We’re long overdue in providing an update on what Friends of Pahranagat Valley is working on.
We are still involved with Little Ash and communicating with stakeholders to make sure the community’s voice is heard. We are grateful to Rep. Cresent Hardy’s office, particularly his Projects Coordinator Kent Alexander, for organizing meetings with all stakeholders. A meeting led by Rep. Hardy was held in April at the BLM Field Office in Caliente. Those attending included Hardy and his staff, county representatives, BLM staff and Nevada and U.S. wildlife officials. A follow-up meeting is currently being planned.
The main issues that need to be worked out, as the BLM develops a management plan for the site, include:
- The level to which recreation at Little Ash would use or rely on water from the spring.
- The impact on endangered species at the spring.
- The impact on private property owners surrounding the site, particularly the owners of Big Ash directly south of the property.
A problem with our initial proposal is the addition of new pools, which may not be possible due to water rights issues. We are exploring other possibilities.
Our position is that Little Ash should be re-opened and soaking in the water continued. With clearly posted rules, a fee structure and someone on site to manage the area, recreation that has traditionally been enjoyed at Little Ash can continue. This can be done without negatively impacting the water, animal life, or surrounding property owners. We also recommend making improvements to the area to enhance the experience there, while staying true to its natural setting.
While we go through the Little Ash process, we are working on some other projects.
We are looking at doing a “Welcome to Pahranagat Valley Sign” on Highway 93. We have a draft concept for the sign, are looking at where on the highway we could put it, and are talking with a company on construction options.
We also want to build a splash pad at the Yoppesville Park in Alamo. We plan on working with the county grants administrator and the Town of Alamo on the project.
More details on all our projects will come as they move forward.