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Nevada's Land Mass Consists of 70.2 Million Acres

87% of Nevada is currently under federal control

Details of A Land Transfer Initiated by H.R. 1484:

  • Phase I will include no less than 7.2 million acres
  • Of this, approximately 2 million acres (consisting of land already designated for disposal by the federal government and designated portions of the I-80 Railroad checkerboard) would be sold to finance required management divisions of the state lands office
  • Phase II will transfer the remaining 38 million acres of federal lands
  • No acreage will be designated for sale after Phase I
  • All valid existing rights including grazing, mining, timber, water, recreational access, and others will continue to be recognized
  • In all, approximately 45 Million acres will be designated for transfer to the state (meaning roughly 16 million acres or 23% of the state will remain under federal ownership/management after the transfer)

Federal Transfer Will Include:

  • BLM Administered Lands
  • U.S. Forest Service Land
  • BLM I-80 Checkerboard
  • Bureau of Reclamation Land (surplus)
  • Other Federal Land (surplus)

Federal Transfer Will Exclude:

  • Wilderness Areas
  • National Parks and Monuments
  • National Recreation Areas
  • National Wildlife Refuges and Conservation Areas
  • Federally Recognized Indian Reservations
  • Areas of Critical Concern
  • Military Installations

Annual State Revenue Estimates

  • Per Acre:              $7.78 to $28.59
  • Phase I Total:       $56 to $205.9 Million
  • Total 45M Acres:  $350 Million to $1.2 Billion

Annual BLM Revenue Average (2008-2012)

  • Per Acre:                  - $0.91
  • Total 47.7M Acres:   - $31.1 Million

Final Transfer Net Revenue to be held in Trust for the following beneficiaries:

  • Public K-12 Education
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public Specialized Education
  • Public Mental and Medical Health Services
  • Social, Senior, & Veteran Services
  • Public Endangered Species Recovery Planning and Implementation
  • Local Government Service and Infrastructure Needs

 

Sources: 

Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act, H.R. 1484, 114th Cong.

“A Report of the Nevada Land Management Task Force to the Nevada Interim Legislative Committee on Public Lands: Congressional Transfer of Public Lands to the State of Nevada”, July 18, 2014.

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