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Last Wednesday I took part in a field trip to visit the new addition to the State Park System. It was hosted by the NV State Parks and included several scientists and consultants. The State has acquired three private ranches including some 12,000 acres of land and 28 miles of river frontage on the East Fork of the Walker River. The property is surrounded by public land owned by the USFS and the BLM. The new lands have high scenic quality, lots of quality wildlife habitat and a trout fishery that has been protected for 100 years. We saw wild turkeys, raptors and large herds of mule deer. The vegetation communtities are intact with high densities of native bunch grasses and pinyon juniper stands. There are numerous old mining ghost towns in the area including Bodie, CA which is about 15 miles by dirt road and Aurora, NV about 10 miles.
This project with facilitated by a conversation easement obtained by the Nature Conservancy. The area is part of the Bi-State Greater Sage Grouse Recovery Area, and provides habitat for some keystone wildlife species.
There will be at least one developed campground with water and hookups and several primitive camp sites. Boondock camping is legal anywhere on public lands on several hundred square miles. A great place to visit about an hour from home.