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Nevada Protects 3,800 Acres in Conservation Deal

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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Thousands of acres of ranchland along a scenic river in southern Douglas County will be protected under a conservation easement.
 
A deal announced last week preserves about 3,800 acres of the Fairfield Ranch, a move conservationists and land managers say will protect critical sage grouse habitat and the area's natural values.
 
Ranch owners Alan and Cindy Horn donated the conservation easement along with a stewardship endowment to The Nature Conservancy.
 
The Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/LZHXaV) reports the deal was four years in the making and involved talks with the Horns, the conservancy and state and federal agencies.
 
Part of the ranch straddles nearly 3 miles of the West Walker River and is considered vital habitat for a distinct subspecies of sage grouse that lives only along the Nevada-California line.

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