70°F
weather icon Clear

Novel deal protects habitat, mining jobs near Lovelock

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that Coeur Rochester, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coeur Mining, Inc., and Crawford Cattle, LLC have entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to protect critical sagebrush habitat in Nevada while ensuring continued environmentally sensitive and sustainable mining practices.

Under Nevada’s sagebrush ecosystem conservation program, the Conservation Credit System, Coeur Rochester will provide full funding to preserve and enhance more than 3,000 acres of vital greater sage-grouse habitat in Elko and Humboldt counties. This is the first project agreement established between a mine operator and a private landowner to secure conservation credits under Nevada’s CCS to protect sage-grouse habitat and overseen by the stakeholder-driven Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.

The habitat conservation project is designed to mitigate and offset environmental impacts related to Coeur Rochester’s mining activities near Lovelock while achieving net conservation gains for sagebrush species. ​The project includes monitoring and maintaining existing sagebrush ecosystems, enhancing brood-rearing and nesting habitats and other important conservation work for the next 30 years. The project will support healthy habitats for other native wildlife species, including the Lahontan cutthroat trout, mule deer and more.

“This landmark agreement between Coeur Rochester and Crawford Ranch underscores how environmental stewardship and a thriving economy go hand-in-hand,” said Bradley Crowell, director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Because of the vastness and critical importance of Nevada’s sagebrush ecosystem, the partnership and collaboration of landowners and industry are key to protecting the environment while allowing for multiple use.

“I applaud the commitment of Crawford Ranch and Coeur Rochester on this excellent achievement that perfectly exemplifies how landowners and mining can be partners in protecting this valuable ecosystem.”

“We applaud the great work of Governor Sisolak, the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Bureau of Land Management, Crawford Ranch and our employees to preserve greater sage-grouse and wildlife habitats in Nevada,” said Mitchell J. Krebs, Coeur Mining’s president and CEO. “Extension of the mine life at Rochester allows us to proudly employ Nevadans for years to come while continuing to care for Nevada’s lands and environment.”

“We are grateful for the tremendous efforts of all our project partners: Coeur Rochester, the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council, the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Program and Robert Veldman with KCOE Conservation,” said Shane Hall, Crawford Ranch operations manager. “In our family-owned and operated ranch, our vision is to blend traditional values with progressive teamwork and reliable habitat stewardship.

“Crawford Ranch focuses on balanced land management and responsible grazing in providing food for our country. We are grateful that this project has been a part of reaching toward that vision.”

Sage grouse are chicken-sized, ground-dwelling birds considered an “indicator species” for the health of sagebrush ecosystems in the West, which support more than 350 species of wildlife. The CCS, as part of Nevada’s overall sagebrush ecosystem plan, is a Nevada-specific approach that allows the state to manage its wildlife species through private and public arrangements to protect and enhance habitats.

It is a performance-driven and market-based mechanism that provides regulatory certainty for both mining and landowners without prohibitive regulations. The CCS is a program that provides incentives for private landowners to carry out sage-grouse habitat improvements through the award of “conservation credits” that are quantified based on the ecological value of the habitat improvements.

Those conservation credits can be sold to industry to offset habitat impacts and ensure a net conservation gain. The partnership between landowners and industry is vital to protecting critical habitat while providing for multiple uses in the sagebrush ecosystem.

Learn more at sagebrusheco.nv.gov

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Groundwater levies in Nye County raise questions, again

It was like an echo of a former discussion when, during their most recent meeting, Nye County commissioners addressed two agenda items relating to groundwater levies to be assessed for the purposes of helping to fund Nevada Division of Water Resources and the Nevada State Engineer’s Office’s annual activities.

Former commissioner Wichman tapped for Nye County job

Former Nye County Commissioner Lorinda Wichman said farewell to county government at the beginning of 2020, having served a full 12 years as county commissioner but now, just over a year after her departure, she is ready to jump back into the government sector, this time as an employee rather than as an elected official.

Great Basin College helps feed the community

In life, there are several very basic needs, things that one must have in order to not just survive but to thrive, and one of those needs is sustenance. Sadly, however, there are thousands of people all across the local community who struggle with food insecurity each day.

Earth Day 2021 set for Ian Deutch park in Pahrump

After being forced to take a year off in 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic, organizers of the Pahrump Valley’s annual Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities are ready to get back into the events scene and the 2021 celebration is set to take place in just one week’s time.

Nye slated poorest county in state

Nye County is the poorest in Nevada, according to the data from the 24/7 Wall St.

UNLV students prepare for solar competition

UNLV students were racing to put the finishing touches on Mojave Bloom, a 628-square-foot home they’ve built from scratch for the U.S. Department of Energy’s international 2020 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge. The biennial contest challenges colleges worldwide to design, construct and operate homes powered by renewable energy.

Noisy fire in Beatty

It was risky business for the Beatty Fire Department, as they responded to a mobile home fire just before 3 a.m. Thursday, April 8, in the 500 block of West Watson.

Sunday marks World Amateur Radio Day

World Amateur Radio Day is Sunday, April 18, the anniversary of the day in 1925 when the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Letters to the Editor

Former Soviet leader’s words ringing true 60 years later