Bently land up for $11.4 million BLM purchase |

Bently land up for $11.4 million BLM purchase

Kurt Hildebrand
A view of a portion of the Bently land located in the Pine Nut Mountains that is up for purchase under the Southern Nevada Public Land Managerment Act.
Legacy Land & Water |

More than 14,500 acres of Bently land in the Pine Nut Mountains worth $11.425 million has been recommended for federal purchase.

The property is the largest expenditure of money under the 15th round of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998.

According to information released on Wednesday, the property includes 684 acre feet of water a year.

While it’s primarily located in Douglas County, there are parcels in Carson City and Lyon County.

The land would be acquired by the Bureau of Land Management, and is located in the Pine Nut Mountain Planning Management Unit.

The purchase would consolidate federal management for protection of bi-state sage grouse habitat, cultural resources, riparian areas and improvement of public access.

An estimated 9,000 acres of land are located in the sage grouse habitat. The property was nominated by Gardnerville firm Legacy Land and Water, owned by former Douglas County commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen.

Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the recommendations in the act, which allows proceeds from the sale of public lands in Clark County to fund projects throughout the state. They would provide $39 million for 40 projects.

“This is a great day for Nevada, more than $39 million stemming from the sale of Nevada’s public lands will be infused directly into the management, conservation, and improvement of some of our most precious natural resources,” Sandoval said.

Also receiving $464,560 in funding is the treatment of 900 acres in the Genoa hazardous fuels project area and $308,760 for the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District to reduce hazardous fuels on the east side of Daggett Pass and in Haines Canyon.