Bill would create 26,000-acre wilderness area in Humboldt

WASHINGTON -- Legislation to designate 26,000 acres as government-protected wilderness in Humboldt County was introduced in Congress on Wednesday.

Nevada's five-member delegation submitted a bill to create the Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area, 100 miles northwest of Winnemucca. At the same time, the bill would release 1,500 acres that had been under study as potential wilderness.

The bill was a product of negotiations over two years among landowners, sportsmen, conservationists and other interested parties, the lawmakers said.

Among the bill provisions, the Bureau of Land Management would be directed to obtain privately owned parcels within the wilderness boundaries through land exchanges with ranchers.