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Burcham & Wheeler Flats Wildlife Area


Burcham and Wheeler Flats Wildlife Area is approximately 1,160 acres of sagebrush scrub and meadow habitat and is managed for preventing further decline of greater sage grouse, providing critical mule deer habitat, and protecting sensitive plant and animal species. This would include activities such as meadow irrigation, stream bank stabilization, and aspen stand restoration.

Over 3,000 mule deer from the East and West Walker deer herds migrate through the area. In addition, the area functions as a portion of the spring and fall holding area for these herds, as well as summer range fawning habitat.

Other species likely to benefit from the protection of the property include the following State-listed threatened species: wolverine, Sierra Nevada red fox, bank swallow, and willow flycatcher and the following species of special concern: western white-tailed hare, American badger, black bear, mountain lion, Townsend’s big-eared bat, spotted bat, northern goshawk, bald eagle, blue grouse, and mountain quail.

For more information, call the Inland Deserts Region Bishop office at (760) 872-1171.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing  Hiking Trails Deer Hunting Quail Hunting

Activities: nature viewing, hiking, and hunting

Hunting: Type C Wildlife Area. Deer and quail may be present.

PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

The property was previously used for cattle grazing, and was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 2014. Designation assists the Department in controlling on-site management and better protects listed species and the habitat necessary to ensure their survival.

The greater sage grouse population has declined dramatically over the last 20 years due to habitat problems associated with overgrazing, fire suppression, and pinyon-juniper encroachment on sagebrush rangelands. The surrounding area including the wildlife area once supported six historical sage grouse strutting grounds, of which two are currently active. The WA still supports nesting and brood rearing habitat (mostly wet meadows) as well as winter habitat for this species.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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Inland Deserts Region (Region 6)

Mono County

non-contiguous parcels approximately 12 to 18 miles northwest of Bridgeport, near Hwy 395 and 108 (Sonora Junction)

The parcels are surrounded by Toiyabe National Forest land, and in close proximity to the Department’s West Walker River, Pickel Meadow, and Slinkard-Little Antelope Wildlife Areas.

Access: Hwy 395 east of Sonora Junction to Wheeler Flat Rd and Burcham Flat Rd; Hwy 108 east of Burcham Flat Rd.

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