BLM Proposal–Close McDermitt Areas to Collecting to Protect Sage Grouse

Hello Reno Gem and Mineral Society,

I am contacting you to let you know about a proposal from the BLM that is going to close millions of acres to protect the sage grouse. This affects Nevada. I’ve given you three links; Proposal Alert, Interactive Map and Written Concerns. The Proposal Alert link shows the alert notice. The map shows areas to be closed. For example, I looked closely and found that the McDermitt areas will be closed to both digging and off-highway driving. And lastly, the Written Concerns link shows how to voice your written concerns.

The public has through March 30th to submit written concerns.

Proposal Alert:

BLM Idaho management plan to prohibit hobby rock collecting

Interactive Map:
http://blm-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=45b2d7896c36467aac3990b739d75a26

Written Concerns
https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/Dear_Reader_Final.pdf

Good luck,

Mike Unruh


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