The Wilderness Land Trust Completes First Acquistion in Nevada

The Wilderness Land Trust Completes First Acquistion in Nevada

Jan. 17, 2012

Washoe County, NV – The Wilderness Land Trust announces the protection of a 320-acre property in the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness.   The Trust purchased the property in order to transfer it to the Bureau of Land Management for an addition to the wilderness.   The property is also part of the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area.


“The East Fork is big sky country with hidden hot springs, pockets of lush riparian areas, and vast expanses of sagebrush covered hills,” said David Kirk, Senior Lands Specialist for the Trust.   “It is a place to get lost.  The magnificence of the North American frontier, so cut up by subdivisions, roads, and sprawl elsewhere, has staked out a last stand here.  When visiting the wilderness, the complexities of daily life boil down to one thought - What’s over that next hill?”


The property is located at a trailhead on the northern border of the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness, and the purchase will complete the 52,000-acre wilderness.   Cottonwood Creek crosses the property, and mule deer, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, coyotes and sage grouse are common in the area.    The Lassen Emigrant trail, the route of many miners on their way to the California gold fields in the 1840s, borders the wilderness.   


The East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness is adjacent to the Black Rock Desert, the location of the annual Burning Man Festival.   Burning Man attracts upwards of 30,000 people to the desert, but the East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness remains a place of natural solitude.  A visitor truly feels that she is seeing the exact landscape that confronted settlers as they bounced along in covered wagons on their route to California.


The Trust is working with the Bureau of Land Management to transfer the property into public ownership in late 2012.   The property is the first acquisition by the Trust in Nevada, but the Trust is talking with additional willing sellers and hopes to complete more of Nevada wilderness later this year.

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