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: The following is not a comprehensive list, but rather a list of some site specific management goals*: Protect, restore, enhance habitat, and regulate hunting to support an optimal size of the Loyalton-Truckee mule deer herd; manage grazing to protect and enhance biological resources; support the use of the wildlife areas for environmental education; etc.
Environmental Review Process
Notice of Determination: Filed on November 19, 2008, in compliance with Section 21108 or 21152 of the Public Resources Code.
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
*Implementation of tasks needed to achieve management goals is dependent on the availability of staffing and adequate operations and maintenance budget.