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7J Ranch Preserve 7J Ranch Preserve at the headwaters of the Amargosa River © Chip Carroon/TNC

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The Nature Conservancy in Nevada Welcomes Matthew Rader as Amargosa River Project Manager

Rader will lead the chapter’s conservation work in the Oasis Valley

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Matthew Rader Matthew Rader, Amargosa River Project Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada © Courtesy Matthew Rader

After a competitive search, The Nature Conservancy in Nevada (TNC) has recently named Matthew Rader as its new Amargosa River Project Manager.

Rader began his work with the chapter on February 14 and will be based in Beatty, where he has resided for the past three years. Rader grew up in Pahrump and earned his degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His breadth of work experiences and diverse skill sets made him a standout choice for the role. Most recently, Rader worked as the Restoration Biologist leading restoration of the Willow Fire site on the China Ranch Date Farm in Tecopa, California. Prior to that he worked for three years as a Forestry  Technician with the Diamond Mountain Hotshots, serving as a senior lead firefighter. Among his other experiences, he has also worked with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and Elko Bureau of Land Management Fire District. He also volunteered extensively with TNC in the Oasis Valley prior to being hired in his current role.

“I am sincerely excited to have Matt join our team,” said Mickey Hazelwood, Strategy Director for Protection and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. “He has an inspiring passion for conservation and for preserving the biodiversity of the Amargosa River Basin, a special place that is so important for people and nature.”

The Nature Conservancy has been working to protect the Amargosa River since the 1970s, when it helped negotiate the purchase that became Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a biodiversity hotspot that is home to the largest concentrated number of endemic species in the United States. Since then, TNC has protected more than 18,000 acres through land acquisitions and conservation easements, including the most recent purchase of the river’s headwaters at 7J Ranch Preserve in 2019.

The Nature Conservancy has been working in Nevada for 38 years and its work in the state is focused on three initiatives: Resilient Lands, Resilient Waters and Climate Action. TNC’s history of conservation accomplishments in Nevada includes protecting 5,000 acres at Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, restoring 11 miles of the Truckee River, and guiding restoration efforts to support sage-grouse and Nevada’s economy.    

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