Featuring mostly open pasture and scrubland, the 1,200-acre ranch also contains canyons, forests, streams and ponds that form a rich and diverse setting for a variety of year-round, seasonal and migrating species, including mule deer, mountain lion, black bear and dozens of bird species. Jacks Valley Ranch offers unobstructed views of the Sierra Front, inviting travelers along Jacks Valley Road to pull over and take in the stunning backdrop.

OUR ROLE

The Conservation Fund began working with the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Land Trust to preserve Jacks Valley Ranch and in 2017 purchased a conservation easement on the property from the Ascuaga family, who had owned the ranch for nearly 50 years. Using funds from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) the property will be transferred to the U.S. Forest Service with the added protection of a conservation easement.

Why This Project Matters

Jacks Valley Ranch sits in one of Nevada’s most iconic locations. As such, the area is seeing tremendous growth, making its natural resources increasingly vulnerable to impacts from prospective development. With Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to the west and Jacks Valley Wildlife Management Area to the east, the ranch creates an uninterrupted corridor for traveling wildlife and better habitat connectivity along the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada. Ranching activities will also continue on the property, which benefits the local economy and preserves the long-standing ranching traditions embedded in Nevada’s rich heritage.

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