Information Related to Proposed Land Use Plans and Withdrawals

--Mineral Withdrawal in Sagebrush Focal Areas

As published in the August 13, 2021 Federal Register, the Secretary of the Interior is re-initiating consideration of the 2015 proposal, as amended in 2016, "to withdraw approximately 10 million acres of public and National Forest Service lands from location and mineral entry under the US mining laws to protect the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat, subject to valid existing rights. The notice does not segregate any of the lands in the described in the proposal, which, subject to any overlapping withdrawals, remain open to location and entry under the mining laws.  "The BLM will shortly issue a new draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) initiating a public comment period."

The August 13, 2021 Federal Register notice and map of lands proposed for withdrawal can be seen here - Notice to Re-initiate Proposed Withdrawal: Sagebrush Focal Areas.

Additional information can be found on the BLM National NEPA Register at https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/70697/510

 

 -- 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 released the FRTC Modernization Final EIS on January 10, 2020 and is available at the project website: https://www.frtcmodernization.com/  

 

The Navy released the Record of Decision (ROD) on March 12, 2020.   

The Navy has provided an update to ROD commitments.

State of Nevada cooperating agencies have prepared a map showing resources within the FRTC Alternative 3 proposed range expansion: 

 

 --Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act

Washoe County, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks are working together to bring forward a joint proposal for a new federal lands bill, the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act.

In 2016, Washoe County, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks approved letters of resolution to support the creation of a lands bill to help the region with growth and establish permanent conservation lands. During that time, several meetings were held to gather public input and more recently, the three entities have been working regionally to create an updated proposal based on much of the feedback and concerns voiced by residents and stakeholders.

A new website to unveil this effort has been recently launched, LandsBill.org, with updated information, each agencies’ letter of resolution, stated goals of the bill, informational links and draft proposal maps for review.

Washoe County, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks are working together to seek feedback on the effort via the new website, providing another opportunity for the community to share input during this process. Click here to sign up for email updates.

For questions, to review information and to provide feedback, the community is welcome to visit LandsBill.org or email: landsbill@washoecounty.us.  

 

 -- Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act

In June 2018, the Clark County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the Draft Resolution that urges Congress to advance federal legislation that would expand conservation of public lands and economic development opportunities in Clark County.

In partnership with several local governments and organizations, Clark County drafted federal legislation that embodies the resolution passed by the Board and   moves Clark County forward through pragmatic, science and research based planning that fosters economic growth while preserving the conservation, habitat and species that makes Southern Nevada a sustainable and beautiful  place to live, to work and to explore.

Draft language of the bill and maps can be found on the Lands Bill website:
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/government/departments/environment_and_sustainability/clark_county_lands_bill/index.php