The Hog Ranch Mine. Photo by Rex Minerals

BLM welcomes public comment for proposed mineral exploration in Washoe County

The Bureau of Land Management today began a 30-day public comment period on a draft environmental analysis for the proposed expansion of gold exploration on approximately 200 acres of public lands at the site of the former Hog Ranch Mine in Washoe County, Nevada.

The comment period will end Oct. 30, 2023.

This map shows the location of the Hog RanchMine.

The project, proposed by Hog Ranch Minerals Inc., would include improved, permanent, and temporary access roads, drill pads, exploration drill holes, a staging area and a water well, mostly on the previously disturbed mine site. During the environmental analysis, the BLM will consider impacts to cultural and biological resources, including opportunities to minimize impacts to sensitive plant species and special status wildlife species.

“The BLM has been fully engaged with cooperators, including the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team, to make sure this proposed exploration meets the highest level of environmental protection,” said BLM Applegate Field Office Manager Craig Drake. “We look forward to hearing from the public on our work as we consider appropriate mitigation measures for this project.”

Comments can be emailed to BLM_CA_Web_AP@blm.gov (preferred) or mailed to Bureau of Land Management, Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler Street, Cedarville, CA 96104, ATTN: Craig Drake, Hog Ranch Exploration Project.

Maps and additional information about the project are available on the BLM National NEPA Register, or by calling the BLM Surprise Field Station at (530) 279-6101.