Plastic pipe has been used around Nevada for many years to mark mining claims. I know when you drive around the Pine Forest Range, in northwestern Nevada, you can see a bunch of these plastic claim markers scattered across the landscape.
It has been found that these plastic pipes, if they are not capped, can lead to the death of birds, particularly birds that use burrows for nesting. These birds are attracted to the open ends of the marker tubes, they go inside to nest, but they are then unable to climb or fly back out and they slowly starve to death.
The use of uncapped plastic pipes as claim markers has been illegal in Nevada since 1993, but that hasn't stopped the practice. In 2009 a state law gave claim holders two years to remove the pipes. However, many have not been dealt with. Now that the 2-year period is up, anyone can go out and remove the tubes. There is a call for volunteers to go out and remove these uncapped tubes. If you have time and would like to get out and explore this great Basin and Range region of ours, this is a great way to give back to the land. I am hoping to put together a volunteer gathering. Stay posted for more details.
If you do go out to pull pipe, please comment here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to get numbers on people who are out volunteering. Thank you so much
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