Interior Considering Public Lands for Navy Use

Opens comment period on withdrawal extension for possible legislative transfer.

This week, the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of the Interior announced the opening of the comment period on the proposal to extend the withdrawal of near 700,000 acres of public land in Nevada for another four years. The stated purpose is to “maintain current environmental baseline conditions” while evaluations are made of the possible legislative transfer of the land to the U.S. Navy.

The effort to expand the grounds for military use has been attempted in the past. Congress did not authorize any military land expansion in the defense budget a year ago. While the military installations provide some economic benefit, tribal organizations, environmental groups, and others have been opposed to the expansion of current military training and testing grounds in Nevada and other areas.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials in the Bureau of Land Management to heed public comments as they propose the land withdrawal extension.
  • For military leaders as they seek to expand testing and training grounds.
  • For Congress as they consider proposals for the possible land transfer.
  • For tribes and environmental groups concerned about the military use of additional lands.

Sources: Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bureau of Land Management


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