Draft Environmental Statement for the proposed Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal

Explanation:  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Draft Environmental Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal on December 30, 2016.  The Draft EIS analyzes and discloses the potential effects of the Proposed Action, No Action, and three other action alternatives.  No preferred action is identified.  Public meetings are scheduled in Nevada for February 21st  at the Nugget Casino in Sparks from 5 – 7 p.m. and February 23rd at the Elko Convention Center in Elko from 5 – 7 p.m.  The BLM is accepting substantive comments through March 29, 2017.  Comments may be submitted at the public meetings, by email (sagebrush_withdrawal@blm.gov ), online (https://www.blm.gov/node/3282 ), or by mail (Mark Mackiewicz, Bureau of Land Management WO, c/o Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah 84501).

 USGS Mineral Resource Assessment of Sagebrush Focal Areas in the Western US

Explanation: At the request of the BLM, the USGS assessed the mineral-resource potential of nearly 10 million acres of Federal and adjacent lands in the Western US. The results of the Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment (SaMiRA) will be used by the BLM as part of the NEPA process and aid in the EIS preparation for the proposed withdrawal from mineral entry, a component of the Department of Interior plan to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.

The SaMiRA study evaluates the potential for locatable minerals such as gold, copper, and lithium and describes the nature and occurrence of leaseable and salable minerals for seven Sagebrush Focal Areas and additional lands in Nevada (“Nevada additions”) delineated by BLM. Supporting data are available in a series of USGS data releases describing mineral occurrences (the USGS Mineral Deposit Database or “USMIN”), oil and gas production and well status, previous mineral-resource assessments that covered parts of the areas studied, and a compilation of mineral-use cases based on data provided by BLM, as well as results of the locatable mineral-resource assessment in a geographic information system.

The complete SaMiRA report and data releases can be accessed at the following link: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20165089  

 Information Related to Sage Grouse Management Plan and Proposed Mineral Withdrawal

Minerals, Mining, and Geothermal Potential Maps within Proposed Mineral Withdrawal Area – 11/19/2015  

Explanation:  These maps were generated by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the request of the Nevada Division of Minerals.  The purpose of generating these maps is to highlight those townships or portions of townships, located within the area proposed for locatable mineral withdrawal, which have a high potential for mineral and/or geothermal resources. The area proposed for mineral withdrawal is a slightly smaller subset of the larger Sagebrush Focal Area.  The shapefile for the mineral withdrawal area was extracted on November 9, 2015 from the online webviewer site at: http://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=45b2d7896c36467aac3990b739d75a26 .

Mining Claims Impacted by Sage Grouse Management Plan and Proposed Mineral Withdrawal


Mineral, Geothermal and Oil & Gas Potential Maps of Sagebrush Focal Areas - 6/24/2015 

Explanation:  These maps were generated by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the request of the Nevada Division of Minerals.  The purpose of generating the maps is to show those areas along the northern border of Nevada which are shown as “Sagebrush Focal Areas” in figure ES-2 of the Executive Summary of the Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage Grouse Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued by the Bureau of Land Management in June, 2015.  The Sagebrush Focal Areas are described in the FEIS with several alternatives that could impact mineral, geothermal and oil and gas exploration and development.  The user should refer to the FEIS for descriptions of  these various alternatives: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage&currentPageId=31103

Five maps were developed of the Sagebrush Focal Areas from existing NBMG datafiles:

Note:  Boundaries of the sagebrush focal areas may have changed,  there is no guarantee of accuracy.