Converting the Eagle Mine to park land is critical to maintaining the serenity and recreation value of Lake Mead.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
The Nevada Eagle Mine acquisition proposal has received strong support during the public comment period that extends through Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Nevada Eagle Mining claims are located within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and could be acquired using Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA) funds in Round 14.
The acquisition will help protect and preserve the local environmentally sensitive ecosystem in a myriad of ways. The many supporters of the project include Center for Biological Diversity, Nevada Conservative League, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, Protectors of Tule Springs, Scenic Nevada, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Conservation League, the Nevada Field Office of National Parks Conservation Association and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
“The Lake Mead National Recreation Area Land Protection Plan identified the Eagle Mining Claims as in-holdings within the park and assigned a high priority for acquisition. This is also an area designated under the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan as an “Intensively Managed Area” because of the habitat values present, including habitat for the Desert Tortoise. The MSHCP calls for no new mining within Lake Mead NRA,” said John Hiatt, Issues Chair, Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
The area encompasses excellent Mojave Desert habitat and in addition to being the home of the threatened desert tortoise it also supports the rosy two-tone beardtongue among many other desert creatures and plants.
The Eagle Mining Claims are located in an area where a paved road provides access to Lake Mohave; consequently, the area is highly accessible to a variety of visitors. Because the claims are in private ownership there is always a threat to develop the lands for uses that may not be compatible with the management objectives of the National Park Service. Private development of these parcels is identified as “unacceptable” in the Lake Mead Land Protection Plan. Acquisition will avoid habitat fragmentation if the property was developed privately for residential development or for mining.
The proposal also includes provisions to mitigate any existing disturbances, including the sealing or gating of existing mine shafts.
“Converting the Eagle Mine to park land is critical to maintaining the serenity and recreation value of Lake Mead. Utilizing available SNPLMA funds for the government purchase of the Nevada Eagle Mining claims and converting it to park land should be a number one priority for the community,” say Pauline van Betten, Acquisition Project Manager.
SNPLMA funds are generated from the sale of public land in the Las Vegas Valley. The preliminary recommendations for Round 14 include expenditures of approximately $8.7 million for a variety of conservation, restoration, and improvement projects throughout Nevada, and a set aside for a Special Account Reserve.
The public may submit written comments directly to the SNPLMA Executive Committee Chair, BLM Nevada State Office, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, NV 89502-7147, by fax to the attention of the SNPLMA Executive Committee Chair at (775) 861-6601, or by email to email@example.com.
The SNPLMA Executive Committee will review the comments, and forward its final recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior for approval, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture. The Executive Committee includes the regional directors of the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester, and the BLM Nevada State Director.
About Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, encompassing more than 1.5 million acres offers year-round recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, photography, picnicking and sightseeing. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive where rain is scarce and temperatures can soar.
About The Nevada Eagle Mining Claims Acquisition Project
Pauline van Betten and Alan O’Neill were appointed to a 12 person task force in 2003 and asked to write the guidelines for the purchase of environmentally sensitive lands using SNPLMA government funds. After the task force project was completed Pauline and Alan became partners with the goal of identifying environmentally sensitive lands that fit the criteria and assembling nomination packages to advance the government purchase of those lands. Their latest project is the purchase of the Nevada Eagle Mine by the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For more information visit http://eaglemine.org.