blank 06/27/12 03:26PM Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Event, Virginia City Grand Prix

BLM Seeks Input on a Motorcycle Event in Virginia City

Release Date: 06/25/12


Lisa Ross

, 775-885-6107


News Release No. CCDO 2012-39

BLM Seeks Input on a Motorcycle Event in Virginia City


Carson City, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Sierra Front Field Office in Carson City, Nevada is requesting your input in the development of an environmental assessment (EA) for a motorcycle event to be held in Virginia City, Storey County, Nev. The Virginia City Motorcycle Club (Club) has submitted to the BLM a five year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) application for the “Virginia City Grand Prix” event. Comments will be accepted until July 26, 2012.

For more than 30 years similar events have been held in Virginia City. In order to fulfill the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, a new EA to evaluate the potential effects of holding the event in the future will be prepared.

In preparing their proposal, the Club has provided the BLM with the following information:

• The annual event would occur each spring, typically on the last weekend of April;
• There would be 400-550 participants each day, with up to 5,000 spectators over the two-day event;
• The race course matrix would include approximately 65 miles of existing roads and trails in the Virginia City area, although only about 20 to 30 miles of the entire course would be used each year;
• The race course matrix crosses a mix of public and private lands; and
• Event staging and parking would occur on private lands.

During the development of the EA, the public will be provided additional opportunity for input during a 30-day review period of the preliminary EA. However, to assist the BLM in evaluating the Club’s proposal and whether there are existing concerns or conflict of uses within the Virginia City area, your input is requested at this early stage.

• Do you have knowledge of sensitive or unique resources within the proposed event area?
• Do you have knowledge of conflicts between recreation users within the proposed event area or timing of event?
• Do you have other information about the proposed event area that could assist us with our evaluation?

For additional information and a map of the proposed motorcycle event go to:

If you have any questions, or to submit your comments, contact: Brian Buttazoni, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, 5665 Morgan Mill Rd, Carson City, Nevada 89701 or email at: Comments can also be faxed to: 775-885-6147 attn: Brian Buttazoni. For more information call 775-885-6004.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

Carson City District   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89701  


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