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Public Involvement Completed

Public Scoping.  On January 15, 2013 the BLM announced the schedule for the public scoping period and date of public workshops to the local and regional media.  On January 17, 2013 the BLM initiated a 30-day scoping period, later extended for a total of 33 days due to a federal holiday, until February 19, 2013.  The press release was published in the Reno-Gazette Journal (newspaper) on January 15, 2013, KTNV Channel 2 News (internet) on January 16, 2013, the Elko Daily Free Press (newspaper) on January 19, 2013, and the Virginia City News (newspaper) on January 25, 2013.  A Project description, maps and information on how to comment was made available on the BLMs national ePlanning "NEPA register."

On January 15, 2013 the BLM notified 113 individuals, organizations and agencies on the Project mailing list of the scoping period.  Notification was also provided to 34 Nevada State agencies through the Clearinghouse.

The BLM hosted two public scoping workshops, on January 22, 2013 at the BLM Carson City District Office in Carson City, and on January 29, 2013 at the Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City.  The BLM provided the public an overview of the Project, maps and other information on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Approximately 75 people attended these two workshops.

The BLM conducted briefings on the Project on January 7, 2013 for the Lyon County Commissioners Meeting in Yerington, on January 15, 2013 for the Storey County Commissioners Meeting, and on January 17, 2013 for the Storey County Planning Commissioners Meeting in Virginia City.

The public scoping period closed on February 19, 2013.  The BLM received 41 comment emails or letters on the Project for consideration.  The BLM published a Scoping Report on March 28, 2013 and notified the 113 individuals, organizations and agencies on the Project mailing list of the documents availability.

Outreach Under NHPA.  On February 8, 2013 the BLM provided early information to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and initiated consultation under the provisions of Section 106 of the NHPA for the Project’s undertaking with the National Park Service (NPS), the Comstock Historic District Commission (CHDC), the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Storey County Certified Local Government (County), the Yerington Paiute Tribe (YPT), and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (WTNC).  This consultation included the draft determination of the Project’s Area of Potential Effect (APE) under the NHPA, and an invitation to consult on the Project and comment on the APE.  On January 13, 2014 the BLM sent revised APE maps and Project description to the SHPO, ACHP, WTNC, YPT, and an individual identified as a consulting party (Larry Wahrenbrock).  This updated information was provided to NPS on May 9, 2014.

On May 9, 2014 the BLM sent correspondence to the NPS, YPT, WTNC and an individual identified as a consulting party (Larry Wahrenbrock) with information on the BLM’s draft determinations of eligibility and effect for the Project and an invitation to comment.  On June 4, 2014, BLM provided a field meeting and tour of portions of the Project area and cultural resources sites, as requested by the individual identified as a consulting party (Larry Wahrenbrock), in order to facilitate comments on the BLM’s draft determinations of eligibility and effect.  On June 10, 2014 the BLM sent correspondence to the SHPO providing the BLM’s determinations of eligibility and effect, seeking concurrence on those determinations, and inviting the SHPO to consult to resolve adverse effects under the NHPA through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  On June 12, 2014 the BLM sent correspondence to the ACHP with the BLM’s determination of adverse effect and an invitation to consult to resolve adverse effects through a MOA.  

On August 14, 2014 the BLM sent correspondence to the Comstock Cemeteries Foundation (CCF), NPS, CHDC, County, YPT, WTNC, Comstock Mining, LLC, and an individual identified as a consulting party (Larry Wahrenbrock) to invite them to participate in the resolution of adverse effects through development of a MOA.  The NPS, the YPT and the WTNC did not choose to participate in the development of the MOA, and the YPT and the WTNC did not identify any religious concerns regarding this Project.  All the other listed parties did participate in the development of the MOA.  

The BLM and consulting parties held meetings to develop the draft MOA on October 8, 2014, October 27, 2014 and on April 1, 2015.  Consulting parties were provided to the opportunity to provide additional input on the draft MOA between April 13 and May 14, 2015, and between September 3 and October 27, 2015.  The required signatories for the MOA were the ACHP, SHPO and the BLM.  The MOA was executed by the ACHP on February 17, 2016 (see Documents).

Public Review – Draft Environmental Assessment.  On November 7, 2014 the BLM announced the schedule for the public review of the draft environmental assessment (EA) and public workshop.  An article appeared in the Nevada Appeal (newspaper) on November 8, 2014.  On November 10, 2014 the BLM made the draft EA available for public review and comment for 30 days on the BLMs national ePlanning "NEPA register."  On November 10, 2014 the BLM notified 76 individuals, organizations, and agencies on the Project mailing list.  Notification was also provided to 34 Nevada State agencies through the Clearinghouse.  The draft EA, maps and information on how to comment was made available on the BLM’s national ePlanning "NEPA register."

The BLM hosted a public workshop on November 13, 2014 at the Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City.  The BLM provided the public an overview of the Project, maps and other information on compliance with the NEPA and NHPA.  Approximately 29 people attended this workshop.  The BLM received 13 comment emails or letters for consideration.  The 30-day public review and comment period for the draft EA closed on December 9, 2014.  

The BLM published all comment emails or letters (with redacted personal information), along with responses to 61 unique comments as four attachments when the Revised Draft Environmental Assessment (RDEA) was published (see below).  The BLM made other minor clarifications or revisions to the draft EA based on public comments received and incorporated those changes into the RDEA.  No changes were made to the alternatives.

Public Review – Revised Draft Environmental Assessment.  On September 21, 2015 the BLM announced the publication of the revised draft EA (RDEA).  The RDEA, maps and information on how to comment was made available on the BLM’s national ePlanning "NEPA register."  Articles were published in High Beam (internet) on September 21, 2015, the Northern Nevada Business on the Hour (internet) on October 2, 2015, the Nevada Appeal (newspaper) on October 6, 2015, and in the Virginia City News (newspaper) on October 8, 2015.  In addition to the news release, on September 21, 2015 the BLM sent notification to 10 consulting parties, and 34 Nevada State agencies through the Clearinghouse.  Along with all comment emails or letters, and responses to 61 unique comments received during the public review and comment period for the draft EA, the BLM also published the draft MOA requesting public input.  The 30-day public review and comment period for the RDEA closed on October 20, 2015.  The BLM received four comment emails or letters on the RDEA for consideration.  The BLM did not receive any public comments on the draft MOA.

No new public outreach is anticipated.