Reposted on behalf of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Sparks, Nevada. Sept. 23, 2014. The Nevada Land Trust and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is scheduled to celebrate the acquisition of two acres in the middle of Tahoe Meadows, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at the west end of Tahoe Meadows, on the north side of Mt. Rose Highway.
“If you’ve been here awhile, you know the area as Sheep Flat, and if not, as Tahoe Meadows,” Nevada Land Trust (NLT) Chair, said Karen Ross. “It’s a very special place to a lot of people and I'm pleased to announce that the heart of the Meadows has been safely delivered into public ownership through the U.S. Forest Service, and is now protected."
Tahoe Meadows is located 40 miles from downtown Reno, just over the Mt. Rose Highway Summit and is on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The popular area is well known to both winter and summer enthusiasts, with motorized use such as snowmobiling on the north side of the highway, and non-motorized activities, such as snow play, hiking, and biking on the south side of the highway.
Ross said that the partnership with Washoe County began back in 2004 to nominate the property for public acquisition. Unfortunately, a final agreement with the landowner was not reached until the owner called back a second time in 2010.
“We were able to move forward quickly this time," said Ross.
The NLT is Nevada's only independent nonprofit conservation land trust, and its offices are in Reno.
“This two-acre acquisition is where the watershed flows down into Ophir Creek and across the Meadows,” said Irene Davidson, Carson District Ranger. “This area sees tens of thousands of visitors per year, public will have total access to the Meadows with this parcel addition.”
"It really is the heart of the Meadows," Alicia Reban, Executive Director at Nevada Land Trust said. “The water flowing across the property supports an abundance of plants and wildlife. The remnants of the old sheepherder's cabin are here, as well as the start of the historic Ophir Flume from the Comstock era. Families have been gathering here for thousands of years.”
“The public was extremely concerned when a proposal was made in the past to build on this last parcel,” Washoe County Chairman, David Humke said. “I’m happy to announce the entire Tahoe Meadows, will now be protected and preserved for future Northern Nevadans to enjoy and that makes many of us in Washoe County very pleased.”
Funds for the project came from both public and private sources, including the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act Program, NV Energy Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, several other foundations and numerous individuals who responded generously to Nevada Land Trust's fundraising efforts on behalf of the project.
The public is invited to attend the celebration scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26. Please note that in the event the air quality is unhealthy, the event will be postponed for a later date.