King Lear Peak and Black Rock Point

What are National Conservation Lands?

The national strategy for National Conservation Areas is centered on science, education, interpretation and youth programs which is essential for the BLM to achieve its mission of sustaining health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands. Through learning, play and stewardship, people forge connections to their public lands finding personal inspiration.

Nevada has three National Conservation Areas with action plans which have been developed with partners who are active stewards and conservation leaders. The Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area has its own specific plan which will be updated annually by the Black Rock Field Office and partners like Friends of Black Rock High Rock.

2014 Field Level Action Plan for the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area:

Goal 1A Clearly Communicate that the conservation, protection and restoration on National ConservationLands values is the highest priority consistent with the legislation.

o Establish and operate Interpretive Camp highlighting BLM and the NCA at Burning Man

o Evaluate, revise and reprint, as necessary, brochures including NCA Map & Information brochure, Geology brochure, Soldier Meadows ACEC brochure, High Rock Canyon ACEC brochure, Playa brochure

o Develop new Applegate Trail brochure for distribution

o Noxious Weed Flyer, Brochure for Winnemucca District

o Publish Steven’s Camp Diaries

o Partners to provide outreach forums on a variety of conservation related topics

Goal 1B Expand understanding of conservation land values through assessment, inventory and monitoring.

o Inventory and update additional segments of the Applegate and Nobles Trails

o Monitor several miles of the Applegate and Nobles Trails

o Implement AIM protocol to monitor vegetation in the area of the Lost Fire –

Surprise Field Office

o Implement AIM protocol for landscape scale health assessment – Surprise Field Office

o Archeological site monitoring

o Wilderness and Wilderness Study Area monitoring

Goal 1C: Provide a scientific foundation for decision making.

o Complete a climate change project simulating water level changes on vegetation and wildlife

o Support on-going Burning Man ethnographic study by UNR

o Support on-going Spring Monitoring Project conducted with volunteers

o In concert with Great Basin Institute, continue to design and develop a research database that serves as a repository for data collected and analyzed. Information at this website portal will allow resource managers, university faculty, students and the public to access historical and present day land use plans, policies, and other relative information?

o Supporting UNR Sage grouse project in NCA – Surprise Field Office

o Paricipate in noxious and invasive weed monitoring program

Goal 1D:

o Continue to provide high-quality professional level field courses, linking the BLM and college/university students, faculty, staff, and young professionals in a way that will provide research opportunities for academia, while delivering applied science to the agency

o Develop Citizen science projects

o Develop a Mobile Field Station program to provide logistical support to university students, faculty and staff to facilitate field studies and research opportunities in remote environments?

Goal 1E: Protect Trail Remnants

o Protect trail remnants, especially segments of Class I ruts and other visible trail signs

o Seasonal closure of High Rock Canyon to protect raptor nesting, big horn sheep lambing and the National Historic Trail

Goal 1F: Manage Facilities for NLCS Values

o Continue to work with partners to staff and perform outreach efforts for Black Rock Station

o New signs on Highway for Black Rock Station

o Ongoing development of Friends of Black Rock Office/Visitor Center in Gerlach

Goal 2A: Collaboratively Managing the Conservation Lands as Part of the Larger Landscape

o Implement Regional AIM Project

Goal 2B: Adopt Cross Jurisdicational Approach

o Partner with CA BLM (Surprise FO) to most efficiently manage the NCA (currently working on Stevens Camp and Massacre Ranch projects with Surprise FO)

o Use Land & Water Conservation Fund dollars to acquire inholdings in the NCA

Goal 2C: Work with Groups to Protect Critical Resources

o Work with the community of Gerlach to implement restoration projects

o FOBR is developing relationship with Summit Lake Paiute Tribe regarding noxious and invasive weed monitoring ?

Goal 2D: Adopt Community Approach to Recreation and Visitor Services

o Utilize Black Rock Station to increase local presence in the gateway community of Gerlach

o Conduct an outcome-focused recreation management group study to facilitate the alignment of visitor and community preferences

Goal 3A: Launch long-term public awareness

o Hire interpretive staff for visitor contact station in Gerlach

Goal 3B: Advance and Strengthen Partnerships

o Continue to enhance community involvement in management of the NCA by utilizing the RAC NCA Subgroup as an information conduit between BLM and the group and interests they represent. This group may be supplemented by smaller focused workgroups, established by the RACs, to provide recommendations on short-term projects and technical issues

o Continue to conduct annual coordination meetings and monthly calls with partners

o Continue to manage multiple assistance agreements

o Surprise FO is establishing partnerships with FOBR and FNW

Goal 3C: Expand use of volunteers within the NLCS

o Yearly coordination with partnership groups such as Americorps to conduct outreach and joint projects in NCA and wilderness. Support volunteer activities, including citizen Spring Inventory, wilderness monitoring, wilderness rehabilitation, wilderness boundary signage

o Host the annual Black Rock Rendezvous event which celebrates the diversity of uses and history of the Black Rock Desert region while fostering stewardship through volunteer projects

o Host National Trails Day Event

o Host National Public Lands Day

o Develop BLM Black Rock Volunteer annual recognition award in conjunction with partner organizations at National Public Lands Day

Goal 3D: Engage the public in stewardship through education and interpretation

o Support volunteer activities conducted by Friends of Black Rock, High Rock Trekkers, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School Outdoor and Backcountry Horsemen

o Implement Artist in Residence Program

o Conduct outreach in conjunction with the 50th and the 150th

o Hold Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, ATV Safety and Wilderness First Aid Training.

