Information Related to Proposed Land Withdrawals

 

Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC) Modernization Proposal

Explanation: The Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC) encompasses the Dixie Valley Training Area and four land bombing ranges. The Navy’s stated goal of the proposed modernization is to “improve both ground and air training by providing a more realistic training environment and acceptable distances and altitudes for the release of weapons. Current training is limited due to inadequate space.

The Navy is proposing to:

  • Renew the existing public land withdrawal of nearly 203,000 acres, which expires in 2021.
  • Withdraw and reserve for military use approximately 605,000 acres of additional public land.
  • Acquire approximately 65,000 acres of non-federal land.

The Navy is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is soliciting comments. This Public Scoping Comment Period has been extended until Monday, December 12, 2016. More information can be found on their website - https://frtcmodernization.com/

NDOM has prepared two maps to show potential impacts to geothermal and mineral resources:

The Federal Register Notice of September 2, 2016 details the purpose and scope and lists impacted lands by T/R/S. As of 9/2/2016, and for a 2-year period, there is a segregation from all forms of appropriation under the public lands laws, including the mining laws, the mineral leasing laws and the geothermal leasing laws.

 

Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) Military Land Withdrawal

Explanation: The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) land base consists of 2.9 million acres of federal land withdrawn from public use and reserved for military use. The current NTTR land withdrawal expires in 2021. The U.S. Air Force Warfare Center is proposing to extend the land withdrawal and withdraw up to an additional 301,507 acres to “improve the range’s capacity to support military testing and training.”

The Air Force is proposing to:

  • Renew the existing public land withdrawal of more than 2,900,000 acres, which expires in 2021.
  • Withdraw and reserve for military use approximately 300,000 acres of additional public land.

The Air Force is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is soliciting comments through December 10, 2016. Public scoping meetings will be held at five locations during the week of October 12th. More information can be found on their website - http://www.nttrleis.com/  

NDOM has prepared two maps to show potential impacts to geothermal and mineral resources:

 

Washoe County Federal Lands Bill

Explanation: Washoe County is proposing a comprehensive federal lands bill to improve the Washoe County economy and further conservation by designating appropriate wilderness areas and provide funding for habitat restoration and other conservation activities.
The Washoe County Public Lands Bill has three main components:
1) Federal lands disposal and transfer –
    a) Establish lands with “potential to leave federal control in the future to be used for conservation purposes, recreational activities, public infrastructure needs and when appropriate sold or exchanged for economic development purposes.” (Land Bill Disposal Boundary Map)
    b) Land transfer requests to transfer BLM or USFS lands from federal ownership to “local jurisdictions…or public entities…for a variety of public purposes.” (Land Bill Transfer Request Map)
2) Federal lands to be proposed for Wilderness designation – (Friends of Nevada Wilderness website)
3) Coordination of land sales with local governments for compliance of master plans and zoning requirements and distribution of proceeds from sales (through a competitive bidding process) to be specifically spelled out in legislation. (Link is pending)

Washoe County is hosting a public forum at the Reno Sparks Convention Center from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday November 2, 2016 to discuss the Public Lands Bill.  More information can be found on their website - https://www.washoecounty.us/csd/planning_and_development/conservation-act.php  

NDOM has prepared two maps to show potential impacts to geothermal and mineral resources: