Custodianship of the Walking Box Ranch Property: Project Compendium
Financial Assistance Agreement #FAA080093
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This Project Compendium contains information and products resulting from a multi-year cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to care for and make available a BLM-owned Southern Nevada historic property: Walking Box Ranch. This project was focused, primarily, on the custodianship of the site through UNLV’s design, management, and coordination of a resident caretaker program, which was carried out by a series of excellent volunteers. University experts contributed to the decision-making process for necessary repairs and site security was enhanced through an innovative volunteer project open to law-enforcement officers. Equally important, during the project period, Walking Box Ranch was made available to members of the public, scholars, and a variety of groups, whose experiences were deepened through tours and discussions about the site’s history and significance. Project tasks were later expanded to include site planning and design effort and informal education planning and development. Funding by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Capital Improvement program awarded to the BLM made FAA080093 possible. A thoughtful and passionate team has been assembled to lay the foundation for making Walking Box Ranch a place where the shared discovery of past, present, and future creates powerful connections between people and place. Together, the BLM and UNLV can create a destination for visitors, scholars, students, and scientists. The broader Walking Box Ranch partnership, which is ongoing, has included deliberate and careful site planning and design; interpretive planning; and the use of priceless artifacts, photographs, and stories within the UNLV collection. These stories are in the process of being interpreted (in part through this project) with themes including fame, ranching in the desert, escape, searching for riches, and a vital desert ecosystem. It is our hope that experiencing places such as Walking Box Ranch can renew a sense of wonder in Nevada’s protected areas and their unforgettable past, magnificent ecology, and inspiring landscapes.