The BLM requires designated route systems in each of their ACECs (areas of critical environmental concern); additional the CCMSHCP (Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Program) requires route designation systems and road management strategies in order to conserve plant and animal species while ensuring access to public land in rural Clark County. Before either of those two objectives can be implemented, an accurate and complete baseline inventory must be established.
PIC, BLM, and volunteers from rural organizations work together GPSing routes, camp sites, trash, cattle-guards, parking areas, intersections, signs, illegal hill climbs, etc. as well as digitally photographing key points and scenic sites. Over 1,500 volunteer hours have been donated (through the summer of 2005) to collect GPS data on over 1,200 miles of roads in the 3 ACECs in northeast Clark County, approximately 1,400 intersections, and 800 other feature points. The CCMSHCP oversees all projects, including this project, which involve or affect the desert tortoise and 78 other species. This project is funded from money generated by the sale of federal land in the Vegas valley. Just as with tortoise fencing project, the GPS Roads Project is uniquely structured to encourage hands-on involvement from the public, especially rural residents.
* Common Sense Conservation * Multiple Access * Responsible Use * Wise Stewardship * Education, Not Exclusion *