DCNR Budget Update

June 29, 2008

[Editor’s note: This is an email sent in June by Director Allen Biaggi to DCNR employees.]Allen Biaggi, director of the Nevada Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources

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.

Allen Biaggi
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4th annual Nevada Living History Days at Mormon Station State Historic Park June 21

June 16, 2008

Mormon Station State Historic Site

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 .

Solar SUV buggy donated to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

June 16, 2008

Arco Solar Utility Vehicle

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.”

Nature buddies at Dayton State Park

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.

National Get Outdoors Day celebration June 14 at Washoe Lake

June 11, 2008

Children’s activities include map and compass training and Smokey Bear

CARSON CITY, Nev.– Get Outdoors Day will be hosted at Washoe Lake State Park on June 14 from 9 a.m. through noon. This same event will be hosted across the nation to help all Americans, especially American families with children, to discover opportunities for healthy fun in the great outdoors.

Join state park staff and representatives from other federal and state agencies at Washoe Lake to celebrate this event. There will be educational displays and fun activities for all ages, such as nature crafts, map and compass training, and Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly material. Smokey Bear from the Nevada Division of Forestry will also be on hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Free fishing clinic at Rye Patch State Recreation Area

June 10, 2008

Rye Patch State Recreation Area
LOVELOCK, Nev. — A free fishing clinic will be offered at Rye Patch State Recreation Area on June 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Park Ranger Jim Hawkins to learn about techniques, baits used and tips for catching Rye Patch’s warm-water fish species. Children are welcome and the park has a limited number of fishing poles that will be available. Read the rest of this entry »

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park 2008 tour schedule

June 10, 2008

MINDEN, Nev.– Nevada State Parks invites the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden in Douglas County. Tours include several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916, including the main residence, which was one of the most prominent.

Tours also include information on the history of the Dangberg family and its ranching operations, with displays of artifacts that date from the late 19th century through the 1970s and include furniture, clothing, agricultural tools, carriages and more. Restoration work on the buildings’ electrical systems and exteriors, including wood and masonry repairs and a fresh coat of paint, has just been completed. Read the rest of this entry »