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Details for Visiting Nevada Preserves

The Nature Conservancy's Preserves in Nevada
The Truckee River Restoration Project

The Basics:
-Approximately 10 river miles and over 600 acres protected along the Truckee River east of Reno.
-Active restoration work taking place on approximately 400 acres and 9 miles of river at 4 locations.
-McCarran Ranch, 102 Ranch, Lockwood Park, and Mustang Ranch.
-Restoration work to date includes the creation of 22 wetlands, 33 river riffle sections, and 8 new river bends.

Project Locations to visit:
Lockwood Park - Directions from Reno: Take 1-80 East to the Exit 22 (Lockwood - approximately 5 minutes outside of Sparks). Go right (South) off of exit onto Canyon Road and turn right again into Lockwood Park before you reach the bridge.

McCarran Ranch Preserve - The preserve is now open to the public from dawn until dusk daily. 

Independence Lake Preserve

The Basics:
- 2325 acres of land surrounding Independence Lake  purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 2010.
- Lake elevation of 6,950 feet.
- Located in the northern Sierra Nevada in California in the headwaters of the Truckee River.
- Surrounded by National Forest land.
- Supports the Reno and Sparks drinking water supply.

Click here for directions and information on visiting.

Carson River Project

The Basics:
- 805 acre nature preserve and working cattle ranch at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.
- Natural surface hiking and biking trail along two miles of the West Fork of the Carson River.
- Home of the Whit Hall Interpretive Center – A LEED certified showcase of energy saving technologies.

 Project Locations to Visit:
River Fork Rach Preseve - The preserve is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

Bently-Kirman Tract - Directions: From Carson City, go south on US 395 for approximately 8 miles.  Turn left at Stephanie Way and continue for approximately 1 mile.  Turn left at Heybourne Road and proceed approximately 1/2 mile.  Entrance to Bently-Kirman Tract trail system will be on your left.  Click here for a trail map.

The Amargosa River Project 

The Basics:
-Located in the Mojave Desert, the Amargosa River is roughly 125 miles long with most of its course underground. Wherever the river surfaces, ecologically rich oases  are created.
-The Nature Conservancy has been involved in conserving this area for almost 30 years.
-We are working with partners to restore a 12-mile expanse of springs, wetlands and riparian habitat in the Oasis Valley. In addition, work is being done to protect important areas at the southern end of this river system

Project Locations to visit:
Torrance Ranch - The preserve is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Other Places We've Helped Protect in Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Red Rock Canyon is one of the most popular destinations in Nevada for outdoor enthusiasts. The Nature Conservancy helped add 5,000 acres to this spectacular desert playground. Get more details and plan your visit.

Franklin Lake Wildlife Managment Area : Franklin Lake in the Ruby Valley is one of the top destinations in northeastern Nevada, particularly for fishermen and waterfowl hunters. The Nature Conservancy helped conserve nearly 10,000 acres of wetlands and upland habitat at Franklin Lake. Get more details and plan your visit.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge: Ash Meadows offers beauty and intrigue for desert adventure seekers as the largest and most diverse oasis on one of the world’s longest underground rivers. The Nature Conservancy helped prevent this 13,000-acre natural wonder from being turned into a subdivision. Get more details and plan your visit.

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