Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Protecting the Galena Creek Rock Cress

On Saturday September 27th, Friends of Nevada Wilderness in cooperation with the Hill’s Angels 4X4 Club and the U.S. Forest Service performed a route restoration as well as protected a population of Galena Creek Rock Cress along Garson Road in the Mt. Rose Wilderness. 1 mile northwest of Hunter Lake Friends worked on a route trespass that had been obliterated a couple years ago on a previous project, but since then a new trespass had been created next to the old one.
The Galena Creek Rock Cress is an endangered species (found only in the Carson Range) and a group exists on the edge of the road up to Hunter Lake. The team of volunteers buried rocks in a semi-circular ring to create a natural barrier so that motorists will not inadvertently hit them. 6 volunteers braved the rocky Garson Road to get to the project. The project lasted 8 hours due to traveling the rough route and 54 hours were recorded for the project.