BLM Proposes Changes to OHV Designations in Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices’ Draft Resource Management Plan

on 27 October 2014

BLM’s Southern Nevada District Office has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft RMP/EIS would replace the existing 1998 Las Vegas Field Office RMP. The planning area encompasses approximately 3.1 million acres of public land administered by the BLM Southern Nevada District in Clark and Southern Nye counties, Nevada. The RMP/EIS describes and analyzes four alternatives to direct the management of the planning area. Alternative 1 is the “no action” alternative; Alternatives 2, 3, and 4 propose varying levels of resource use and conservation. Alternative 3 is the “preferred alternative” under the RMP/EIS.

OHV travel management is one of the issues impacted by the RMP/EIS. Currently, public land in the planning area is designated as “open” to cross-country OHV travel, “closed,” “limited to existing routes” or “limited to designated routes.” The RMP/EIS is proposing to change OHV designations under the preferred alternative as follows:

Current OHV Designations/Proposed OHV Designations under the Preferred Alternative
Open to Cross-Country Use: 26,563 acres/15,880 acres
Closed: 319,408 acres/181,617 acres
Limited to Existing Routes: 1,633,067 acres/0 acres
Limited to Designated Routes: 1,136,598 acres/2,912,805 acres
A more comprehensive look at proposed actions for individual sites within the planning area can be found under section “2.5.3.5 Travel and Transportation” in the RMP/EIS.

Comments
Comments must be submitted by January 7, 2015. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the designation process by contacting BLM staff. Comments may be submitted: online; by email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by fax: 7025155023; or by mail: BLM Southern Nevada District Office, Las Vegas/Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/Draft EIS, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

Additional Information
Full Text of RMP/EIS and Maps
Federal Register Notice

For further information, please contact Lee Kirk, RMP Team Lead, at 7025155026 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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