How the US Forest Service has protected South Mountain for generations

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The South Mountain reservation in Nevada is one of only a few federal lands that have been protected for generations.

The US Forest and Wildlife Service (USFS) has protected the area since the mid-19th century, but it’s been under attack from the likes of the Bundy family and ranchers in the past decade.

In 2017, the Trump administration issued an order to cut federal funding for the park. 

 Now, as the federal government struggles to balance the needs of conservation with the economic boom, the agency is taking another stab at protecting the wilderness. 

The Nevada National Monument is an 18.3 million-acre area, which covers roughly half of the state. 

It was designated as the nation’s first national monument in September of 1877, and its original name was the Nevada Mountain National Monument. 

Now in the late 20th century the name has been changed to the South Mountain Reservation. 

According to the USFS, the area is a natural resource that provides access to a variety of wildlife and is home to the largest number of federally protected species on the planet. 

Its a place of refuge for thousands of people, many of whom come to enjoy its spectacular landscapes. 

Since its designation, the reservation has seen some changes to protect the environment. 

In 2017, President Trump signed an order directing the Forest Service to protect it, and it’s now up to the Trump Administration to make the final decisions on what to do with the land. 

“The president’s decision today is a strong affirmation of the importance of this area to the people of Nevada and the American people,” said USFS Director Dan Ashe. 

This will not affect any current or future construction or activities at the park, and will not impact current and future hunting or recreational opportunities in the area. 

But it will affect future development and activity in the park if the Trump order is implemented. 

As a result, the Forest Services will be taking a “road map” approach to determine what can be done. 

They’re asking the public to submit comments, and the public can weigh in on how they feel about the current management of the area, as well as how it will be managed in the future. 

For example, if a group is concerned about habitat loss and fragmentation, it can submit suggestions to preserve habitat or to help with a potential project that could result in new development or land acquisition. 

At the end of the day, the decision will be made by the Forest service. 

One of the key issues that will be discussed will be how to keep the park intact and healthy, and to help preserve its natural resources. 

Here are a few of the options that the Forest has already taken: 1. 

Establish an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)  The Forest has done extensive environmental assessments on the area to date.

 An EIS is a document that outlines what needs to be done to ensure the park is preserved.

It’s not the only option, though, and there are many other ways the Forest can work with the public. 


Develop a Master Plan The Forest Service can also work with local stakeholders to develop a master plan that will address the needs and concerns of the community. 


Make a Conservation Plan The conservation plan could include suggestions for how the Forest and the private sector can work together to preserve and protect the natural resources of the park and its surrounding region. 


Invest in and Develop a National Park Management System The federal government can use its resources to fund projects and services that can help preserve and restore ecosystems, while also ensuring that the land is protected for future generations.


Implement a Wildlife Management Plan The Forest Service could use its funding to develop an extensive plan to manage wildlife on the reservation. 


Ensure that the National Park System remains in its proper place The National Park Service is currently considering a plan to move the National Monument from its current location in New Mexico to another location, potentially in Utah.


Use National Monument Management Grants to help fund conservation projects and programs  The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPA) grants that have already been awarded to conservation projects can be used to fund programs and services in the wilderness that can benefit the people and the environment of the United States.


Take a Lead on a Conservation and Land Use Plan A national park can have a direct impact on the way the land around it functions, and many national parks and monuments are already taking a lead on conservation efforts. 


Create a Conservation Strategy The USFS has developed a comprehensive plan to guide its efforts on conservation. 


Assign a Land Use Consultant The government can also designate a Land Usage Consultant to help coordinate land use plans. 


Support the Conservation of Wildlife on the Reservation  This could