Las Vegas student wins Arbor Day poster contest

April 29, 2008

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.–Aria Rose Claspill, a fifth-grade homeschooled student from Las Vegas, is the Nevada state winner in the 2008 Arbor Day National Poster Contest.

The Arbor Day National Poster Contest is open to all fifth-grade students in states with a designated coordinator. It has been held since 1992 to help promote the importance of Arbor Day and tree planting, as well as to educate children about the importance of trees and the benefits they provide in our daily lives. This year’s competition was based on the theme, “Trees are Terrific … Inside and Out!” Fifth-grade students from 47 states and the District of Columbia participated nationally this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Carson City’s Firefighting Sheep (video)

April 23, 2008

The sheep are back grazing cheatgrass in the hills of Carson City, Nevada. Ann Bollinger from Carson City Parks and Open Space discusses the grazing project and how targeted grazing can be used to help manage invasive weeds and protect homes from wildfires.

Volunteers needed for 8th annual water quality snapshot day

April 14, 2008

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–The 8th annual Water Quality Snapshot Day will be held Saturday, May 10, in Reno, Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and volunteers are needed to help conduct the water quality sampling. The event is a citizen-based environmental effort designed to take a snapshot, at one moment in time, of the water quality throughout the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River watershed. Water quality monitoring will take place from the tributaries flowing into Lake Tahoe all the way to the waters of Pyramid Lake. It is sponsored by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the City of Reno, Truckee River Watershed Council, University of California Cooperative Extension, and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Bend State Recreation Area opens new campground

April 10, 2008

Big Bend State Recreation Area, Nevada

(Mohave Daily News, JIM MANIACI) LAUGHLIN, Nev.–Just in time for two of Laughlin’s biggest tourist-attracting events, Nevada’s Big Bend State Recreation Area has opened its multi-million dollar recreational vehicle campground.

And park supervisor Alan Conklin is especially proud that Big Bend is the only Nevada State Parks Department RV campground with all of its spaces offering full-service hookups.

He hopes this weekend’s Dodge Extreme Bulls competition will bring in a good crowd and fully expects to be booked to capacity – he actually said last week it easily could be more than capacity – for the 26th Laughlin River Run motorcycle event April 23-27.

“Officially we opened the campground three days before one year of construction. It took us a little bit longer than we thought,” he said, but added that change orders for extra work caused some of the delay.

Overall, including consultants and planning, Conklin said the state is spending $7 million on the project.

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park spring 2008 update

April 10, 2008

Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada

GABBS, Nev.–The heavier than normal snow accumulation has melted, allowing Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park to re-open the park’s main attractions.

The park’s Fossil House is now open for scheduled tours on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. The campground is also open and normal park fees will be charged.

The Diana Mine tours are still suspended until further notice, pending a thorough assessment of the mine’s safety.

About Berlin-Ichthyosaur

Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine. Remains of Ichthyosaurs (pronounced “ick-thee-o-sores”), ancient marine reptiles that swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago, are on display at the park’s Fossil House. These unique official state fossils attract visitors from across the world. A nature trail connects the nearby Fossil House to the campground. Guided tours of the Fossil House and the Diana Mine are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A short distance from the park, visitors can explore the historic towns of Ione and Grantsville. The park is located 23 miles east of Gabbs on State Route 844. The park is open all year, but winter travel may be prohibitive due to snow.

Controlled burn in Lockwood

April 8, 2008

The Nevada Division of Forestry and Storey County Fire Department held a controlled burn yesterday in Storey County’s community of Lockwood. Click the image to view the slideshow.

Controlled burn in Lockwood, Nevada.


Crews work to restore Waterfall fire area

April 4, 2008

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoWith the choke of a drill’s carburetor and a whiff of gas, the workers on a south facing slope in Ash Canyon went to work–digging, boring holes and planting.

“Yeah, you know it’s a nice day when you do this for a living and there’s no place you’d rather be,” said Nevada Department of Forestry Fire Captain Joe Fording, who this week and next will help supervise more than two dozen crewmembers slated to plant some 7,500 Jeffrey pine seedlings on 40-plus scarred acres ravaged by the Waterfall fire in July 2004.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.