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The Art of Washoe Valley Protection

By Becky Stock / June 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Friday, June 7, Nevada Land Trust staff and friends wrapped up the hottest period to date at the beautiful and tranquil Greil Ranch in Washoe Valley.  The Greil Ranch is the site of Nevada Land Trust’s very first conservation easement, but it also represents the first Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm & Ranch Land Protection Program (FRPP) funded project in Nevada!

The purpose of my visit was to monitor the status of the conservation easement and confirm the health of the conservation values the easement was written to protect.  It was a hot day to hike 114 acres with steep easement boundaries, but knowing there was a chair reserved under the shady sycamores was strong motivation for me to finish the job. 

While I was walking the easement’s hilly slopes, six local artist were capturing the essence of the Greil Ranch on film, with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and oils for our July 19-21 Art of Conservation event at Rancho San Rafael Park.  One benefit of relaxing under the trees near the historic ranch house was the opportunity to watch Erik Holland capture the original Greil home from the 1930s in oil paint.  I was thoroughly entertained!

Soon it was time for a bike ride with five NLT supporters to visit another amazing Washoe Valley conservation easement owned by the Rusk family and located next to Washoe County’s Wilson Commons Park.  Mr. Rusk rode with us to convey the easement process and the family’s inspiration to protect this very special place.  We finished the ride with a cool pedal along Franktown Road and back along the shores of Washoe Lake.  NLT is fortunate to have such a wonderful family of projects and supporters!


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