BLM generates $131,245 from oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Land Management generated $131,245 during its quarterly oil and gas competitive online lease sale March 14. Twenty parcels totaling 35,502.86 acres in Elko and Eureka Counties received bids. A lease is the first step before eventually applying to develop and produce oil and gas from the public mineral estate. Additional planning, environmental… [More…]

Mt. Hope Mine Hits Another Snag

Opponents of the Mount Hope Molybdenum Mine near Eureka scored a win when a federal appeals court vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s approval of the mining project. The ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is a blow to efforts to begin mining in the area 25 miles northwest of… [More…]

Centuries-old technique used to restore fire damaged lands

ELY — Bureau of Land Management Ely District firefighters are using a centuries-old technique to sow bitterbrush seed along the east bench of Nevada’s Schell Creek Range to increase shrub cover on public lands burned by wildfire. Firefighter James Millar explained, “Just poke a hole in the soil with the planter bar, drop in a few seeds and cover, take five steps… [More…]

Eureka County responds to sage grouse plan

In September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) approved and adopted new regulatory schemes under their Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA). Based on the widespread and critical harms the LUPA created in Eureka County and throughout Nevada, we joined eight other affected Nevada counties, mining entities, and ranchers… [More…]

Public lands debate continues

  There are many in the western United States dedicated to taking back much of the public land the BLM has long had control of. The American Lands Council is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, counties, businesses, organizations and community leaders; it is leading the charge to secure better access, better health, and… [More…]

BLM issues Right of Way grant for Fiber Optic Cable Project

The Bureau of Land Management, Mount Lewis Field Office has issued a Right of Way grant for the proposed Barrick Cortez Inc. Fiber Optic Cable Project, located adjacent to the JD Ranch Road approximately 34 miles south of Beowawe, in Eureka County, Nevada. The Project was analyzed in an Environmental Assessment (EA) dated June 2015.… [More…]

BLM seeking public comment on assessment for Barrick Cortez project

The Bureau of Land Management Mount Lewis Field Office is seeking public comments on the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Barrick Cortez Inc. Amendment 3 to the Plan of Operations and Reclamation Permit (Project), located approximately 24 miles south of Beowawe in Lander and Eureka Counties, Nevada. Barrick Cortez Inc. has submitted Amendment 3 to… [More…]

You too can spot wildfires from the comfort of home

The Bureau of Land Management has new eyes to spot wildfires quickly so they can be attacked before they grow into huge acreage gobbling infernos. Those eyes could be yours. The BLM has handed the University of Nevada, Reno’s Seismological Laboratory a $250,000 grant to pay for remote cameras atop four central Nevada peaks for… [More…]

Imperious BLM agents still behaving like they are better than us

Who says the United States does not have a royal class? The bureaucrats at the Bureau of Land Management just don’t think like the rest of us. They are downright imperious — in more ways than one. A year ago they sent an invading army of heavily armed agents — with snipers on hilltops and… [More…]

Finally, some common sense compromise from the BLM on grazing

Sometimes you just have to call their bluff. The Bureau of Land Management had for two years denied permission for Badger Ranch owners Dan and Eddyann Filippini to graze cattle on their North Buffalo and Copper Canyon allotments — which is intermingled with the ranch’s privately owned but unfenced land — even though spring rains… [More…]