U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
|Release Date: 04/01/10|
|News Release No. CA-N-10-53|
Wilderness Land Trust Donates Emerson Creek Land to BLM
The Wilderness Land Trust recently donated 160 acres of formally private property in far northeast California to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for management as public land.
The property is near the Surprise Valley community of Eagleville, along Emerson Creek in eastern Modoc County. It adjoins the South Warner Wilderness and is within the BLM’s South Warner Contiguous Wilderness Study Area.
It was the last remaining private property inholding in the South Warner Contiguous Wilderness Study Area, and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife including mule deer and elk.
The property also provides good public access to the Emerson Creek Trail, one of the only trails on the eastern side of the South Warner Wilderness, which is managed by the Modoc National Forest. Visitors can use the trail to reach Cole and Eagle peaks, and spectacular views of Surprise Valley from over 9,000 feet in elevation.
“This acquisition makes it easier for the South Warner Contiguous Wilderness Study Area to be managed in a way that protects wilderness values. Wildlife and people will benefit from this acquisition,” said Wilderness Land Trust President Reid Haughey.
“After we received the property donation, we conducted a closing inspection of the property and saw elk, an unusual sighting in this area, and fresh mountain lion tracks,” said Ken Collum of the BLM Surprise Field Office. “We are very pleased to now have the site in public ownership. We look forward to managing it for protection of its wilderness characteristics.”
The Wilderness Land Trust
The Bureau of Land Management
Northern California District 355 Hemsted Drive, Redding, CA 96002
|Last updated: 04-01-2010|
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