use & Economic Development, Alternative C – Preserve & Protect Resources, Alternative D – Urban Interface Areas, and Alternative E – is the Agency Preferred Alternative.