The National Conservations Lands system has some new local additions. Basin and Range National Monument was established by President Obama today along with Berryessa Snow Mountain in Northern California and Waco Mammoth in Texas.
Basin and Range is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas and spans Coal and Garden Valleys along with much of the Golden Gate, Worthington and Seaman Ranges. It's a shot at conserving not just one small portion of an ecosystem but more of a connected whole that should help protect species as they migrate and adapt to different areas in response to changes in climate.
Like Sloan Canyon NCA Basin and Range is rich in cultural history with rock art sites scatters throughout the area, including well known sites in both the Mt. Irish and White River Narrows Archeological Districts. It's also the home of City, a monumental work of art created by Michael Heizer over the past 40+ years. City is 1.25 miles long and .25 mile wide, roughly the size of the Washington DC's National Mall, and consists of a series of complexes reflecting aspects of both ancient architecture and modern technology.
You can find out more about Basin and Range National Monument with tips on visiting at Jim Boone's Bird and Hike website.
Welcome Basin and Range National Monument!
Looking for a trail in your neighborhood? The Friends of Sloan Canyon has been part of efforts to promote trail use in our jurisdiction for many years. We are excited to let everyone know about a recently launched mobile app called Neon to Nature that can help Southern Nevadans connect to walking, biking and park trails. The Neon to Nature app is free and can be downloaded through the App Store for iOS devices or from Google Play for Android. Find detailed information about each trail such as its location, distance, level of difficulty as well as photos and available amenities. We encourage everyone to download the app and explore trails that are in your neighborhood! For additional information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County website: www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.
With an increase in general visitation at Sloan Canyon NCA and work underway on the access road and contact station south of the Inspirada community Friends of Sloan Canyon will be scouring the metro Las Vegas area this summer looking for people willing to volunteer their time supporting our group's primary projects and initiatives.
Do you spend significant time on Sloan's trail system? Whether you move with shoes, pedals or hooves you can make a difference by joining our trail monitoring team. Reporting conditions in the NCA helps BLM deal with issues such as graffiti, trash dumping and trail erosion.
As issues are reported we'll be working with BLM to get maintenance crews out to repair trails, place signage, restore damaged habitat and generally keep the NCA's infrastructure in good shape.
If the natural beauty, science and community surrounding Sloan Canyon NCA appeals to you more than hitting the trails you're welcome to join us in our outreach and education efforts! We're always looking for people to help organize events & meetups, exhibit at places like farmers markets & community events and educate people of all ages on the natural and geologic wonders of our local National Conservation Area.
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of your National Conservation Lands system the Bureau of Land Management is in the process of redoing the websites for all of the system's units including Sloan Canyon NCA. This refresh includes new online maps available now! There are both interactive and printable versions available, and they work great on mobile devices.