John Asselin, BLM's Public Affairs Specialist for Southern Nevada, wrote back to us and provided the following information:
"The activity happening in the area is the installation of a post and cable fence. The goal of the post and cable is to provide a clear route to take people to the location that is acceptable to safely shoot and meets federal, state, and county laws. The fence line traverses the length of the unsafe zone to the 1/2-mile marker where it has been deemed safe to discharge firearms for recreational purposes.
Once the fence is completed, two kiosks will be installed, one at the entrance and one at the 1/2-mile marker that will provide recreational shooting guidelines for safe shooting and acceptable targets for public lands. We will also have information regarding fire hazards as it applies to shooting recreation.
It is our goal to provide a safe means for our shooting enthusiasts to recreate and minimize the risks to the rest of the public on our roadways, and provide easily discernable boundaries to areas that aren't safe or legal to discharge firearms that may be unknown to new firearm owners.
Since Sloan is known to be the most used site, as well as the most unsafe, we have focused our fencing and education efforts at that location. Additional plans for kiosks to provide recreational shooting guidance are planned for the "gravel pit" and other locations off Light Weight road as well as other popular shooting accesses within the Jean/Roach Special Recreation Management Area.
There are no closures; however, there are intermittent daytime access restrictions while the contractors are working within the illegal discharge area. During these times, Rangers on site can provide guidance to alternate routes to access the legal area or alternate sites to conduct recreational shooting.
I hope this helps provide an overview of this project and the overall plan for the area as we try to help our firearms enthusiasts have a more enjoyable, safe, and legal experience on public lands."