December 24, 2007
“Leave No Trace” expert urges more responsible outdoor stewardship
CARSON CITY, Nev.—The eyes of committed conservationists see no difference between the front country and the backcountry.
A longstanding effort to increase environmental awareness has been to teach backcountry outdoor ethics. Specifically, the creed has been to “leave no trace” in remote areas.
The problem: Most visitors visit the front country—urban parks, established campgrounds, open space trails and the like. This is according Allen Newberry, chief of operations and maintenance for the Nevada Division of State Parks.
Newberry has been involved with the Leave No Trace program, which originated with the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960s, since the early 1970s, when he taught outdoor ethics to Boy Scouts at Valley of Fire State Park in Southern Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
December 20, 2007
The Nevada Division of Forestry clarified today information that appeared in the December 20, 2007, Ely Times story “White Pine County may establish its own new fire district.” NDF comments are in bold.
White Pine County may establish its own new fire district (Ely Times)
By JOHN PLESTINA
Ely Times Reporter
The White Pine County Commission is looking at options to form a county fire district that would not be under the auspices of the state.
At least two issues that surfaced this year put the current fire district that is managed by the Nevada Division of Forestry under local scrutiny.
[CORRECTION: The White Pine County NRS 473 Fire District is managed jointly by the White Pine County Board of Fire Commissioners and the Nevada Division of Forestry. White Pine County provides operational funding annually including equipment repair. NDF brings statewide communications, the emergency suppression account, command and control, hand crews and other services at no cost to the Fire District and White Pine County.]
Those issues include slow repairs to trucks and equipment by state NDF mechanics and the state firing of a well-respected battalion chief.
[CLARIFICATION: Vehicle repairs are in part dependent upon funding levels provided by White Pine County. The Division does fund repairs on state equipment.]
The county is likely to seek a proposal from Mary Walker & Associates of Minden to do an analysis for a new fire district. Walker has done in several similar analyses in rural Nevada counties. On Jan. 9, the commission will consider entering into a contract with Walker. Read the rest of this entry »
December 17, 2007
During his break from the gig at the mall Saturday, Santa picked up his wife, Mrs. Claus, and took a little drive out to Washoe Lake State Park.
“Boy,” he said as he played confidant of local boys and girls. “Is it pretty out here.”
Joined by some 200 visitors from Carson and Reno in a heated tent, Santa not only enjoyed the crisp air, hot cocoa and homemade cupcakes with the rest of the holiday revelers, but said he found a little bit of the spirit of the “old-Nevada Christmas” somewhere in there as well.
Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.
December 13, 2007
CARSON CITY, Nev.—Governor Jim Gibbons will meet tomorrow with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to discuss the federal government’s role in assisting Nevada with post-fire land rehabilitation efforts and the U.S. District Court’s recent decision to reverse a 2004 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to not list the Sage Grouse as threatened or endangered.
Secretary Kempthorne will be in Nevada to attend the annual Colorado River Water Users Association Conference.
Governor Gibbons recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Idaho, Utah and Wyoming to outline and formulate a cooperative plan to ensure the continued coordinated support efforts for wildland fire fuels management and rehabilitation efforts between all four states. Each year, western states lose millions of acres of native vegetation to catastrophic wildfires. Read the rest of this entry »