NDOW Nominates Nevada Ranch for National Award

Based on a nomination by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the Maggie Creek Ranch (MCR) in Elko was recently honored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) with its annual National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award.

 “While we don’t do what we do for awards, it is still nice to have your hard work recognized by an organization like AFWA,” said Louise Klarr, chairman of the Maggie Creek Ranch. “We manage our land for cattle, but often what is good for cattle is also good for wildlife and vice-versa. My family was raised hunting and fishing, so we have a lot of respect for the land and we have always believed that well managed land provides a lot of great habitat for everybody.” 

The annual award recognizes the contributions of private farms, ranches and forestlands to conserve the nation's fish and wildlife resources and was officially presented to Klarr, Ranch Manager Jon Griggs and the Maggie Creek Ranch LP. 

While running a successful cattle ranch, MCR also partnered with several federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to develop and implement projects that have enhanced habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife including the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Greater sage-grouse and the Columbia spotted frog. The list of partners for the Maggie Creek Ranch includes the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Sagebrush Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  

“We nominated Maggie Creek Ranch because of their continued demonstrated commitment. They have been partnering with NDOW and other agencies to help Nevada’s wildlife and habitat for more than 25 years,” said Tony Wasley, Director for NDOW. “This is who they are. They genuinely care about Nevada and its wildlife and are always willing to step up.” 

A list of some of the crucial projects that MCR has participated in includes: 

  • irrigation/fish passage structures,
  • enhancing and protecting spring and wetland habitats for Columbia spotted frogs,
  • developing solar wells to help distribute water in dry areas of the ranch,
  • installing wildlife escape ramps in troughs and other water developments,
  • constructing reservoirs for waterfowl habitat and engineer sloughs downstream for sediment filtering,
  • post-fire rehabilitation and reseeding, and
  • range improvement projects (i.e., seeding native grasses and forbs)

This is not the first time the MCR has been recognized for its continued dedication to Nevada's wildlife with the ranch being the recipient of several awards including the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award from the NRCS, USFWS- NCRS, National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. 

“We here at the Nevada Cattlemen's Association are very proud of the work that has, and will be carried out by our friends at Maggie Creek," said David Stix, president of the Nevada Cattlemen's Association. "In this day and age it is extremely hard to convey and convince the public about the important role the livestock industry plays in ensuring that our environment is taken well care of for all future generations. Jon Griggs and all the folks at Maggie Creek have done their job as good stewards to achieve a balance and secure a future and we are glad to see NDOW nominate them.” 

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