The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has announced it is proposing to offer through a modified-competitive sale a 40-acre parcel of public land about 20 miles southeast of Rachel in Lincoln County. The BLM will accept written comments on the proposal during a 45-day public comment period which ends Feb. 21.

The parcel contains a 2.5-acre occupancy and residential lease issued in 1988 to Steve Medlin. Over the past 25 years, considerable disturbance has occurred beyond the 2.5 acre lease onto an adjacent 37.5-acre area, consisting of property items that belong to Medlin. In consideration of the historical uses of the parcel, to protect on-going uses, and to avoid dislocation of existing users, the BLM has identified Steve Medlin as the designated bidder for the sale of this parcel.  The designated bidder has the option to meet the high bid.

The sale, as proposed, would be a public, oral auction to be held at the BLM Caliente Field Office, 1400 South Front Street, Caliente. Bidding on the sale parcel would begin at the established FMV of $19,000.

The Lincoln County Commissioners requested this sale and placed it at the top of their land sale priority list for public land sales in accordance with the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 (LCCRDA). The Commission also expressed their support of Medlin as the designated bidder for a modified competitive sale.

The proposed sale would be conducted in accordance with the LCCRDA, complies with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, and is in conformance with the 2008 Ely Resource Management Plan. Five percent of the proceeds from the proposed land sale would go to the Nevada State General Education Fund, 10 percent to Lincoln County, and the remainder deposited in a special account to be used for wilderness planning and natural resource protection, and recreation and other opportunities in Lincoln County.

Written comments may be submitted to the BLM Ely District Office, Attn: Cynthia Longinetti HC 33 Box 33500, Ely, NV 89301, fax: 775-289-1910, or email:  Maps delineating the proposed sale parcel are available at and at the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

If, after reviewing the comments, the BLM determines to proceed with the sale, a sale date will be scheduled and announced on the Ely District web site and in the local media at least 15 days in advance of the sale. The lands would not be sold prior to 60 days following the publication of the Notice of Realty Action in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Jan. 7.