BLM Prepared EA for Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno OHV Race Special Recreation Permit

Public comments needed and will be accepted until July 31

Best in the Desert (BITD) has applied for a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to conduct the annual Vegas to Reno Off-Highway Vehicle race on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The 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.

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Action is needed through public comments to conduct the annual Vegas to Reno Off-Road Highway Vehicle race on public lands.Photo Courtesy of ShareTrails.org

This year's race is proposed to start on Friday, August 19, 2016, near the town of Alamo, Nevada, and finish near Dayton, Nevada, on Saturday, August 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.

Permitted OHV races such as V2R and other group or competition events are an important part of motorized recreation in Nevada and elsewhere.

The EA will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning July 1, 2016, and can be viewed at: http://1.usa.gov/291xoSO. Written comments will be accepted through July 31, 2016, and may be submitted via the website; emailed to blm_nv_bmdo_tfo_vegastorenoea@blm.gov; or submitted to 1553 South Main Street, P.O. Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049.

For more information, please 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.

This is an opportunity for the OHV community to show support for one of their own. As always there is a big push by anti-access groups to close down this event, and it is important that the BLM hear more than just anti-access rhetoric. Please take a couple of minutes to contact the BLM and show your support for this event.

Check out the various documentation here:
2016 Sample Letter
2016 Basin Monument BLM Info
2016 Rebuttal Letter