Antelope Valley and Smithneck Creek WAs Land Management Plan


Location: The Antelope Valley and Smithneck Creek Wildlife Areas (AVWA and SCWA) occupy approximately 5,700 acres and 1,400 acres, respectively, in the Sierra Valley watershed in Sierra County. The AVWA is located 20 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and 4 miles southwest of Loyalton in Sierra County. The SCWA is located approximately one mile east of the AVWA.

Purpose of Acquisition: To protect critical winter range and migration corridor for the Loyalton-Truckee mule deer herd.

Description*: Management of these areas will focus on protecting habitat and regulating hunting to support the Loyalton-Truckee mule deer herd, managing grazing to protect and enhance biological resources, and supporting the use of the wildlife areas for environmental education.

Environmental Review Process

Status: Complete

Notice of Determination: Filed on November 19, 2008, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.

CEQAnet Project Information

Management Plan Retention

A hard copy of the final Management Plan, including public comments and responses, can be viewed during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region
1701 Nimbus Road,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

(916) 358-2900

*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.