Conservation easement obtained in Washoe Valley |

Conservation easement obtained in Washoe Valley

Staff Reports

Thousands of Nevada residents and visitors drive between Reno and Carson City daily. Thanks to the

Rusk Family part of Washoe Valley drive will remain undeveloped in perpetuity through Nevada Land Conservancy’s acquisition of a conservation easement.

The Rusk family has made the commitment to protect their land that borders both the Washoe County Wilson Commons Park and Highway 395 through a 45 acre conservation easement. A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement that limits future development while protecting a property’s ecological or open-space values.

Thanks to funding from the voter-approved Nevada Division of State Lands Conservation and Resource Protection Grant Program, also known as “Question One” and the Farm & Ranchland

Protection Program, administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Rusk land

will be maintained as productive ranchland and open space. Each program provided 50 percent of

the fair market easement value to keep the land in agricultural use.

In addition to agriculture a variety of wildlife depend on the open spaces and lush habitat provided by

the Rusk Ranch. Washoe Valley is important habitat for more than 215 bird species that depend on

Washoe Valley’s wet meadow and grassland habitat that extend onto the Rusk Ranch.