Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada

The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is near Fallon, Nevada, and is about an hour east of Reno.    It is strangely listed as a ghost town on many websites but it is actually inhabited by a variety of Nevadans such as Paiute and Western Shoshone Indians, alfalfa farmers and a cattle rancher or two from Fallon.   There is a significant amount of history to the area and is a wildlife preserve for many wetland species even though it ironically borders a private hunting club.   The dichotomy of Stillwater is strong.   Sometimes, when the water is being released for the local farms, the area will be dry as a bone for miles and, when the water is plentiful, it is green as could be.   It’s like the Kalahari Desert of Nevada.

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