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Desert race through new Nevada monument under fire

By SCOTT SONNER
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
RENO — Conservationists are asking the White House Council on Environmental Quality to put the brakes on plans to allow a popular off-road, desert race from near Las Vegas to Reno to run through a newly established national monument in Southern Nevada.

The critics say the Bureau of Land Management jumped the gun by at least tacitly approving a “massive off-road race course running directly through” the Basin and Range National Monument about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

“BLM is playing fast and loose with its legal obligations in order to let hundreds of vehicles roar through the fragile desert before the monument’s protections can be solidified,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Washington-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

The move violates the National Environmental Policy Pact and threatens to circumvent President Obama’s designation of the 1,100-square-mile monument last June, he said in a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who oversees BLM, and Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House CEQ.

Ruch also accused the BLM of “engaging in bad faith, if not downright deceptive, public outreach” by failing to provide proper notice and environmental review of the plans for the 20th running of the two-day race scheduled Aug. 19-20.

BLM spokesman Rudy Evenson confirmed on Friday that BLM currently is conducting an environmental assessment of an application for a special recreation permit to run the race on BLM land, including a stretch through the monument. But he said they had not formally received the complaint from PEER and had no immediate response to the criticism. He expects agency officials to respond on Monday.

The race sponsor, the Best in the Desert Racing Association based in Boulder City, bills the event as the longest off-highway vehicle race in the United States. About 300 motorcycles, trucks, dune buggies and other all-terrain vehicles are expected to compete this year.

The route stretches 640 miles, starting in Alamo about 100 miles north of Las Vegas, with an overnight stop in Tonopah before finishing near Dayton, about 40 miles southeast of Reno.

No association officials were immediately available to comment, spokesman Russ Turner said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

Obama said in designating the monument it covers one of the “most undisturbed corners” and the “largest ecologically intact landscapes” in the Great Basin region stretching to Oregon, Idaho and into Utah.

Ruch said an environmental impact statement — more detailed and extensive than an environmental assessment — should be required given the “cumulative impact of individual race vehicles … and the potential loss or destruction of important natural resources.”

BLM said in a news release on Aug. 4, 2015 that coordination between the agency and Best in the Desert Racing “is already in progress to ensure permitting is completed and the public is involved.”

On June 2, the agency posted notice in the Federal Register and announced in a statement that it had begun scoping work to develop a draft management plan for the overall monument. But Ruch said it included “no information or notice regarding the upcoming race, which will have substantial impact on the monument’s preservation of undisturbed land.”

“Now, a mere two months before the 2016 race is set to begin and with more than 200 racers already registered, no public notice has been provided and no public comment has been sought in regard to the race,” Ruch said.
 
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nimrod

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The only state nuttier than California is Nevada, well okay and maybe Florida.
 

Dirty Harry

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The only state nuttier than California is Nevada, well okay and maybe Florida.
This is a FEDERAL issue, not a Nevada issue. There has been mining, ranching, and racing for years in this area but now apparently it is deemed "pristine wilderness" by people who don't live there. Funny that it always someone far away who doesn't have to give anything up that feels so good about "protecting the desert".
 

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Sounds like a good spot for another solar farm.
 

Forty1Racing

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Nevada..."most undisturbed corners" pretty sure all the above, and below ground nuclear testing would disagree with that statement lol.
 

nimrod

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Perhaps the Feds are following what the elected officials of Nevada want implemented. Colorado and Utah seem to do a great job managing public lands and by comparison even California seems to be more lenient.
 

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Last weekend 4 bags of garbage were picked up around the neon rocks in Jean. I need to get my friend to send me the pictures of the trampled and driven on vegetation at the ART exhibit in desert where hardly anyone walked or drove previously. Now worried about a few miles of existing roads in a new wilderness area that will maybe only be used this one time for one day for a race. We will most likely leave it cleaner than we found it.
 

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Sounds like a good spot for another solar farm.
Yeah, that they will want to close down right after its done because it vaporizes the birds and anything else that flies thru the focal point of the mirrors. On a more responsible note, I agree with J Prich ^^^^^^^^^^^^
 

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I know Kenny is probably already all over this but if someone is organizing some kind of response it would be great to start spreading that. Pretty rare that BLM, at least so far, are on "our" side. Would be nice to work to get some positive local PR to re-butte this stuff.
Please coment on the management of the B and R monument
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Resource Management Plan for Basin and Range National Monument, Nevada, and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement
https://www.federalregister.gov/art...t=next&utm_medium=PrevNext&utm_source=Article

SUMMARY
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District Office, Ely, Nevada intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) with an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Basin and Range National Monument (BARNM) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. The new, stand-alone RMP will tier to and may incorporate by reference portions of the existing Ely District Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan (2008), as amended by the Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment signed in 2015.



DATES
This notice initiates the public scoping process for the RMP with associated EIS. Comments on issues may be submitted in writing until July 1, 2016. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers and the BLM Web site at: Basin and Range National Monument.

In order to be included in the Draft EIS, all comments must be received prior to the close of the 30-day scoping period or 15 days after the last public meeting, whichever is later. Additional opportunities for public participation will be provided for upon publication of the Draft EIS.

ADDRESSES:
You may submit comments on issues and planning criteria related to Basin and Range National Monument Resource Management Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement by any of the following methods:

Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Basin and Range National Monument Office, located at BLM Caliente Office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Alicia Styles, Monument Manger; telephone: 775-726-8100; address: P.O. Box 237, Caliente, NV 89008; email: blm_nv_basin_range@blm.gov.Contact Ms. Styles to add your name to our mailing list. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.
 

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Anyone who uses BLM or other land for racing, riding or any other activity and votes for Democrats is shooting themselves in the foot and or the head. They (Democrats) will not stop until the entire desert and as much forest land as they can get hold of are Off Limits to man and our machines. Just sayin'
 

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I don't even know what to say other than I am feed up with our government, BLM, EPA, ETC!!!! In so many ways!
 

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Perhaps the Feds are following what the elected officials of Nevada want implemented. Colorado and Utah seem to do a great job managing public lands and by comparison even California seems to be more lenient.
I am not that familiar with NV land management, but CO isn't doing that great of a job either.
We have lost tons of access in the last few years.
 

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Mission statement on their site:

"As a service organization assisting federal, state & local public employees, PEER allows public servants to work as "anonymous activists" so that agencies must confront the message, rather than the messenger."

Promoting anonymous activism as opposed to making a person accountable for accusations they may initiate. Seems like a great time to respond to PEER from the community and it would be sad if some tech savvy adversary managed to somehow redirect spam overloading their inbox...
 

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"to let hundreds of vehicles roar through the fragile desert"...this loafer wearing idiot has obviously never been to the Mojave. SMH at stupid desk jockeys.
 
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