The federal government has acquired part of an historic ranch east of Sparks in a deal that conservationists say will aid restoration work on the lower Truckee River.
The Bureau of Land Management purchased 128 acres of the 102
Ranch in a $500,000 deal funded through the Southern Nevada Public
Land Management Act, said Michael Cameron, desert rivers program
manager for The Nature Conservancy.
"The 102 Ranch is one of the three most critical reaches of the
lower river from a restoration standpoint," Cameron said. "This
is great news."
"We're thrilled," said Rick Wrobleski of Truckee River
Investors, which sold the land. "We feel this is important. We're
happy to work with the community."
The 1,800-acre 102 Ranch at Tracy will join the Mustang Ranch
and the McCarran Ranch, where U.S. Sen. Patrick McCarran was
raised, as a location for major river restoration.
Cameron said work along a two-mile stretch of river will begin
by the end of the decade and involve returning the river to a
natural, meandering state and replacing vegetation.
River restoration is scheduled to begin this summer at the
McCarran Ranch, which was purchased three years ago by the
conservancy. Similar work is should begin in 2008 at Mustang Ranch,
site of the former bordello once owned by infamous brothel boss Joe