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NPS, in Partnership with BLM, will Hold Wilderness Management Plan Public Meetings October 3 and 4

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Date: September 28, 2006
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8947

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is beginning to develop a plan for the future of eight wilderness areas in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and adjacent to BLM lands. The agencies are seeking public input in the process of preparing a Wilderness Management Plan. Open house format public meetings will be held from 4-7 p.m. on: Tuesday, October 3, at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water Street, Henderson, Nevada; and also on Wednesday, October 4, at the Laughlin Government Center, 101 Civic Way, Laughlin, Nevada. The Wilderness Management Plan is being developed to establish a framework for the long-term management of the following Congressionally-designated wilderness areas:

Wilderness areas managed by the NPS:

  • Pinto Valley Wilderness
  • Jimbilnan Wilderness
  • Black Canyon Wilderness
  • Nellis Wash Wilderness
  • Bridge Canyon Wilderness

Wilderness areas jointly managed by the NPS and BLM:

  • Eldorado Wilderness
  • Ireteba Peaks Wilderness
  • Spirit Mountain Wilderness

The ninth wilderness area in the park, the Muddy Mountains Wilderness will be covered by a separate plan being developed by the BLM and NPS. The majority of this wilderness area is on lands administered by the BLM, with only about 10 percent of the area in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. If you are unable to attend one of these meetings but would still like to share your ideas for future planning of the above-mentioned wilderness areas, you can post comments via the internet by going to http://parkplanning.nps.gov (choose select by park, scroll to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and click go), or you can submit written paper comments to: Pat Kenney, NPS Denver Service Center, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80225-0287. Please be aware that it is the practice of the NPS to make all comments, including the names and addresses of the respondents, available for public review. Individuals may request the NPS withhold their name and/or address from public disclosure by checking the “keep my contact information private” box on the website, or by stating that phrase prominently at the beginning of their written comments.

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A Bighorn Sheep

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