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Release Date: 08/22/14
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News Release No. ELDO 2014-054

Hawks, Hikes, and Wilderness

ELKO, Nev. – It’s time to take it outside and learn about predatory birds and wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is teaming up with Hawkwatch International for an educational hike on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the entire family to learn about predatory birds and wilderness education.

This day hike in the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA), managed by the Elko District, was identified as part of the 1980 Intensive Wilderness Inventory conducted by the BLM. This spectacular area offers views stretching across the Great Salt Lake Desert Wasatch Range east of Salt Lake City, to the Ruby Mountains. Hawkwatch International (HI) has been conducting predatory bird migration inventories at a site located within the WSA since 1980 and HI offers visitors a unique experience to actually participate in counting, trapping, analyzing and releasing wild hawks, falcons and other predatory birds.

The guided hike will begin at 9 a.m. MDT; (8 a.m. PST) at the Christmas Tree Canyon Trailhead, approximately 20 miles south of West Wendover, Nev. on US Highway Alternate 93. Turn right or west off the highway at the old Nevada Department of Transportation maintenance station and follow the binocular signs to the trailhead. A four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended. This strenuous hike is approximately 2.5 miles to the top, with an elevation gain of around 1,800 feet. Hikers should bring lots of water, snacks and a small lunch, and hikers should dress in layers as the weather can be highly variable this time of year.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Blaine Potts of the BLM at (775) 753-0356.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-17-2015