BLM acquires 1,300 acres in Black Rock Desert area |

BLM acquires 1,300 acres in Black Rock Desert area

RENO (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has acquired nearly 1,300 acres of land around the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area north of Reno.

The agency purchased the property from private land owners for an undisclosed sum, using money from public land sales in southern Nevada.

The purchase covers land in the Little High Rock Canyon, Poodle Mountain and Hardin City areas.

BLM officials said the acquisition would help protect landscapes along the Applegate-Lassen Trail traversed by thousands of covered-wagon pioneers in the 19th century.

The acquisition was made with the help of the Nevada Land Conservancy.

The federal Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act authorizes money from public land sales around Las Vegas to be used for purchases of sensitive land in Nevada.

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