NEVADA – Navy Continues Development of the Fallon Modernization EIS
Notices Published for Navy’s Amended Withdrawal Application and the BLM’s EA for Proposed Land Management Evaluation Withdrawal – 90-Day Comment Opportunity Announced
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,
On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published two notices in the Federal Register regarding the Navy’s proposed modernization of the Fallon Range Training Complex. The purposes of the notices are to: 1) notify the public of the Navy’s submission of an amended land withdrawal application to the BLM, and 2) notify the public that the BLM has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the proposed withdrawal of federal land in Churchill, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, and Pershing counties, Nevada, for land management evaluation purposes.
A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Fallon Convention Center to help the public understand the Navy’s amended withdrawal application and provide information on the proposed land management evaluation withdrawal.
While the decision whether to expand the footprint of the Fallon Ranges would be made by Congress, public comments will help the BLM and the Navy evaluate how the withdrawal would affect other uses of public land – such as grazing, recreation, and mining – and assist these agencies in informing Congress of the implications. The public has 90 days to provide comments to the BLM on the amended application and the BLM’s withdrawal Environmental Assessment. The comment period ends on August 2, 2018.
Federal Register Notice 2018-09665 notifies the public that the Navy submitted an amended withdrawal application to the BLM. With the publication of the notice, the BLM has segregated 92,482.45 acres of federal land for two years from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including mining, mineral leasing, and geothermal leasing laws.
Federal Register Notice 2018-09670 announces an opportunity for the public to comment on the BLM-proposed withdrawal of 769,724 acres of federal land from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including mining, mineral leasing, and geothermal leasing laws, subject to valid existing rights, for up to four years for land management evaluation purposes and to maintain the current environmental baseline. Documents, including the Environmental Assessment, associated with the BLM withdrawal are available on the Land Management Evaluation project site.
BRC is concerned about the project’s potential impact to both permitted OHV events such as the current Vegas to Reno Off-Road Race and casual motorized recreation. We encourage Nevada OHV groups to attend the June 19, 2018, public meeting in Fallon to review potential impacts to either casual OHV use or permitted motorized events.
For more information about the proposed modernization of the Fallon Ranges and the Navy’s amended land withdrawal application, please visit the project website.
Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.
Public Lands Department Manager
208-237-1008 ext. 2