Goal 3E: Recruit and Train Youth

o Work with partner organizations to recruit AmeriCorps and other interns

Goal 3F: Engage Youth in Outdoors

o Utilize the Mobile Field Station program to provide high-quality field courses to college-aged youth and young professionals interested in careers in the biological, physical, and social sciences and their applications to public land management?

o Black Rock NCA has become a Hands on the Land Site

o Nevada Outdoor School conducts class room environmental education and outdoor activities

o Nevada Outdoor School conducts “Kid’s Camp” at Black Rock special events.

o FOBR is teaching Gerlach students and leading field trips regarding science, monitoring and Leave No Trace ethics.

Goal 3G: Utilize Youth Groups to Provide Assistance

o Utilize Eagle Scouts to complete projects

o Provide outreach information at major outdoor retailers and community events

Goal 4A Increase Internal Communication and understanding regarding conservation lands Share National Conservation Lands Iinformation at an All Employee meeting and at one of the joint coordination meetings between the Black Rock and Surprise Field Offices

Goal 4C Clearly define, understand and justify staffing needs

o The NCA core staff relies on the expertise of other program specialists from the District Office.

2013 Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area Field Action Plan

Goal 1A

  •     Establish and operate Interpretive Camp highlighting BLM and the NCA at Burning Man.
  •     Reprint and revise, as necessary, brochures including NCA Map & Information brochure, Geology brochure, Soldier Meadows ACEC brochure, High Rock Canyon ACEC brochure.
  •     Develop new Applegate Trail brochure for distribution.

Goal 1B

  •     Complete a climate change project simulating water level changes on vegetation and wildlife.
  •     Support on-going Burning Man ethnographic study by UNR.
  •     Support on-going Spring Monitoring Project conducted with volunteers.
  •     In concert with Great Basin Institute, continue to design and develop a research database that serves as a repository for data collected and analyzed.
  • Information at this website portal will allow resource managers, university faculty, students and the public to access historical and present day land use plans, policies, and other relative information.

Goal 1C

  •     Continue to provide high-quality field courses, linking the BLM and college/university students, faculty, staff, and young professionals in a way that will provide research opportunities for academia, while delivering applied science to the agency.
  •     Develop a Mobile Field Station program to provide logistical support to university students, faculty and staff to facilitate field studies and research opportunities in remote environments.

Goal 1D

  • Continue to work with partners to staff and perform outreach efforts for Black Rock Station.

 

Goal 2A

  • Partner with CA BLM (Surprise FO) to most efficiently manage the NCA (currently working on Stevens Camp and Massacre Ranch projects with Surprise FO).
    Use Land & Water Conservation Fund dollars to acquire inholdings in the NCA.

Goal 2B

  • Work with the community of Gerlach, Nevada to implement restoration projects.

Goal 2C

  • Utilize Black Rock Station to increase local presence in the gateway community of Gerlach.
    Conduct an outcome-focused management group study to facilitate the alignment of visitor and community preferences.

 

Goal 3A

  • Hire interpretive staff for visitor contact station in Gerlach.

Goal 3B

  • Continue to enhance community involvement in management of the NCA by utilizing the RAC NCA Subgroup as an information conduit between BLM and the group and interests they represent. This group may be supplemented by smaller focused workgroups, established by the RACs, to provide recommendations on short-term projects and technical issues.
  • Continue to conduct annual coordination meetings and monthly calls with partners.
  • Continue to manage multiple assistance agreements

Goal 3C

  • Yearly coordination with partnership groups such as Americorps to conduct joint projects in NCA and wilderness. Support volunteer activities, including citizen Spring Inventory, wilderness monitoring, wilderness rehabilitation, wilderness boundary signage.
  • Continue to host the annual Black Rock Rendezvous event which celebrates the diversity of uses and history of the Black Rock Desert region while fostering stewardship through volunteer projects.

Goal 3D

  • Support volunteer activities conducted by Friends of Black Rock-High Rock; High Rock Trekkers at DoubleHot Springs; Restoration of cabin at Soldier Meadows with Friends of Nevada Wilderness; Nevada Outdoor School Outdoor Ethics program.

Goal 3E

  • Recruit AmeriCorps and other interns when necessary to complete project work as funding is available.

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