The Trout Creek Mountains are a Great Basin range in Oregon and Nevada
in the United States. Oriented generally north–south, the mountains
consist mostly of fault blocks of basalt, while the southern end has
granitic outcrops. Overall, the faulted terrain is dominated by rolling
hills cut by canyons. Most of the range is federal land, and there is
little human development, apart from cattle ranching. The public land,
dominated by big sagebrush and desert grasses, is open to recreation but
is rarely visited. Sage grouse and mountain chickadee are two native
bird species, and pronghorn and jackrabbit are common mammals. Despite a
dry climate, rare Lahontan cutthroat trout persist in a few streams
after declining for much of the 20th century. In the 1980s, the effects
of grazing on riparian zones and fish led to land-use conflict. The
Trout Creek Mountain Working Group was formed in 1988 to resolve
disagreements among ranchers, environmentalists, government agencies,
and other parties. Stakeholders agreed on changes to land-use practices,
and since the early 1990s, riparian zones have begun to recover.
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