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District may ask feds to buy land

Andrew Pridgen

The Incline Village General Improvement District, recently in buyer’s mode for a five-acre parcel of Incline Lake property, may be using the same mechanism and land broker to sell 112 acres of hillside property on the west side of Incline Village to the federal government.

The parcel, which represents roughly 10 percent of the district’s mountain or hillside property holdings, is surrounded on three sides by U.S. Forest Service land, said Dan St. John, the district’s public works director.

The district was approached last month by Minden-based Terra Firma Associates principals Glen Williams and Jacques Etchegoyan to consider listing the property for sale for the next round of Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act funds.

Terra Firma is representing two separate Incline/Crystal Bay property owners in the current round of federal acquisitions.

The aforementioned Incline Lake, which, along with the district’s parcel includes some 755 acres slated for federal ownership and 10 additional acres for ownership by the Nevada Department of Transportation, and the 3.54-acre Dale Denio property lakefront near Crystal Bay, is also slated for federal purchase.

Proposals for federal attainment of both properties were reviewed last week by the Bureau of Land Management executive committee with a recommendation “one way or another” to be passed along to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, said BLM Nevada spokeswoman Jo Simpson.

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“(SNPLMA) round six is wrapping up,” Simpson said. “That doesn’t mean that round seven can’t start now. New proposals are trickling in already.”

In the wake of the news this week that SNPLMA just secured another $800 million from federal land sold in southern Nevada, St. John said he felt the district’s parcel would be “of interest” for acquisition by the Forest Service.

St. John described the parcel as the “west side of first creek on the west side of twon near Red Cedar – from the part where the creek crosses highway 28 up to the Saddlehorn loop near Tumbleweed.”

“There’s lots of hiking trails there,” St. John said. “There’s no construction on that property, none that I’ve known. It’s surrounded by forest service so this would give them an opportunity to do it … well, all in one piece.”

Terra Firma’s Etchegoyan told the IVGID board that the land-sale plan is in its “preliminary stages” before getting unanimous approval from the board to explore possible proposal in the next round of SNPLMA funding.

“It’s a first step but a logical one,” said St. John, noting that “nothing official” will happen to the property’s status until after the first of the year.