Thursday, July 27, 2006

Here is some info on a project in the Black Rock Desert conservation area in May.
On May, 6th and 7th 2006, about thirty volunteers, agency staff from the Friends of Nevada wilderness and the Nevada Conservation Corps, and the BLM, completed an educational program, outreach program and restoration project in the Black Rock Desert NCA Cassidy Mine Site north of Gerlach.
The project included; a full day of outreach and educational programs concerning the NCA, Desert travel, and upcoming opportunities for restoration projects. Saturday night the volunteers camped at the south end of the Black Rock Playa. On Sunday, eighteen of the volunteers traveled to the Cassidy Mine Site at the southwest end of the NCA. The mine site has been used since the turn of the century, and shows signs of use as a modern destination for OHV users. Recent trash and debris are mixed with historic artifacts in an area of approximately two square miles. Under the direction of Winnemucca District Archaeologist, Dave Valentine; the crew removed a large quantity of trash and approximately 100 plastic marker posts from expired mining claims.
A total of 225 volunteer hours were logged, in the completion of this project.

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