Land Use Update – December 2018

Washoe County Lands Bill

According to Jamie Rodriguez, the Washoe County Management Analyst for Government Affairs(the coordinator), at the Nevada Mining and Exploration Coalition (NMEC) Annual Meeting, held September 9th at the Atlantis in Reno, the County is in the process of getting ready for another round of trying to create this lands bill.

At the meetings, held by Washoe County, on April 16th and 17th at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, it was very apparent that there was little support by the public for this bill which has two contentious components:

  • The Economic Component: This component is overwhelmingly opposed by the public who wish to keep growth at a minimum since growth greatly affects their lifestyle, the reason that they chose to live where they do. Concerns include loss of access to public lands for hiking, horseback, OHV, etc. Other concerns are traffic, public infrastructure (water, sewer, etc.), viewshed, etc.
  • The Wilderness Component: As of the last time we heard, the acreage of Wilderness to be created by the bill had been reduced from approximately 700,000 acres to 175,063 acres, which we worked hard to achieve and which raises the ire of the preservationist community (note that I refer to them as preservationists, not environmentalists, because we are the real environmentalists) who want to include a whole lot more “W” acreage in this bill.
As of today, we have no timetable for the release of new Wilderness maps by the county but continue to participate in coalitions with other stakeholder groups such as the mining industry, mineral exploration groups, the Nevada Farm Bureau, the Nevada Cattleman’s Association, sportsman’s organizations, many OHV user groups, as well as other interests.

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Prison Hill OHV Area Open House Meeting – May 2, 2018

N4WDA has been involved in the planning for the development of the Prison Hill OHV Area, located within Carson City, NV, since November, 2016.

Carson City Recreation & Open Space has applied for and received a grant from the Nevada Commission on Off Highway Vehicles (NCOHV) for the development of a management plan. Carson City has selected the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) to be the contractor for this development of the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan.

The following is an invitation to attend an open house and participate in the planning for this Management Plan.

Prison Hill Recreation Area: OHV Management Plan Project

Please join us for an Open House and discussion on the development of the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the project, offer feedback, and provide comments as we create a plan tailored for the OHV Community and the residents of Carson City.

Where:

Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Time: 6:00pm.

When: Monday, May 21st, 2018: OPEN HOUSE for the Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Management Plan.  All are encouraged to attend this meeting.  We are extending the invitation to the OHV Community, Residents, Adjacent Landowners, Businesses, and anyone interested in learning about the project.  We will be recording input and taking comments during this meeting. (Ponderosa Room).

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018: Prison Hill Recreation Area OHV Mgt. Plan Working Group – Our objective is to form a working group with one to two representatives from the landowners, PNMTA, 4×4, rock crawlers – etc, business, Carson City, and the NV Commission.  (Bonanza Room).

If you have any questions, please contact Marc Hildesheim, NOHVCC Project Manager, marc@nohvcc.org

N4WDA MEMBER CLUBS HELP OUT ON PNMTA CLEANUPS

On Saturday, May 14 th and Sunday, May 15 th , the Sierra Stompers and the Komstock Krawlerz, member clubs of the Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association, were out in force at the annual Pine Nut Mountains Trails Association cleanup.

The PNMTA is a group of off road bikers, atv enthusiasts and 4 wheelers that recreate in the Pine Nut Mountains Range and are also responsible stewards of these lands. N4WDA and PNMTA have a long-standing working relationship with such items as the Greater Sage-Grouse and the Nevada Commission on OHV.

The Saturday cleanup was held in the Johnson Lane/Sunrise Pass Road area in Carson Valley and the Sunday cleanup was held in the Pine Nut Road area south of Gardnerville. Each day many truckloads of trash from dumpsites and shooting sites was gathered and disposed of.

NCOHV Grants Awarded

The Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association, for the past two years, has been actively involved in the “rebirth” of the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles (NCOHV). We are pleased to present to you the following announcement from the NCOHV, which details the successful completion of the 1st grant cycle. There is enough money left undistributed in the grant fund to accommodate a 2nd grant cycle this year.

There were, if I am correct, a total of fourteen grant applications submitted using the grant guidelines. Several grant applications were dismissed out of hand because they clearly did not enhance OHV recreation in Nevada. Other applications were incomplete and the authors were invited to resubmit their grant applications with all of the information required by the grant guideline handbook. Finally, some grants were not approved because the organizations submitting them had asked for major amounts of money in the application, but had no “track record” to show the commission to support such an award. These applicants were advised to come back in the next grant cycle with a smaller project or equipment request and use this to establish this “track record”.

If your organization is recognized by the Nevada Secretary of State (you are not required to be a federal 501 (c) organization) and are interested in pursuing a OHV-related grant, please go to the NCOHV website, www.nvohv.com and download the grant application guide.

Larry

Click NEVADA COMMISSION ON OFF-HIGHWAY FIRST ROUND GRANTS ANNOUNCED 2016/1/19 to download the document.

Nevada Four Wheel Drive Association and Local 4×4 Clubs Clean Up El Dorado Canyon!

In this 25-minutes, see how much these volunteer four-wheelers value their trails and public lands. The clean-up began at 8 a.m. with a double-dumpster stop conclusion nearly twelve hours later! Two rusted motor vehicles and an abandoned projection screen television were among trash and human debris that filled a half-dozen trailers and pickup beds! El Dorado Canyon’s pristine, spring-fed creek feeds cottonwoods and other habitat at this high desert destination. Join the call to action!

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