The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is initiating development of a management plan for eastern Nevada’s new Basin and Range National Monument with assistance from BLM Salmon (Idaho) Field Manager Linda Price.

“I look forward to working with the local communities and other stakeholders in crafting their Monument,” Price said. Price was the first permanent manager of the 279,566-acre Vermilion

Cliffs National Monument in Arizona and helped oversee development of its resource management plan through to the signing of the Record of Decision, a five-year process. Prior to that, she served for three years as the acting Monument Manager.

Price will be onboard with the Ely District for about two months. “We’re fortunate to have Linda, even for a short while. Her experience coordinating with and involving various publics in this initial phase is critical to creating a sustainable and workable plan,” BLM Ely District Manager Michael Herder said.

The Basin and Range National Monument, designated by Presidential proclamation on July 10, is the first BLM-managed national monument in Nevada. It comprises 704,000 acres of Ely District-administered lands in Lincoln and Nye counties. The monument includes Garden and Coal valleys; the Seaman and Worthington mountains, Golden Gate and Mount Irish ranges; the Hiko and White River narrows; and Shooting Gallery rock art site. The monument was created under the Antiquities Act because of its geological, ecological, cultural, historical, paleoecological, seismological, archaeological, and paleoclimatological significance.