The Wildhorse Ranch Project in northeast Nevada is a two-birds-with-one-stone conservation success story.
Not only does the collaborative effort permanently protect the wildlife values of 4,500 acres of important habitat but it also improves access to nearly 19,000 acres of adjacent public land.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with a conservation-minded landowner, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service to make it happen.
The property is some 70 miles north of Elko within the Owyhee River watershed and provides key year-round habitat and summer range for elk, mule deer, antelope, greater sage grouse and other species.
An agreement with the landowner allows public hunters to access the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands that border the ranch.
Opening and improving public access lies at the heart of RMEF’s conservation mission.
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