Participating in Fly Ranch and experiencing the land.
In the coming months and years (because honestly, projects of this magnitude take time), there will be many opportunities to participate in visioning the future of Fly Ranch. We will need your time, energy, expertise, and ideas.
We’ve had almost 3,000 people sign up to get involved through our participation page. Starting in Fall 2017, we would like to start offering experiential nature walks to introduce people to the land, and will soon have a website ready for scheduling visits.
In the coming months and years (because honestly, projects of this magnitude take time), there will be many opportunities to participate in visioning the future of Fly Ranch. We will need your time, energy, expertise, and ideas. Of course this project will also need financial support to realize and explore new ideas, if you feel inspired to contribute to Fly Ranch, you can always donate to the project.
This project will unfold over a long timeline, but to give you a sense of what we re working on these days, we're currently:
- Mapping out what limits our Ag Zoning sets on our activities and the process for changing that
- Researching the impacts of federally protected horses, two dams, and limitations with our water rights
- Hosting small trips for our office staff who have never been, and doing three community events on the playa
- Researching tools for decision-making and collaboration and making a more precise roadmap for 2018 and beyond
- Researching and building mobile composting toilets
- Discovering and cataloging all man made (and left) objects on the property
- Doing important outreach and relationship building in Gerlach and the surrounding area
As of June 2017, we’ve had almost 3,000 people sign up to get involved with the project through our Participation page. You can see a breakdown of their areas of interest here:
Some of these groups, like Outreach & Communications we’re going to be able to reach out in the earlier phases of the project. Others, like Gatherings & Events, will come later. If you want to raise your hand (yay, do-ocracy!) to be involved in visioning the the future of Fly Ranch, or want to offer support now, head over to the participation form.
Black Rock City provides ample space but a shortage of time. Fly Ranch is a smaller space, but with potential year-round access. It offers us the gift of time. Eventually we’ll be able to create more opportunities for experiences spread out throughout the year. For the time being the property will not be open to the public.
Again: Fly Ranch is not available for public access and trespassing will not be tolerated. Do not try and visit Fly Ranch at this time. Seriously.
Immediate access to the property is not possible for insurance or zoning reasons, but our intention is for it to be accessible in the future in an ongoing and sustainable way. Creating legitimate opportunities for people to explore will help cut down on trespassing and give people the chance to experience the land in the appropriate context.
The local conservation group Friends of Black Rock has offered to help us organize nature walks on the property as early as Fall 2017. We would like to start with one walk per weekend of 20 people, and will soon have a website ready to process scheduling. As the system is worked out, glitches are fixed, and docents are trained, we can start more projects.
To safeguard the geyser, reduce vehicle traffic, and not scare off wildlife, we are looking at starting the walks at the farmhouse on the middle section of the property and doing a environmental walking tour north to the geyser. It is roughly a 2 mile walk, and could include a walk down to the Hualapai playa and the 1997 Black Rock City site. This would be a more participatory, immersive, and land-connected experience than driving in, getting out of a car, walking along docks, taking pictures and going home. How we introduce the land will set an important precedent for how people think of and interact with the land.
Make sure to sign up for the Fly Ranch newsletter to learn about when we will be able to offer these Fly Ranch walks.
Like Black Rock City, Fly Ranch will be a collaborative endeavor requiring a vast array of skills, ideas, and contributions and community participation will be essential. You want to get involved? Great! To express your interest and hear about next steps as soon as we’re ready to take them, fill out the form below.