Ichthyosaur, State Fossil of Nevada (KLAS-TV)

November 27, 2007

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada

Can you name the official state fossil of Nevada? It’s the ichthyosaur, a behemoth that was 50 feet long and ruled the seas hundreds of millions of years ago. Some of the largest ichthyosaur fossils in the world were found in Nevada, but just recently, a new scientific controversy has emerged about how these giant reptiles got around.

This might sound like an odd topic for the I-Team. However, few people in Southern Nevada seem to know it, but there’s a state park devoted to the ichthyosaur. It’s in central Nevada in what used to be a mining camp called Berlin. That’s where scientists found the remains of nearly 40 different ichthyosaurs. They plowed through the ocean above what is now Nevada, but back then, this land mass was down by the equator. 

Read the complete story at LasVegasNow.com.


Hearing scheduled concerning proposed changes to Nevada Division of State Parks regulations

November 26, 2007

Nevada State Parks LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–The Nevada Division of State Parks will hold a public hearing on December 13, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m., at 901 South Stewart Street, Suite 5005.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comments regarding the amendment of regulations that pertain to Chapter 407 of the Nevada Administrative Code. The purpose for the amendment of these regulations is to provide for the equitable collection of reasonable user fees and to provide for operation and management of State Parks.

The proposed regulation represents comments the division received from the public and the Legislature and do not constitute an increase in fees but allow for a fee at three parks not presently mentioned in the Nevada Administrative Codes: Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, the Elgin School House and Buckland Station, a new facility that has not been previously open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor signs multistate, cooperative wildfire memorandum

November 20, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim GibbonsCARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the governors of 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.

“Due to exceptionally dry conditions and a lack of available forage, Nevada lost nearly one million acres this past fire season. If we fail to adequately rehabilitate this land, cheat grass and other invasive species will replace native plants, creating an even greater risk for future fires,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “The threat of future catastrophic wildfires caused by cheat grass and drought is not limited to the State of Nevada. In fact, many western states face similar challenges during and after fire season, which is why the partnership between Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming is critically important to our collective restoration and prevention efforts. I thank Governors Otter, Huntsman, and Freudenthal for their cooperation and efforts to address these important issues.” Read the rest of this entry »

December events at Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

November 20, 2007

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State ParkLAS VEGAS–History comes alive at the Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park when the gates open for the annual Pioneer Christmas Celebration on December 14 and 15 from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.

Take a step back in time and discover the pioneer era with live music, Christmas carols, aromas of authentic Dutch oven cooking and a Christmas story as pioneer children hang their stockings. An 1860s Christmas will be re-created as close to the time period as one can imagine, with Civil War soldiers welcoming a wagon train into the Old Fort. This nostalgic experience for adults and children is free to the public.

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New administrators to start in 2008

November 19, 2007

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has identified new administrators for the department’s Division of State Lands and Natural Heritage Program upon the upcoming retirement of two long-time administrators.

“The Department is fortunate to have such outstanding talent within its ranks that I am able to name the eventual replacements for two division heads in advance of the retirement of key administrators,” said Allen Biaggi, department director. ”This is ideal in that it allows the outgoing and incoming administrators to work together toward seamless transitions for the two divisions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Land and Water Conservation grant funds available

November 13, 2007

Lamoille, Nevada waterfall. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. 

CARSON CITY, Nev.—The Nevada Division of State Parks announced today that there are federal funds available for local park and recreation capital improvement and acquisition projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Counties, cities, unincorporated towns, general improvement districts and Native American tribes are potentially eligible for the 50:50 matching grants offered through the program. This National Park Service grant program is administered for Nevada by the State Parks division. Projects are being solicited for the 2007 and 2008 fiscal years.

Application packages will be available on State Parks’ website on November 15, 2007. Hard copies are also available upon request. The due date for fiscal year 2007 applications is January 31, 2008 by 5:00 pm. Faxed copies are not accepted. Read the rest of this entry »

Lahontan Dam transformed Nevada (Backyard Traveler)

November 6, 2007

Lahontan State Recreation Area in Nevada. 

Near the start of the 20th century, the Lahontan Reservoir was looked upon as the way to transform the dry Nevada landscape into a paradise.

Lahontan’s story begins in 1889, when the United States Geological Survey conducted several studies to determine the practicality of irrigating large portions of the American West. One of the regions considered was Western Nevada, near the location of modern-day Fallon.

Read the complete story at the Backyard Traveler by Rich Moreno.