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Granite Range Proposed Wilderness

Wilderness Area Status

Citizen Proposed Area
Year Designated:

Act or Law:
Acres: about 100000
State Region: Northwest Nevada
County Regions: Washoe  Pershing 


Managing Agency: Bureau of Land Management
Local District: Winnemucca Field Office
Contact Info: (775) 623-1500
5100 East Winnemucca Blvd,  Winnemucca, NV 89445
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Area Description

The Granite Range provides some of the Black Rock Desert region's highest wilderness values. It is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife, including: California bighorn sheep, sage grouse, mule deer and antelope. These, and other, species are supported by wet upland meadows that harbor lush native grasses, creeks, springs and ponds.

The Granite Range is a vital link in the rich conservation biology chain that currently runs from the Sheldon Refuge in the north down through all the wilderness and NCA areas of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon and south to Poodle Mountain, Dry Valley Rim, Twin Peaks and Buffalo Hills.

Vistas from this range are immense and it certainly is a part of the viewsheds from the historic California emigrant trails.


Lush, green upland basin in the Granite Range.  (c) Mike McCurry


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