Ely, Nevada...the best place to be for the holidays!
Above photo by Jeanne Bencich Nations : "Antelope Valley HMA, wild horses are in healthy condition going into Winter. These magnificent free roaming horses were on a hillside peacefully grazing!" — at Ely, Nevada .
Jeanne is a freelance photographer and contributing photographer for the New York World Magazine. She is a wild horse advocate and the founder/administrator for “Photographers for the Preservation of Wild Horses and Burros.”
Above: "Galloping Thunder" by Jeanne Bencich Nations. To see more of her work visit her web site at pixels.com/profiles/jeanne-nations.html
ANTELOPE VALLEY HMA
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In the Antelope Valley HMA, horses have been part of the range environment in the Great Basin since contemporary livestock grazing began in the mid 1800‘s. The wild horses in the Antelope Valley HMA are descendants from horses used by homesteaders, ranchers and miners. There is some evidence the Army Remount Service was active in at least part of the area during the early 1900‘s to the early 1940‘s. The dominant colors are bay, sorrel, black, brown, buckskin, gray and dun.
Location: The Antelope Valley Herd Management Area (HMA) is located approximately 52 miles south of Wells. It is 46 miles wide at its widest point and 26 miles long. The highest point is High Peak Mountain at 9,258 feet in elevation and the lowest points are found in the valley bottoms and ranges around 5,000 feet.
Size: The area consists of 496,356 acres of BLM land and 6,553 acres of a mix of private and other public lands for a total of 502,909 acres.
Topography/Vegetation: This region is located in the Great Basin which is one of the largest deserts in the world. The Great Basin is effectively cut off from the westerly flow of Pacific moisture. Orographic uplift of crossing air masses by the Sierra and the Cascades provides cooling and precipitates much of the moisture out. The result is a Dry Steppe cold climate classification for most of the Great Basin. The climate is typical of middle latitude, semi-arid lands where evaporation potential exceeds precipitation throughout the year. Precipitation normally ranges from approximately five to seven inches on the valley bottoms to 16 to 18 inches on the mountain peaks. Most of this precipitation comes in the form of snow occurring primarily in the winter and spring with the summers being quite dry. Temperatures range from greater than 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months to minus 15 degrees or colder in the mountains in the winter. The HMA is characterized by long wide valleys and long narrow steep mountain peaks covered with heavy pinyon juniper woodlands.
On many of the low hills and ridges that are scattered throughout the area, the soils are underlain by bedrock. In general, the vegetation consists of big sagebrush-grass and low sagebrush-grass, montane shrub, salt desert shrub, black sagebrush, winterfat, pinyon-juniper, and montane riparian communities. The foothills and mountain areas are dominated by big sagebrush-grass and low sagebrush-grass types. Primary shrubs are big sagebrush, low sagebrush, and rabbitbrush. Major grass species include bluebunch wheatgrass, Indian ricegrass, Sandberg‘s bluegrass, needlegrass, and bottlebrush squirreltail. Forbs include milkvetch, arrowleaf balsamroot, lupine, phlox, and aster.
The higher mountainous areas support mountain browse species that include serviceberry, snowberry, and antelope bitterbrush. Riparian areas at high elevations support cottonwood and wild rose.
The valleys are dominated by salt desert shrub and black sagebrush communities which consist of winterfat, shadscale, bud sagebrush, black sagebrush, and rabbitbrush. Major grass species in the valleys include Indian ricegrass, Sandberg‘s bluegrass, needlegrass, and bottlebrush squirreltail. Forbs include milkvetch, lupine, phlox, and aster.
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Above photo by Patricia Fua
Above: Santa boards the Polar Express at the North Pole, and (right) Polar Express Conductor collects tickets to board.
WHAT: Polar Express trains for families will depart from Ely, NV during the Christmas season for trips to the North Pole and the return.
WHEN: Weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
WHERE: Ely, NV: 245 miles North of Las Vegas, 245 Miles West / Southwest of Salt Lake City, 300 miles East of Reno.
ON-BOARD: Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. Meet Santa himself. Join in singing Christmas carols.
For more information visit : http://www.nnry.com/pages/Polar-Express.php
Christmas Walk - Nov. 24
Take a spirit-filled stroll along Aultman Street from County Park to Mill Street from 4-6 p.m. to start off your Christmas celebrations. Tree lighting in the Sculpture Park at 6 p.m.
Fashion Show - Nov. 25
Learn to go in style this Holiday Season and have some fun at the same time. Cocktails at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, Fashion Show to follow. Reserved Seating tickets can be purchased at Economy Drug for $25 in advance, $30 after Nov. 20.
Proceeds go to the Committee Against Child Hunger (CACH).
The Festival of Trees - Nov. 27 - Nov. 30
The beautiful trees will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bristlecone Convention Center free of charge.
Learning Bridge Charter School Choir - Nov. 30
Enjoy singing from young angels at 6:00 at the Bristlecone Convention Center.
Collaboration Key to Restoring Eastern Nevada’s Burned Public Lands
Pictured above are members of the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition working to protect the sage grouse. For more information visit their website: www.envlc.org/
ELY, Nev. – Two federal agencies, a county entity and a non-profit organization recently teamed up to restore public lands in eastern Nevada burned by wildfire.
The Agricultural Research Service, Bureau of Land Management, Tri-County Weed Control and Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition last month treated about 200 acres of BLM-administered land burned in the Strawberry Fire. The lighting-ignited fire in 2016 burned nearly 4,660 acres, mostly within Great Basin National Park.
The partners applied herbicides and seeded. The treatments will help to stabilize soils and stem erosion, reduce non-native plant species and noxious weeds, and restore native habitat. Numerous wildlife species will benefit, including elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and greater sage grouse.
The October treatments follow January’s aerial seeding of approximately 2,027 acres of BLM and National Park Service lands. The BLM conducted the aerial seeding in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Both actions are part of the Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation Plan developed last year in response to the fire.
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The Polar Express – November 18 - December 26, 2017
The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Christmas
Holiday Fashion Show
Festival of Trees
The Tree Auction with Live Entertainment
Christmas Crafters Festival
Complimentary Community Christmas Dinner
Ely Volunteer Firemen's Ball
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BLM Ely District Office Selling Christmas Tree-Cutting Permits
ELY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Ely District Office is making Christmas tree-cutting permits available to the public. Only pinyon pine, juniper and white fir may be harvested. The cutting of all other trees is prohibited.
Permits can be purchased in-person at the district office. They may also be purchased by telephone or through the mail. Permits cost $4 each with a limit of 10 per purchaser.
Over-the-counter sales will be conducted at the district office through noon on Friday, Dec. 22. The district office is located at 702 North Industrial Way, in Ely. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits will also be available at the Great Basin National Park Lehman Caves Visitor Center during regular business hours through Friday, Dec. 22. Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, excluding Thanksgiving Day.
Mail-in requests will be accepted through 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. All mail-in requests must include payment in the form of a check or money order payable to the Bureau of Land Management. Requests should be addressed to the BLM Ely District Office, 702 North Industrial Way, Ely, NV, 89301. Please allow one week for processing.
Christmas trees may be harvested on all BLM-administered public lands except those designated as wilderness or wilderness study areas. The Ely (District) Resource Management Plan also prohibits Christmas tree harvesting in the Blue Mass, Highland Range, Lower Meadow Valley Wash, Mount Irish, Shoshone Ponds and Swamp Cedar areas of critical environmental concern.
For more information or to purchase a permit, call the BLM Ely District Office at (775) 289-1800.