OASIS VALLEY Launches Massive Trail Project
Beatty, Nevada (December 01, 2014) – In an effort to boost tourism
and support the local economy, Storm-OV , a non-profit group, is preparing to
construct a large-scale, recreational trail system on land
adjacent to the small mining township of Beatty—located in
southwest Nevada’s Oasis Valley.
The non-profit group Saving Toads through Off-Road Racing and
Mining–Oasis Valley (STORM-OV) plans to build hundreds of
additional trails on public and private land in the area. Longterm
plans call for accompanying infrastructure, signage and
visitor maps to support the new trail system.
“Beatty is blessed with an abundance of open land and a close
proximity to Death Valley National Park,” said Dave Spicer,
president of STORM-OV. “Building this trail system will improve
the quality of life and provide a new economic engine for Beatty.”
Beatty, located 90 minutes northwest of Las Vegas, has a
population of approximately 1,000 residents. Historically
supported by several metal mines, the community has been in a
state of economic decline since the last major mining operation
closed in 1998.
The initiative, named the Oasis Valley Recreational Tourism
Enhancement Project, is expected to improve the economy through
job creation, retail expenditures and lodging revenue. The project
is backed by local businesses, the township and a $50,000 donation
from Barrick Gold of North America.
“We are very proud to be a partner in this endeavor,” said Tim
Buchanan, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Barrick
Gold. “We hope our contributions will result in a lasting positive
legacy for the community of Beatty.”
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) initially
assisted STORM-OV in the development of a conceptual plan for 300
to 500 miles of connecting trails for non-motorized, off-road
racing and enjoyment riding.
It’s anticipated that the nearby Las Vegas metro area and its
millions of annual visitors will provide a steady stream of
participants for recreational events and races on Beatty’s new
“Turning to tourism is a logical and sustainable solution for
Beatty,” said Cimarron Chacon, a veteran expert in the trails
industry. “Other mining and farming communities in the West have
seen great success from investing in infrastructure that attracts
Economic data shows that hosting just one trail event with 400
participants can generate over $100,000 for the local economy,
Chacon added. This estimate does not include the additional
revenue from lodging, travel, and event expenditures that will
benefit the economy on a regional level.
Because of her extensive background in environmental design and
public lands policy, Chacon has been hired by STORM-OV to move
forward with the next steps of creating a master plan and
completing the detailed environmental work required by the Bureau
of Land Management for the permitting of trails.
“The Oasis Valley is a perfect fit for this type of trail system,”
Chacon said. “The typography offers great variety and the climate
supports year-round riding.”
The cost of the first phase of the program is estimated at
$300,000 and will provide up to 50 miles of new trails and the
transformation of existing routes for a hut-to-hut-style mountain
bike destination. STORM-OV hopes to break ground on the first
trails as early as this February.
Barrick Gold of North America has promised to be actively involved
in Beatty’s effort to become a premier location for outdoor
recreation. The company has several active mines in Nevada and
leads the state in gold production.
“It’s nice to see such a major industry in Nevada recognize the
value of community-based conservation programs and partnerships,”
said James Moore with The Nature Conservancy Southern Nevada
Office. “This is a fantastic endorsement of the collaborative
approach to solving environmental challenges.”
A public scoping meeting and trail feasibility study is scheduled
for December 16th at the Beatty Community Center to gather
information on the landscape, environmental issues, and desired
trail locations. The public is invited to attend. More information
can be found by calling 775-553-2050 or at www.beattynv.info