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A wonderful gift

Barbara Beans, Gardnerville


I wanted to write a thank you to Bill and Judy Sturgis for their dedication to the wilderness and wildlife of their ranch by putting it into a conservation easement. I also commend them for their energy and money to help, along with The Nature Conservancy, to purchase and protect the River Fork Ranch. With their foresight, they are also protecting our watershed and helping to preserve the beauty of Carson Valley. A wonderful gift to “us,” the community; an area of beauty to behold for the remainder of our lives and those of our children and grandchildren.

I would also like to thank John Singlaub, district manager of the Bureau of Land Management, and David and Kathi Hussman for persevering to get their ranch into a conservation easement. Even though the open space initiative was turned down, I agree with Singlaub and the Hussmans; it was more of an anti-tax reaction than anti-open space. These people demonstrate great tenacity toward a program that is a win-win situation for all – the land, the wildlife and the people of Douglas County.

Wallace Stegner said it best. “We simply need that wild country made available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”