Carson City, Nev. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) which analyzes potential impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the proposed Best in the Desert annual Vegas to Reno off-highway vehicle race.
Public comments will be accepted through July 31.
This year’s race is proposed to start on Aug. 19 near the town of Alamo, Nev. and finish near Dayton, Nev. on Aug. 20.
The proposed route is entirely on existing roads. Most of these roads are on public lands managed by three BLM Districts (Ely, Battle Mountain and Carson City districts), including a 37-mile segment passing through the Basin and Range National Monument in the Ely District entirely on existing roads.
Short route segments also pass through Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and private lands. The event would include trucks, cars, buggies, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. The promoter expects 330 event vehicles, approximately 5,000 spectators and 500 staff members.
Conditions and stipulations attached to the SRP would include safety and resource protection measures, sanitation, cleanup and route rehabilitation.
The EA analyzes a range of alternatives for the event race course. The proposed action, as submitted by the event proponent, would include a 37-mile segment of the race on existing roads passing through the Basin and Range National Monument.
The Beatty-to-Dayton alternative would follow the route used in 2015 for this event. The transfer route would contain a modified version of the proposed action that avoids the national monument.
The no action alternative would deny the event promoter a permit for this event. The EA will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning July 1 and can be viewed at: http://1.usa.gov/291xoSO.
Written comments will be accepted through July 31 and may be submitted via the website; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; or submitted to 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049.
For more information, contact Melanie Hornsby, Outdoor Recreation Planner at 775-885-6000.
Questions specific to the Basin and Range National Monument should be directed to Alicia Styles, Monument Manager at 775-726-8100.