IFT - Ponderosa/Bullwheel land
The Ponderosa Ranch is on track to complete the donation of land which part of the trail and the Bullwheel sit on to a non-profit organization by the end of 2015. The USFS has also started the process in motion to examine the property and to likely become the eventual landowner. This will clear the way to have the whole trail on public property and do much needed trail improvements to prevent erosion in that area.
IFT - Environmental studies going well, more funds needed
The first year of wildlife study is complete for the two species required - the Northern Goshawk and California Spotted Owl. We funded some of this through a consultant, but we were also assisted by NDOW (NV Dept of Wildlife). This past summer NDOW was able to add our project area to other survey work underway. Huge thanks to NDOW - they saved us considerable funds and sped up our timetable to complete these requirements.
Funds are still needed to repeat the Spotted Owl survey and accomplish the botany study next spring and summer - about $12,000...every donation helps!