Mr. Rechel, a licensed Master Guide for hunting in the State of Nevada has submitted a commercial SRP renewal application to the Carson City District Office for hunting and guiding on BLM managed lands on a multi-jurisdictional, statewide basis. State and Federal regulations require guides to secure land use permits with the appropriate land management agency when charging a fee to accompany customers during the legal hunting and fishing seasons. Mr. Rechel intends to guide customers on hunting trips throughout Nevada, with actual locations determined by client demand. Specially designated areas such as Wilderness Study Areas will be excluded from permitted use in the Carson City District until an Environmental Assessment level analysis is completed (43 CFR 2932.5). The permit will be valid for a ten year period with an annual renewal clause dependent upon adherence to stipulations, completion of required paper work and payment of fees. Guiding may occur on public lands by hiking or use of ATV and 4WD’s. Camping will be in tents, camper or private facilities. It is anticipated that requested use will produce minimal impacts to resources. There will be a potential to reduce impacts through the application of stipulations and regulations compared to the alternative action which would be the unregulated use by unescorted and unsupervised hunters or hunting groups.
The Carson City District Office will be the lead on the permit, while each District Office within the state will review the application, provide cultural and NEPA clearance and additional stipulations as necessary for their respective management areas.
This action is in conformance with the Carson City Field Office Consolidated Resource Management Plan (2001): page REC-7, SOP 3; All public lands not limited or closed in the RMP are open to all individual, commercial and competitive outdoor recreation uses. Opportunities for exploring the back-county by vehicle, hunting, camping, sightseeing and hiking are encouraged.
Categorical Exclusion Reference 516 DM 11.9 H (1) “Issuance of Special Recreation Permits for day use or overnight use up to 14 consecutive nights; that impacts no more than 3 staging area acres; and/ or for recreational travel along roads, trails, or in areas authorized in a land use plan”.