Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA)
Project of the Month
Smoke Creek Ranch Acquisition
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to acquire the approximately 1,000-acre Smoke Creek Ranch private inholding to unify BLM management of over 100,000 acres of federal lands in Washoe County, Nevada within the Eagle Lake Field Office. It also protects water resources and riparian and wildlife habitat for greater Sage Grouse, migratory birds, mule deer and many other wildlife species, protects cultural and historical resources including cultural sites and a segment of the California National Historic Trail, and facilitates recreational access for camping, photography, fishing, hunting, birdwatching, and hiking. Success will be defined by the acquisition of the property. This project enhances connectivity and recreational opportunities by improving access to the wilderness study areas as well as other public lands. It sustains a natural water source, riparian areas as well as maintains wildlife access in perpetuity. This would also potentially include acquisition of 2,229 acre-foot of water rights. The current allocated funding is $2,154,910.