LANDSCOPE: Sen. Bryan Introduces Bill to Protect Black Rock Desert

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Subject: LANDSCOPE: Sen. Bryan Introduces Bill to Protect Black Rock  Desert

LANDSCOPE: News and Views from American Lands - April 10, 2000

Sen. Bryan Introduces Bill to Protect Black Rock Desert

Senator Richard Bryan (D-NV), recently introduced legislation to create a
690,000-acre National Conservation Area for the Black Rock Desert and High
Rock Canyon region of northwestern Nevada.  The Black Rock/High Rock region
contains vast canyons, huge playas, rugged mountains, and herds of big horn
sheep and pronghorn. The Applegate-Lassen Emigrant Trail running through the
heart of the Black Rock and High Rock region played a pivotal role during
the western migration and California Gold Rush.  Here as no where else in
America can we experience a landscape largely unchanged in 150 years.  "This
is one of the epic human migrations," Senator Bryan said of the trail.  "My
generation has seen it. It's more important for future generations to see
it."  Senator Bryan has also included wilderness designations within his
legislation, though has not indicated the acreage as of yet.  

. . . The conservation community thanks Sen. Bryan for taking the lead to
protect the Black Rock Desert and is encouraging the Senator to incorporate
the larger Citizens' Proposal that would ensure protection of all Wilderness
quality lands.  The 1.6 million acre Citizens' Proposal for the Black
Rock-High Rock American Heritage National Conservation Area includes 11
Wilderness Study Areas, and two proposed areas all within the boundaries of
the National Conservation Area.  For more information contact: Anne Martin,
Nevada and American Lands' Southwest Organizer at
mailto:annem at, or 702-650-6542.

22nd Annual High Desert Conference, April 27-30: Join desert wilderness
advocates at Malheur Field Station south of Burns, Oregon for three days of
field trips, slide shows, workshops, and great speakers.  Presenters include
Ellen Meloy, Levi Holt, Scott Groene, Kathryn Brigham, Mark Salvo, Anne
Martin and George Wuerthner, plus contra dancing with 18 Degrees Plato.  For
more information, please contact Gelly Lyons at the Oregon Natural Desert
Association, 503/525-0193 or mailto:glyons at

Motorcycle Club Wants Environmentalists Thrown Off Land Committee: The
Lassen Motorcycle Club in Northern California has asked the BLM to remove
environmentalists from land use discussions of the Technical Review Team.
In March, the Klamath Forest Alliance and Shasta Group Sierra Club
challenged the Fort Sage Hare Scramble ORV Race because organizers had been
granted a permit to operate the race without the required 30 day public
comment period, and the starting point had been changed without
environmental review.  In response to the environmentalists complaints, the
BLM made race organizers move the race back to its original starting point.
Two hundred riders competed in the race, which churns up the fragile Fort
Sage Mountains.  For more information, contact Kyle Haines at the Klamath
Forest Alliance, 530/467-5405, mailto:klamath at

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American Lands 
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