Off-road vehicle drivers are trying to re-open the disputed Jarbidge
how the Jarbidge ‘shovel brigade’ fought to open a washed-out jeep
track to an outhouse and trailhead using a bogus RS 2477
claim--and got help from the Bush administration to do it.
Read about the Shovel Brigade's radio ads accusing Forest Service
personnel of being "armed and dangerous."
Read a fact
sheet about the notorious battle between Elko County, Nevada, and the
federal government over the Jarbidge Road. Rebuilding the
road--which the county has tried to do, illegally, would seriously
harm protected trout.
Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), opening his reelection
campaign, has offered to try to mediate the dispute over the Jarbidge
Read an account from the Elko Daily Free Press of May 28, 2004.
On June 23, 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Service complicated
matters somewhat by recommending that 131 miles of the Jarbidge River
be designated critical habitat for the bull trout.
Read an Associated Press story
from the Reno Gazette
In the spring and early summer of 2005, the Forest
Service reconsidered the issues and decided that it would leave 1.5
miles of the road open in a "primitive state" and close the last .4
miles. Elko County is considering challenging this decision in court.
Read an article from the July 5, 2005,
Free Press and another from the
In March 2006 there was a five-day court hearing trying
to determine whether the Jarbidge road existed before the area was
added to the Humboldt National Forest.
Read an account
from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
In late September the judge approved the Jarbidge
settlement, by dividing the baby. Public-lands defenders were not
happy. Read an account.
September 2006, the US District Court for the District of Nevada
reinstated the settlement between Elko and the United States. The
Wilderness Society and Great Old Broads for Wilderness have appealed
that ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit. Elko has moved to dismiss the appeal. If Elko's motion is
denied, written briefing on the merits of the appeal will be filed in
the spring of 2007.
The Nye County
Commission won't get involved in R.S. 2477 over private property.
Read a September 21, 2007 Pahrump Valley Times article.
More Nevada News!
Read an August 31, 2007 article from the Pahrump Valley Times
about a developer and RS 2477 near Death Valley.