Tuesday, January 3, 2012

HQ ACTION ALERT - Send in Comments on NV Pine Nut NRA Designation - Due Jan. 6!

                                    Let's Designate this OHV site as a National Recreation Area!
OK you guys and gals, vacation is over and its time to hit trail access issues again. Our good friends over at the Pine Nut Mountains Trail Association have been working hard on a multi-faceted land-use proposal near Carson City, NV. It is what I call your newer 21st Century land bill that should have something in it for all interest groups.

Info on Douglas County Lands Bill

On the West side of Douglas County there is a proposal for watershed conservation-protection and on the East side is a Wilderness proposal. However, right in the middle is the popular Pine Nut Mountains where there is a lot of historic OHV recreation. Off-roaders also come from CA and OR to ride there.

PNMTA has come up with a proposal so that OHV recreation is protected by asking Congress to designate that site as a National Recreation Area where OHV use is a prescribed use. They are asking riders who frequent the area to contact Douglas County officials and the project’s facilitators. Yes, I FAXed and emailed in my letter already – it was easy.

SAMPLE LETTER (add your own personal information such as where you live, etc)

Douglas County Commission
PO Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
FAX: 775.782.6255

Dear Douglas County Commissioners,

I live in XYZ and enjoy riding OHVs in the Pine Nut Mountains. I support your efforts in creating the Douglas County Conservation Bill. I believe that a win-win land-use bill can be created by the Douglas County Commission. Douglas County can accomplish this by requesting the BLM Pine Nut Mountains Management Area be designated by Congress as a National Recreation Area.

Motorized OHV recreation should be a prescribed use based on the current existing road and trail network. Without this designation, I am concerned that a future Congressional Bill could enlarge the proposed Burbank Canyon Wilderness into the current OHV riding area

I believe this will permanently protect Douglas County’s reputation as a top quality outdoor recreation area. It will also provide long-term financial benefits to the local economy.

Best regards,

John Q OHVer


Send to:

Douglas County Lead
Lisa Granahan - lgranahan@co.douglas.nv.us

Dominique and Jacques are the contractors collecting the comments.


Douglas County Commissioners.
Gregg Lynn - glynn@co.douglas.nv.us
Lee Bonner - lbonner@co.douglas.nv.us
Doug Johnson - dougnjohnson@charter.net
Nancy McDermid - nmcdermid@co.douglas.nv.us
Mike Olson - molson@co.douglas.nv.us

Thanks for taking time to weigh in on this important issue.

Happy New Year!


  1. Don,
    Folks can also stay up to date on this issue by visiting our web site: http://www.pnmta.org.

    Pat Schmid
    Pres. PNMTA

  2. I have spoken to a few guys with Douglas county, attended the meetings and spoke with those guys again in December and even drove along with a guy who was GPS mapping the area for Douglas County to ensure that the roads will not be closed. I have access to a guy who has the maps that Douglas County is using if anyone is interested in seeing what roads will remain open. No one wants these roads to remain open more than I do. I've been driving and explored these roads my entire life.

  3. To ALL

    My email address is incorrect on this site and I have not been receiving your emails. I do respond to everyone in a timely fashion so if you have not received a response its due to the incorrect email address posted on this site.

    All the best to you,
    Commissioner Lee Bonner