Dec. 10, 2012
Wilderness Acquisitions in California and Nevada
-- by Aimee Rutledge
Help The Wilderness Land Trust
Keep Wilderness Wild
The Wilderness Land Trust works throughout the West. The Trust purchases private property inside wilderness (inholdings) or at the edge of wilderness or potential wilderness. We then transfer it to the federal managing agency for permanent addition to wilderness.
Recent key acquisitions
---An acquisition in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, completing the 52,000-acre East Fork High Rock Canyon Wilderness, to protect a 320-acre property near the site of the Burning Man festival.
--- Adding 160 acres to the Mokelumne Wilderness in Alpine County at the headwaters of Jeff Davis Creek, in the Carson Creek watershed south of Lake Tahoe.
--- Adding 157 acres to the Santa Lucia Wilderness in San Luis Obispo County to protect aeries for nesting peregrine falcons.
---Protecting condor habitat in Big Sur by adding 120 acres to the Ventana Wilderness, preventing residential development and motorized access.
--- Adding 640 acres to the proposed Sand to Snow National Monument in the San Gorgonio Wilderness along the North Fork of the Whitewater River near Palm Springs to protect scarce water.
Since founded in Colorado in 1992, the Wilderness Land Trust has protected 362 parcels, comprising 37,493 acres in 84 designated and proposed wilderness areas across the West, including in Colorado, California, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Nevada and Washington.
The Trust needs your help to be ready to purchase from private sellers immediately when high priority properties come on the market. We work with private individuals and foundations, who are willing to provide “bridge funding” (either donations or loans) to help the Trust buy private inholdings quickly. Our quick action prevents other private buyers from purchasing the property for development.
Please help us to be ready to protect private properties as wilderness by making a loan or donation to our Wilderness Opportunity Fund.
Here are our current projects on which you may be able to help:
--- At the base of the Castle Crags Wilderness rock formations visible from Interstate 5 near Mt. Shasta, to help prevent timber harvests.
--- In the Ventana Wilderness in Big Sur on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, to prevent residential development and motorized access.
--- At the top of the Snow Mountain Wilderness in Lake and Colusa Counties, to stop blockage of a public trail crossing private land.
--- In the Cedar Roughs Wilderness, near the Bay Area, overlooking Lake Berryessa in Napa County, to add year- round, recreational access.
--- In the Jarbidge Wilderness in northeast Nevada, to acquire seven 40- acre parcels to protect alpine settings.
--- In the Mt. Grafton Wilderness in eastern Nevada, to protect bighorn sheep and mountain lion habitat.
--- In the Goshute Canyon Wilderness, also in eastern Nevada, an 80-acre purchase to save sage grouse habitat.
Please contact Aimee Rutledge, California Program Manager, at 415-606-5895, or David Kirk, Real Estate Specialist for Nevada, at 408-444-8707 to find out how your donation or loan can help protect wilderness.
This article can be found in the Sierra Clubs Words Of the Wild Vol. XV, No. 3 December 2012
“For two decades the Wilderness land Trust has piece by piece added to the long term security not only of wilderness areas but also to the ecological security of the planet. And this is just a beginning for what the Trust can do.”
Thomas E. Lovejoy
University Professor George Mason University; Biodiversity Chair, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; Founder of the public television series “Nature;” formerly, Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations, Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian Institution, and Executive Vice President of World Wildlife Fund-US. Coined the term “Biological Diversity.”
The Wilderness Land Trust
PO Box 1420, Carbondale, CO 81623, phone: 970.963.1725 fax: 970.963.6067