No industry is more linked to Nevada’s past than ranching. Ranching was an economic mainstay in the region before statehood, and before flashier industries such as mining and gaming began to define Nevada’s business climate. It was also ranching that gave Nevada its reputation as a land of resilient people who embraced the ups and downs that came with rugged individualism.
Few families embody that ability to adapt more than Nye County’s Fallini clan. The Fallinis have ranched central Nevada’s arid desert for 150 years — for as long as there’s been a Nevada. Ensuring survival of the family’s Twin Springs Ranch has required careful stewardship of the countryside, healthy respect for a fickle Mother Nature and, increasingly, political and policy skill to maneuver ever-changing federal regulations on land use in rural Nevada.