Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor, signed a decision on February 15, 2012, to consent to geothermal leasing of 25 sections (12,809 acres) within the Aurora area of the Bridgeport Ranger District in Mineral County, Nevada.
The decision includes stipulations and lease notices to provide protection to natural and cultural resources. The sections are located about 20 miles southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada and 20 miles east of Bridgeport, California, near the Nevada-California border.
“I have carefully considered the needs of sustaining and conserving forest resources, while providing for renewable geothermal development,” said Higgins. “We have listened to the input we received from those that were engaged in this process,” continued Higgins. “I feel that this decision fairly balances the issues and interests,” said Higgins.
“This decision consents to leasing, and would allow the BLM to move forward with issuing non-competitive leases for these sections,” explained Higgins. Other key elements of this decision that will carry into the next step of the leasing process include the following:
Learn more about this release by contacting either Jeanne Higgins, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor, at 775-355-5310 or Mike Crawley, Bridgeport District Ranger, at 760-932-7070. Additional project information is located on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf/.
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