Congressman Mark Amodei today introduced H.R. 6184, the Restoring Storey Act, which would transfer the surface rights to approximately 1,745 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Virginia City to Storey County to resolve conflicting ownership and title claims.
"This is an historic problem for Virginia City dating back to the 19th century. Faulty surveys, lost documentation, and maps without bearings make it nearly impossible to sort out claims of ownership," said Amodei. "The property in question has been occupied for decades by families who believe they own it when legally they're considered trespassers on BLM land."
The bill would instruct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to Storey County, by quitclaim deed, all surface rights to the BLM land 60 days after the date of the enactment of the legislation. All costs associated with the conveyance under this section shall be the responsibility of BLM.