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The Bureau of Land Management will hold a Designated Leasing Area Siting Forum for the Southern Nevada District on March 13, 2018, in the ballroom at the Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas. The forum is open to the public.

The purpose of the forum is to identify locations on which to site wind and solar development in areas with the highest generation potential and fewest resource conflicts considering the following criteria:
• Minimize potential negative environmental impacts;
• Minimize potential negative social, recreation and economic impacts;
• Provide flexibility to the renewable energy industry to consider a variety of renewable energy projects (e.g., location, facility size, and technology);
• Optimize existing transmission infrastructure and corridors;
• Identify legal access to private, state and Federal lands surrounding the DLA and the potential to create areas that are inaccessible to the public;
• Consider the effects on the manageability and uses of public lands around boundaries of the DLA; and
• Meet projected demand for renewable energy development.

Two separate sessions will be available for the forum – the first session is scheduled from 12-3:30 p.m. and the second session from 5-8:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Centennial B, C, D and E Ballrooms at Santa Fe Station, 4949 N Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130. For more information, please contact Lee Kirk at (702) 515-5026 or email jkirk@blm.gov.


♦The Bureau of Land Management has extended the deadline for public input on the Revised Draft Southern Nevada District Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement. The deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018. The deadline was extended because of comments received from the public, and a desire by the BLM to collect more public input. The original deadline was February 2.♦

 
 
 

In 2008, the BLM initiated a revision to the 1998 Las Vegas Resource Management Plan (RMP). A Draft RMP/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released for public review in October 2014. Following the public comment period, work began on development of the Proposed RMP/Final EIS. While working on the Proposed RMP/Final EIS, new information gathered in response to public comments and concerns from cooperating agencies, as well as rapidly changing issues, contributed to a pause in development and initiated a BLM internal review in July 2016.

As a result of the BLM internal review, the BLM has determined that an opportunity for public input is needed to gather additional information on the areas identified below and that a Revised Draft RMP/EIS should be developed. Opportunity to provide input will be offered from now until March 23, 2018. The known focus areas for the Revised Draft RMP/EIS include:


• Renewable energy
• Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
• Lands with wilderness characteristics
• Land tenure adjustments (i.e., land disposals)
• Socio-economics

The planning area is located in Southern Nevada and includes all public lands managed by the Las Vegas Field Office within Clark County and all public lands managed by the Pahrump Field Office in southern Nye County, outside the Air Force’s Nellis Test and Training Range. The planning area is bordered by:

To the east - Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; Mojave County, Arizona; and lands managed by the BLM’s Arizona Strip Field Office
To the north  - Desert National Wildlife Range and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge; the Air Force’s Nellis Test and Training Range; Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site; Lincoln and Esmerelda counties, Nevada; and lands managed by the BLM’s Caliente and Tonopah Field Offices
To the west - Death Valley National Park; San Bernardino County, California; and public lands managed by the BLM’s Barstow Field Office
To the south - Mojave National Preserve and public lands managed by BLM’s Needles and Kingman Field Offices

The planning area surrounds, but does not include: the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Major drainages in the planning area include the Amargosa, Muddy and Virgin Rivers and Meadow Valley Wash.

This web site provides the latest information on the development of the RMP Revision and the EIS. As the project progresses, this web site will including background documents, maps, meeting announcements, published bulletins, and other documents.