Located in the northern portion of the TS Ranch is the Maggie Creek Watershed, home to the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. The Lahontan Cutthroat is the Nevada State Fish, and a federally listed threatened species. A hundred years of unsound grazing practices throughout the area, drought, and violent spring runoffs caused extreme damage to many streams and riparian areas on the ranch, and impacted the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout habitat.
In 1993, as part of a mine management and mitigation project, Newmont’s TS Ranch commenced the Maggie Creek Watershed Restoration Project. Newmont worked with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, neighboring Maggie Creek Ranch, and Trout Unlimited to build a robust and successful partnership. Working with these partners, the project was designed to enhance and protect more than 2,000 acres of riparian habitat, 40,000 acres of upland watershed and 82 miles of stream channel.
Today, the watershed’s stream banks have stabilized with increased vegetation shading the stream and keeping it cool during the summer. Trapped sediments have formed bars, causing the stream to meander and develop deep pools. The endangered Lahontan Cutthroat Trout now thrive in this improved environment.
The habitat and its wildlife population, continue to grow and improve. Over the years, thousands of willows and hundreds of trees have been planted by local volunteers and school children. Hundreds of acres of wetlands have been developed, providing habitat to waterfowl, shore birds and other wildlife. Thousands of upland birds have been released including pheasants, chukar, California valley quail and wild turkey.
In 1992, less than 25 American Pronghorn Antelope could be found on the entire TS Ranch. In a census conducted in January 2002, just 10 years later, more than 500 antelope were counted in Boulder Valley.