Elk NetworkVolunteer Project Benefits Charred Nevada Landscape

Conservation | September 25, 2018

Public lands charred north of Elko in northeast Nevada by the South Sugarloaf Fire are again opened for hunters to access. The flames also burned across the Wildhorse Ranch landscape, Nevada’s newest conservation easement carried out by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

RMEF also hosted a volunteer project to replace approximately 20 miles of fencing destroyed in the fire.

“Our project (was) centered on pulling as much wire as we can off the dead posts and removing it from the ranch,” Les Smith, RMEF regional director, told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “This will hopefully give him (the rancher) a jump start on getting new fence in before winter. These fences are essential to keeping Borsini cattle where they belong and out of the reserve and riparian areas.”

The fire also destroyed three ranch structures, including its headquarters, as well as grazing and pasture lands.