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Wovoka Wilderness: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

For years, concerned citizens of Lyon County have sought to protect the county's last, major, roadless stretch of wild country.

The Forest Service knows this area as the Pine Grove South/Bald Mountain inventoried roadless area. But Lyon County supporters have named the proposed wilderness after Wovoka, the Native American spiritual leader, and father of the Ghostdance, who was born and raised in this area.


Ancient cottonwoods along the E. Walker River and stunning views of the Sweetwater Mountains can be found in the Wovoka Proposed Wilderness in Lyon County. [Photo (c) Brian Beffort]

This area includes world-class fly-fishing along the East Fork Walker River, sage grouse and bighorn habitat and sensitive archaeological resources that are threatened by expanding off-road vehicle use.

Senator Harry Reid announced in August that he will support a land transfer bill for the city of Yerington — considered a major cog in the revitalization of Lyon County's copper mining industry — if it includes the establishment of a wilderness area.

The Wovoka Wilderness Proposal represents yet another wilderness proposal that is the result of local people coming together across party lines to protect their common ground they love. Protecting this last piece of Nevada's wild heritage will protect critical wildlife habitat and archaeological resources, and it will ensure that people today — and for generations to come — will be able to explore and appreciate the natural wonders that make this part of Nevada special.

Please take a few minutes NOW to help Wovoka get the permanent protection it deserves.

Call or write Senator Reid and thank him for supporting wilderness in Lyon County (see Senator Reid's contact information).

Read a Reno Gazette-Journal article about the proposal.

Click here to learn more about the Wovoka Proposed Wilderness.

Photos from Wovoka

 

East Walker River - in the Wovoka proposed wilderness (c) Kurt Kuznicki
East Walker River - in the Wovoka proposed wilderness (c) Kurt Kuznicki

 

Highland playa - in the Wovoka proposed wilderness (c) Kurt Kuznicki
Highland playa - in the Wovoka proposed wilderness (c) Kurt Kuznicki

 


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