posted on May, 1 2014 @ 09:56 PM
a reply to: xuenchen
On Google Earth, the Hidden Valley cellular site is located at N36 35 51.95 W114 54 46.38. Just to the east is an improvised firing range. Totally
trashed. Seriously, you can't pay a little money and use a real range?
Most of those places in your document are well known. Mt. Stirling is north of Mt. Charleston. I don't think I ever paid attention to the county
border in that area. I've hiked Mt. Stirling, though I don't recall if there was grazing or not.
Wheeler Wash is near Cold Creek. Cold Creek has burros and horses mostly, but I have seen cattle out that way.
I'm going to guess the Lower Mormon Mesa is that part of Mormon Mountain that is not WSA. Remember, you trash the desert, you risk getting the land
declared WSA, and that eliminates motorized transport. This is why managing the land is the best plan. If the BLM thinks the land is trashed, they
withdraw it for a while, and then once withdrawn, you risk the WSA designation. Just like gun nuts behaving like morons makes life difficult for
responsible gun owners, cattle ranchers behaving badly gives the BLM the foot in the door to WSA the land.
So the ranchers took a buyout from the county. I can only assume Clark County did this to allow expansion within the urban area of the county. In land
development, this is known as green belting:
The economic value of cattle ranching in Clark County has got to be insignificant compared to casinos and urban infrastructure (airports, hospitals,
manufacturing, etc.). So preventing some land from ever being used commercially allows for the expansion of the city.
The only odd Clark County project I saw that makes zero sense is the Coyote Springs fiasco, located at n36 48 46.45 w114 56 17.02. I am told there is
a portion of the project on Lincoln County that is zoned industrial. Good luck with that.