The Bureau of Land Management Ely District, Egan and Schell field offices held a public auction on Wednesday, April 1, selling two parcels of agency-administered public land totaling 78.02 acres.

The Egan Field Office sold through a competitive sale one 38.02-acre parcel of public land located about one-quarter mile northwest of Ely to Thomas Bath, of White Pine County, for $135,000. Bath was the lone bidder.

The Schell Field Office sold one 40-acre parcel of public land located near South Industrial Way, about two miles north of Ely. The field office sold the parcel through a modified competitive sale to Terry and Randy Reck, of White Pine County, for $81,580. The parcel contains a batch plant and defunct gravel pit previously operated by the Reck brothers who were identified as the designated bidders and authorized to meet the high bid. They were the lone bidders.

The second 40-acre parcel for competitive sale was unsold. The parcel may be available at a later date.

The sales were conducted in accordance with the White Pine County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2006, complied with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, and were in conformance with the 2008 Ely Resource Management Plan.

The Nevada State General Education Fund will receive five percent of the sales proceeds and White Pine County will receive 10 percent. The BLM will receive 85-percent for archaeological resources, natural resource protection, recreation and wilderness planning, and other opportunities in White Pine County.

For more information, contact Susan Grande, BLM Ely District realty specialist, at (775) 289-1800 or