Wildhorse Ranch Project: A Win-Win Partnership To Protect Sagebrush Range
Innovative conservation easement with ranchers, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, and NRCS preserves agricultural working lands, wildlife habitat, and public land access for future generations.
Innovative conservation easement preserves agricultural working lands, wildlife habitat, and public land access for future generations
In northern Nevada, elk and sage grouse cruise across healthy sagebrush range alongside cattle, antelope, and deer. Keeping this area’s working ranchlands intact is pivotal for maintaining the forage and water resources that support these spectacular birds and herds.
Thanks to our partner, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 4,500 acres of key wildlife habitat and working lands will be protected for future generations. A voluntary conservation agreement with the owners of Wildhorse Ranch — which includes Sage Grouse Initiative-enrolled rancher Bryan Masini — will conserve crucial range and preserve ranching heritage.
>>Land Conserved: 4,500 acres ranchland + improved public access for hunting and recreation on 19,000 acres of adjacent public lands managed by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.
>> Wildlife Benefits: Wonderful range habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and elk, along with the vital riparian areas that supports big game, birds, and fish.
>> ProjectLocation: 70 miles north of Elko, Nevada, in the Owyhee River watershed.
>> Partners Involved: Agricultural landowners, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nevada Department of Wildlife, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.
“We are grateful for all the partners in this effort and find great hope in innovative approaches such as this conservation easement,” said Tony Wasley, NDOW director. “This is a great solution that protects private land, while also maintaining the land’s benefits for the wildlife species that depend on it.”