100°F
weather icon Clear

Closure in Lovell Canyon extended for additional year south of Pahrump

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has extended the temporary emergency shooting closure in Lovell Canyon for an additional year, officials announced.

The extended closure will allow the U.S. Forest Service to go through a formal decision-making process to determine what dispersed recreation activities are appropriate in Lovell Canyon and how they can best be managed, the Forest Service said in its announcement earlier this month.

The closure area includes approximately 32,000 acres on both sides of Forest Service Road 45537/Lovell Canyon Road.

“During the second year of the temporary shooting closure, the SMNRA will be soliciting public input and begin creating a long-term plan for the management of dispersed multi-use recreation in Lovell Canyon,” area manager Donn Christiansen said in a statement.

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area plans to hold two public meetings in 2018 to gather input from the public on what recreation opportunities they would like to see in Lovell Canyon.

One meeting will take place in Pahrump and another in Las Vegas.

Following the public meetings, an interdisciplinary team will analyze the public input and develop a proposed action for managing dispersed recreation. Forest Service officials expect the planning and implementation efforts to be a multi-year process.

The first year of the temporary emergency shooting closure focused on cleaning and rehabilitating the landscape. Since the initial closure, the Forest Service along with nonprofit, local, state, and federal partners have conducted three cleanup efforts in Lovell Canyon.

Each of the cleanups have had over 100 participants from organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, Pahrump Valley 4-Wheelers, Project Sunshine – Camp Heart &Soul, Republic Services, Save Lovell Canyon, Save Red Rock, Sierra Club, and Spring Mountain Free Trappers.

The cleanup efforts produced seven 40 yard dumpsters full of trash that has been removed from the area.

“The damage caused by irresponsible shooting activities to Lovell Canyon was much more extensive than we expected,” Christiansen said. “So, additional clean-up and restoration efforts are still needed. The extended temporary emergency closure will also help to ensure the safety of SMNRA (Spring Mountains National Recreation Area) employees and volunteers as they continue to restore the canyon back to its natural healthy state.”

Christiansen added that the temporary shooting closure does not prevent licensed hunters from hunting in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations and does not limit a person’s ability to carry or possess a legal firearm.

For anyone who would like to help with ongoing cleanup efforts in Lovell Canyon or have questions about the temporary emergency shooting closure or the planning process, contact Donn Christiansen at 702-515-5448 or dchristiansen@fs.fed.us

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
DMV extends renewal deadlines to Sept. 13

Because of office closures for the health and safety of customers and staff, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has issued an automatic extension of all DMV-issued documents that have an expiration date between March 12 and July 15.

Extension’s summer series turns to bookkeeping matters

With small businesses scrambling to adapt amid COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering a town hall this Wednesday where economic and business experts and small business owners will talk about the newest challenges small businesses are facing during this phase of the pandemic.

Extension’s summer series turns to bookkeeping matters

With small businesses scrambling to adapt amid COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering a town hall this Wednesday where economic and business experts and small business owners will talk about the newest challenges small businesses are facing during this phase of the pandemic.

Report: Thousands at risk of eviction by September

A report from the nonpartisan research group The Guinn Center suggests that between 272,000 and 327,000 Nevadans could face eviction by September after protections enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic expire.

New face to join Nye County Water District Governing Board

For anyone who has been following the water issues in Nye County over the years, it is no secret that the Nye County Water District and its associated governing board are sources of contention and fierce debate among not just the public but the members of the Nye County Commission as well.