Selenite Mountains Wilderness Study Area

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Wilderness Area Status: Proposed - Take Action NOW to protect the Selenite Mountains

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Acres: 32041
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Pershing   


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Winnemucca Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Area Description: The Selenite Mountains wilderness proposal is located in the northern portion of the Selenite Range in the far western extent of Pershing County. This area is bound by Highway 447 on thewest, Jungo Road on the north, and by ranching routes on the east and south. To the north of the area lies the sprawling Black Rock Desert. The west side is determined by remnant mining exploration efforts of U.S. Gypsum and recently abandoned Empire, Nevada. The small town of Gerlach, Nevada is a short distance to the north. The Selenite Mountains rise from 4,200 feet on the north end near the Black Rock Desert up- to 7,100 feet at Selenite Peak. .

Wildlife: Pronghorn are abundant in the area and occupy all but the highest extent of the Selenite Mountains wilderness proposal.
Although the area has limited use by mule deer the ridge provides adequate bighorn sheep habitat and nesting habitat for Golden Eagles and other birds of prey. The area has also been identified as general habitat for Greater Sagegrouse. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has installed guzzlers in the range to supplement Greater Sagegrouse and Chukar. The Selenite Range is within the general species range of
coyotes and mountain lions as well.

Recreation and Solitude: The Selenite Mountains proximity to Gerlach, Nevada makes this area a great recreational retreat for locals. Jungo Road is an often used link between Gerlach and Winnemucca, and motorized incursion is visible along the wilderness study area boundary. This area has been excluded from the wilderness proposal to preserve recreation interest and preserve the naturalness of the wilderness proposal. There is limitless opportunity for hiking and great views of sprawling desert playas and tall granite peaks all around. This area is on the route of the proposed National Desert Scenic Trail. Hunting is a popular recreational activity in the area; primarily for upland game birds and pronghorn.

The Selenite Mountains wilderness proposal area represents outstanding opportunity for exploration by rock-hounds and fossil hunters. 

Take Action: The proposed Selenite Mountains Wilderness is part of the seven proposed wilderness areas outlined in the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act. Sign the petition to gain permanent protection for the Selenite Mountains! Read more about the campaign here.