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Washoe Valley Alliance

Established in 2013 by local citizens, WVA is a member supported organization working with other organizations and individuals to educate and preserve the unique qualities of Washoe Valley. Join us in keeping Washoe Valley a haven in an urbanized northern Nevada. Memberships are only $20 a year.

For information on how you can participate, email us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com or visit our website at:


Hiking Weather

The bitterbrush and other desert plants are blooming giving our outback areas a sweet fragrant air. Good areas to explore are the end of Cottontail, Dead Mans Creek, the State Park and around Little Washoe Lake.  


Dead Man’s Creek 

Seen hiking the Dead Man’s Creek trail complex at the south end of the valley in the Washoe Lake State Park. 


Washoe Valley Alliance News

The Board of County Commissioners denied the special use permit for a proposed 60 ft. cell tower in Old Washoe City.  Thank you all  very much for attending the meeting, 6489089995_a742811ac1_mcontacting the commissioners, and signing the Scenic Nevada petition  in support of denial.  Verizon may reapply in the future with different types of structures in different locations that, hopefully, will be consistent with the South Valleys Area Plan and Development Code.

Thanks again!

State Park News

“Washoe Lake State Park received a Recreation Trails Grant to improve the Deadman’s Creek Trail and to build an equestrian obstacle course. You may have already noticed that 249436160_1933a9a7a3_mthe gazebo on the trail has been removed and the new one will be installed within the next few months. Our plan is to make the trail a loop and to include signage, benches, and a picnic table along the trail route. We also have two scheduled work days to build the 8 equestrian obstacles, March 21 and April 18. If you are interested in volunteering on those days, please contact the park office at 687-4319.”

Speak Out On Our Public Lands



Deadline March 27, 2015

The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District, is currently working on the Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will govern management of millions acres of public lands for the next couple of decades.  Washoe Valley is a part of the Resource Management Plan.  BLM managed lands in Washoe Valley are mainly located in east Washoe Valley but include Winter’s Ranch in west Washoe Valley.  During this process, the BLM is seeking public comments.  The comment period will end on March 27, 2015.  This is an opportunity to let the BLM staff know the importance of public lands to you and your appreciation of the job they do in managing our resources.  Commercial interests; wind farms, mining exploration, geothermal development, etc. will be commenting on particular public lands in which they have an interest in Washoe Valley.  The BLM deserves recognition for proposing to protect lands within this district, but if you have any interests in Washoe Valley’s public lands or in any particular management approaches, you need to make sure your interests are heard.

The Washoe Valley Alliance is very appreciative of BLM’s past commitment to Washoe Valley public lands.  In the last 15 – 20 years, the BLM, working with the public and various organizations and agencies, has actively acquired thousands of acres for scenic, habitat, and recreational use in Washoe Valley.  These acquisitions  include the Laborde Exchange which added 11,600 acres (2000), and the Winter’s Ranch which added 2,000 acres with water rights (2014), to Washoe Valley’s public lands.

The Carson City District Draft Resource Management Plan and supporting information are available on the project web site at  http://on.doi.gov/1uYBNGT.   Comments are welcomed, reviewed, and considered throughout the planning process.

To submit comments, you may mail to:
BLM – Carson City District Office
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Fax: (775) 885-6147 (Attn: Carson City RMP)
E-mail comments can also be sent to blm_nv_ccdo_rmp@blm.gov

Please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail (individuals may request confidentiality).

The RMP / EIS is a large document and Washoe Valley is a small part of the management area.  It may be easier to download the maps, CCD Draft RMP/EIS Volume 4 – Appendix A, and direct your comments to those maps that have or need changes for Washoe Valley.  Not all maps apply to the WV area.  Some (but not all) of the maps which may be of particular interest to Washoe Valley residents are; Priority Water Sheds, Important Bird Areas, Visual Resources, Fluid Minerals, No Surface Occupancy, Controlled Surface Use, Non Energy Mineral Leasing, and Land Tenure.

Alternative A maps represent the Current Status, Alternative B – Resource Use & Economic Development, Alternative C – Preserve & Protect Resources, Alternative D – Urban Interface Areas, and Alternative E – is the Agency Preferred Alternative.

Washoe Lake Guided Hikes

The Nevada Appeal reported on these hikes offered at Washoe Lake State Park:

Washoe Lake State Park is offering three guided hikes this month, including a full moon hike through sand dunes and along the beach, a dune trek and beach stroll, and another to the overlook on the Deadman’s Creek Trail.

An easy one-mile round-trip full moon hike will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4855 Eastlake Blvd. Attendees are asked to meet at the overflow parking lot, the first parking lot on the right after entering the park’s main entrance and turning left. Dogs are not allowed.

A 2.5 mile round-trip moderate hike through sand dunes on the east side of Washoe Lake will be from 10 a.m. to noon March 14. The event includes a talk about the history of the park and Washoe Valley. Good waling shoes are recommended. Meet at the equestrian area in the main area of the park. After passing the fee booth, turn right, pass the campground, and park near the group pavilion.

A moderate one-mile round-trip hike to the overlook on the Deadman’s Creek Trail will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 22. The trail offers a short, steep climb to the top, where views of Washoe Lake and Washoe Valley are seen.

Registration is required for the full moon hike. The hikes are free, but the cost to enter the park is $7 per vehicle, with a $2 discount offered to Nevada residents.

For more information or to make a reservation for the full moon hike, call 775-687-4319, or email washoelake@hdiss.net.IMG_0379

Monarch Butterfly and Native Plant Workshop 2015 - 5

Garden Group Meeting March 17

Hi everyone –

We all love the meeting space at the WV Church parish hall, and hope you all who have not yet see it will come by and check out the meeting location.


The next Garden Group will be on March 17, 6:30 pm at the Washoe Christian Church on Esmeralda.  It is a potluck, so please bring a dish to share.  Also a $1 to donate for the church use for the evening.


We’ll have a panel of Beekeepers presenting information about beekeeping and will answer questions about bees and their environments.  There will be visual aids and perhaps other exciting demos.

Also, since there was not a lot of notice about Seed Sharing last month, let’s do it again this month.  Bring seeds you are willing to share with others.  If you think you would like to receive seeds of WV gardeners, bring envelopes, small ziplock bags, something to write the name of the plant and the variety.

I am attaching a lovely flyer from Ryan Sherrer from the Washoe Tree Nursery about a free workshop in May at the Nursery.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about pollinators in general.  There are some requirements for registering for the workshop.  They are:
1) Have an available backyard habitat space for pollinators and plants
2) Agree to plant the native plants obtained from the workshop by a certain date (TBD)
3) Not use pesticides in and around the garden
4) Allow photographs to be taken of garden space after planting

Now that we have plenty of space for meeting, remember to invite your neighbors and friends to join us.  This is a community group.


The Washoe Valley Alliance is urging all of us who are available to attend the Washoe County Commissioners meeting next Tuesday.  They will be deciding whether to allow Verizon to construct a huge cell tower across from what was Dry Creek Nursery.

See you all on the 17th.


Donna Murphy-Sharp

Spring Has Sprung! 

It’s a little early but one of Washoe Valley’s most obnoxious weeds is sprouting in our yard. Burr buttercup starts with tiny yellow flowers but dries leaving sharp burrs that are irritating to pets, kids and gardeners. 

We dont use poison in our yard so UNR Cooperative Extension suggests we hoe them out since the roots are shallow and weak. Works pretty well if you get to them before they produce burrs.