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.
>> 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.
>> Project Location: 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.
The project was funded by the Nevada Department of Wildlife as well as the Sage Grouse Initiative through the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Agricultural Conservation Easement Program.
“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.”