BLM Proposal–Close McDermitt Areas to Collecting to Protect Sage Grouse

I am contacting you to let you know about a proposal from the BLM that is going to close millions of acres to protect the sage grouse. This affects Nevada. I’ve given you three links; Proposal Alert, Interactive Map and Written Concerns. The Proposal Alert link shows the alert notice. The map shows areas to be closed. For example, I looked closely and found that the McDermitt areas will be closed to both digging and off-highway driving. And lastly, the Written Concerns link shows how to voice your written concerns.

The public has through March 30th to submit written concerns.

Proposal Alert:

BLM Idaho management plan to prohibit hobby rock collecting

Interactive Map:

Written Concerns

Good luck,

Mike Unruh



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The Bureau of Land Management has held eight public open houses throughout the West during February to gather input on the agency’s proposal to withdraw a subset of lands that are sage-grouse strongholds from future mining claims.  
The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzes five alternatives, ranging from no action to the withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of federal locatable minerals in certain areas that are particularly crucial to the Greater Sage-Grouse in six states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

Neither the segregation, nor any subsequent withdrawal, would prohibit ongoing or future mining exploration or extraction operations on valid pre-existing claims. 
To develop the proposal and its alternatives, the BLM held public meetings in November 2015 in the six states to gather The BLM also incorporated a mineral resource assessment prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey to help develop a reasonably foreseeable development scenario for the draft EIS.
The proposal was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 30, 2016, and carries a 90-day public comment period that will end March 30, 2017. 

This link takes you to a fact sheet, the draft EIS and Notice of Amended Proposed Withdrawal, and a map of the proposed withdrawals.

You can comment by simply visiting our website and filling out the form.


Alternatively, you can mail written comments to Mark Mackiewicz, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) WO, C/O Price Field Office, 125 South 600 West, Price, Utah  84501 or by submitting electronically to sagebrush_withdrawals@blm.gov.

Thank you for taking your time to submit your comments to help us protect mineral exploration in Nevada. 



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Nevada Assembly Bill on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining

Nevada Citizens involved in prospecting,
Nevada club members be aware of Nevada’s Assembly Bill 101 “Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining”.  It affects negatively with the club’s ability to prospect in Nevada for minerals.  If approved by the Assembly it could reach Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk for acceptance or veto in immediate future.  Ask Governor Brian Sandoval to veto.
Thank you,
Wade Lavery, CGP Secretary 
Please use this URL to view top level description:
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How to email Governor Brian Sandoval:

Public Lands For the People – Election: Board of Directors

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