What is the Boulder City Conservation Easement?

The Clark County Desert Conservation Program (DCP) manages Endangered Species Act compliance on behalf of Clark County and the cities of Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, and the Nevada Department of Transportation (collectively, the Permittees) through implementation of the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) and associated Section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permit. The incidental take permit required that the Permittees establish a conservation easement in the Eldorado Valley to be managed and protected for the benefit of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) as partial mitigation for the take of desert tortoise and its habitat. The Boulder City Conservation Easement (BCCE) was established by agreement between the County and Boulder City in July of 1995 to fulfill this requirement of the incidental take permit.



Where is the BCCE?

The BCCE is within the city limits of Boulder City and is located approximately 2 miles south and west of the residential area of Boulder City.  The BCCE begins approximately 4 miles south of the  intersection of US 95 and US 93, and extends for approximately 22 miles along US 95.  The BCCE consists of 86,538 acres that is split by US 95 into a North Section, consisting of 39,114 acres, and a South Section consisting of 47,424 acres.  Excluded from the South Section is the Energy Zone, an area of 3,064 acres designated by the City for energy development.  






How do I know if I am actually in the Easement?

BCCE land is designated with limited use signs in green lettering with Boulder City and DCP logos. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) and private lands are also adjacent to the Easement.  Responsible behavior should be exhibited when traveling anywhere in the desert.  



How do I know which roads are open for use?  

Only roads designated by an "Open Designated Road" sign can be legally used within the Easement. Open roads are marked by signs with green arrows showing the travel route. "Private Road" signs are open for BLM right-of-way (ROW) holders only and are not  open to the public.   




Other Information and Reports:

  Management Plan 

  BCCE Quarterly Report - 4th Quarter 2015

  Easement Agreement  -  July1994

  Easement Agreement Amendment  - Aug2010


 What will I encounter when I visit the Easement?

Upon your travel through the Easement you may come upon tortoises, lizards, snakes, birds and a variety of plant species. Please do not touch wildlife. Never take wildlife from the desert and never release anything in the desert.     



What are the laws regarding the Easement?

Boulder City Ordinance #972, Title 7, Chapter 5 (7-5-8) lists the following as prohibited activities within the Easement.

  • The fine for each violation is $400.00 















Traveling on a closed road  

Commercial Harvesting (Flora/Fauna)  

Non-Commercial Harvesting (Flora/Fauna) 

Non-Commercial Collection of Biological Specimens    


Depositing a Desert Tortoise or other animal  

Uncontrolled dogs outside of a vehicle  


Discharge of Firearms


Unauthorized Research















State and Federal laws protecting wildlife also apply when using the Easement.  Contact the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) or Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) for more information on these regulations.



 I want to hold an event or conduct research in the Easement area, who do I talk to?

Please contact the City of Boulder City for event or activity permits

Phone (702)293-9256


Where can I learn more about recreation on other public lands in Clark County?

Check out this map of public lands and this guide to motorized travel rules, and see the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership website for more information.

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