Successful $12.4 M Easement Nomination
RCI recently completed a Biological Assessment for the Jacks Valley Ranch located north of Genoa, NV at the base of the spectacular Carson Range. The assessment was included as part of a successful $12.4 M easement nomination package for funding to secure a conservation easement on the Ranch.
Maintaining Open Space and Conserving Wildlife
More than 1,230 acres of conservation easement on Jacks Valley Ranch has been recommended for purchase to preserve environmentally sensitive land. The easement will ensure that the historic Ranch remains active and managed in a way that conserves wildlife, maintains open space and benefits the Carson Valley and surrounding communities. RCI was proud to be part of the Team that helped make this happen.
Jacks Valley Ranch – Irrigated Pastures, Ponds & Wetlands, Conifer Forest, Sage and Bitter Brush
Jacks Valley Ranch is home to 737 acres of irrigated pastures, six acres of ponds and wetlands, 377 acres of mixed conifer forest and 111 acres of sage and bitter brush. The property is home to a variety of wild species, including black bear, mule deer and mountain lions.
The services RCI provided included information to support a Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Round 16 Nomination Package for Acquisition of Environmentally Sensitive Land and Interest in Land specific to the Jacks Valley Ranch located in Douglas County, Nevada. RCI developed a series of maps utilizing the NRCS Web Soil Survey for soils and ecological sites located on the property.
In addition, RCI obtained SWReGAP vegetation data and Synthesis Map data from the Nevada National Heritage Project. SWReGAP Ecological Systems were grouped consistent with the Nevada Wildlife Action Plan in order to develop Key Habitat mapping for the Ranch. RCI also conducted a cursory site visit of the Jacks Valley Ranch, including personal coordination with the current owner, John Ascuaga.
Benefits to the Environment and Economy
Ranching will continue on the property, which was nominated by The Conservation Fund and the Nevada Land Trust. This project will not only benefit the environment, but will also benefit the economy.