June 29, 2008
[Editor's note: This is an email sent in June by Director Allen Biaggi to DCNR employees.]
Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR.
To say these are trying times is an understatement. State revenues continue to be weak, resulting in the need for DCNR’s administration and budget staff to evaluate further cuts for the 2009 fiscal year as well as the next biennium (more below). These reductions have the potential to fundamentally change the way we do business and achieve our agency mandates. I will continue to work with the agency administrators to identify the necessary budget reductions while still providing essential services to our customers and regulated communities.
I would like to thank DCNR’s Deputy Director, Kay Scherer for her hard work and professionalism in understanding the extremely complicated reduction directives and guiding us through this process. It is critical we make our reductions in a logical and strategic way, understanding the implications to our programs, employees and Nevada’s citizens. I want to make this process as transparent as possible and keep the lines of communication open with all DCNR employees.
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June 16, 2008
GENOA, Nev.—Bring the entire family to Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa, Nevada on Saturday, June 21 for the 4th Annual Nevada Living History Days.
This living history re-enactment provides activities and fun for the whole family. Learn more about early Nevada and California pioneers as re-enacted by members of the Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneers. Demonstrations include Dutch-oven cooking, doll-making, rope-making, fire starting with flint and steel, pioneer games and more. See the cannon and musket firing several times throughout the day.
This event is free. Picnicking in the park is also free. There is a $1.00 charge to tour the museum. Children 12 and under are free.
Mormon Station State Historic Park is the site of Nevada’s first permanent non-Indian settlement. The park is located along the California Emigrant Trail in Genoa, Nevada, approximately 20 minutes south of Carson City off highway 395. For more information, please contact the park at 775-782-2590 .
June 16, 2008
BLUE DIAMOND, Nev.—ARCO and its parent company BP are donating a solar SUV buggy to the Nevada Division of State Parks. Governor Jim Gibbons and personnel from the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park June 18 to accept the vehicle from the energy company.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation to the state of Nevada,” said Dave Morrow, administrator for the Division of State Parks. “This vehicle will be a tremendous asset to help manage the 520 acres at Spring Mountain Ranch. We will be using it to help maintain the park, for demonstrations at the Earth fair and for educational purposes to the numerous school groups that visit the ranch.”
“BP is thrilled to offer this contribution to the State Parks of Nevada,” said Frank Hernandez, BP’s VP Government and Public Affairs. “We’re pleased to see this unique vehicle put to such good use.”
June 12, 2008
DAYTON, Nev.—Join park rangers each month for an hour and a half of fun-filled nature activities designed for children ages 2-7 and their parent or caregiver to enjoy together. We will be taking short nature hikes, making crafts and learning about plants and animals.
The event is scheduled on June 17, July 15 and August 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and visitors will meet at the park’s group pavilion. Contact Lynn Stephenson at 775-687-5678 for more information.