The BLM has provided several opportunities for public involvement and input on this Project. They are described below.
Public Workshops and Review - Scoping
On April 3, 2013, the BLM initiated a 30-day public scoping period. Letters were sent out to the Project mailing list (approximately 96 residents, other organizations and agencies) and notification was provided to the regional media. Notification to State agencies was provided through the Nevada State Clearinghouse. Information including maps was made available on the Project’s website. An article appeared in the Nevada Appeal on April 4, 2013, April 9, 2013 and April 13, 2013, and in The Record-Courier on April 5, 2013. On April 11, 2013 the BLM hosted a workshop at the Carson City District Office. A Project overview was provided to participants; maps were available for review and specialists were available for questions. Fourteen people attended the two-hour workshop. The public scoping period closed on May 2, 2013. The BLM received 12 comments on the Project from the public and other agencies. A presentation on the Project was made to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Council meeting on June 14, 2013, and to the Yerington Paiute Tribal Council meeting on July 8, 2013.
Public Workshops and Review - draft Environmental Assessment
On October 22, 2013, the BLM provided 30-days public review and comment of the draft EA. Notification letters were sent to 97 individuals, organizations or agencies on the Project mailing list. A press release on the draft EA’s availability was issued on October 21, 2013. Articles appeared in The Record Courier on October 21, 2013, and the Reno Gazette-Journal on October 22, 2013. On October 28, 2013 the BLM issued a press release announcing the extension of the comment period. On November 11, 2013 the press release extending the comment period appeared in the Las Vegas Sun and News Daily (web version). On November 12, 2013 the press release extending the comment period appeared in Carson Now (web version) and the Reno Gazette-Journal. On November 6, 2013 the BLM hosted a workshop at the East Fork Fire Station in Fish Springs. Staff were available to answer questions and maps of the Project area were provided. A presentation on the Project was provided by the BLM. Thirteen people attended the workshop. The extended comment period closed on November 29, 2013. The BLM received 17 comments to consider.
Public Review - draft Programmatic Agreement
The BLM provided a 30-day public comment period on the draft PA on February 4, 2014. An article on the comment period appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on February 5, 2014 and the Nevada Appeal on February 6, 2014. The comment period closed on March 5, 2014. The BLM received five comments to consider.