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Reno, NV 89507

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Conservationist Glossary

Primrose in Southern Nevada - dghiglieri

Meaning of Common Abbreviations and Terms
Used on the Sierra Club Web Pages
Bureau of Land Management:  Manages the majority of public lands in the west.  The agency is in the Department of the Interior (DOI). 
United States Forest Service:  Manages all National Forest (NF) lands in the United States and its possessions.  The agency is in the Department of Agriculture (DOA).  National Forests in Nevada are nearly all managed by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and a small part managed by the Inyo NF.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service:  Manages all National Wildlife Refuges (NWR).  Refuges in Nevada include the Desert NWR, Sheldon NWR, Ruby Lake NWR, Pahranagat NWR, Ash Meadows NWR, Moapa NWR, and Stillwater NWR.
Department of Energy: Manages large tracts of lands in Nevada withdrawn for Nuclear Testing.  The Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas is managed by the DOE and is closed to all public access.
Department of Defense:  Manages large military reservations in the United States.  In Nevada the DOD manages the Nellis Bombing and Gunnery Range north of Las Vegas and other large areas around Fallon.  DOD also controls air space and restricts private and commercial aircraft.  Nellis is an US Air Force reservation and Fallon is a US Navy reservation.

Environmental Impact Statement:  A requirement whenever the federal government must approve a major federal action usually related to development on public lands or NF lands or NWR lands.  The need for an EIS is spelled out in the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA.  EIS's and EA's provide a valuable opportunity for citizens to comment on proposed government actions.
Environmental Assessment:  Like an EIS but with a lower level of study.  EA's are used when the goverment determines that an action is not significant enough to warrant an EIS.  For example,  locating a single facility on a small area of public land would be studied in an EA.
Scoping requires public comment to determine which issues are necessary to be included in an EIS or EA.

Read about Eastern Nevada on our Water Page

"There's a remoteness to the spread of land across eastern Nevada that seems to be an indulgence, a fast-receding luxury in this day of easy access. The mountains and valleys here, the hills and trees, the old buildings, life itself, take on a precious timelessness that can only be enjoyed far from the concrete activities of modern-day man. It is heartening to discover places that have been overlooked or that have not completely yielded to that omnivorous conceit called progress. An early November morning found me wandering through endless stands of juniper above Clover Valley, listening to a lyrical silence and delighting in the knowledge that the jet planes speeding across the sky high overhead could never land nearby.

Such remoteness can certainly mean isolation and loneliness, but it can also foster a pleasant sense of seclusion and intimacy. Many of the little valleys first settled by the Mormons over 100 years ago still offer refuge from the overpowering vastness that characterizes this countryside."

NEVADA: Land of Discovery by David and Robert O. Beatty, published by the First National bank of Nevada, 1976, p. 61