Grants awarded for conservation projects at Mt. Charleston

July 31, 2008
The Mt. Charleston License Plate

The Mt. Charleston License Plate

Funds generated from Mt. Charleston license plate sales

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Division of State Lands has awarded grants totaling $104,523 for six projects promoting the natural environment of the Mt. Charleston area, between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Funds for the grants are generated from sales of the Mt. Charleston license plate, one of many specialty plates available at the Department of Motor Vehicles that include a percentage of the registration fees assigned to special efforts statewide.

The six projects promote the intent of the Mt. Charleston License Plate Program by supporting the natural environment of the Mt. Charleston area by improving wildlife habitat, the ecosystem, the forest and public access. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boating not advised at Lahontan Reservoir

July 30, 2008

SILVER SPRINGS, Nev. — Severe drought conditions have contributed to the rapid decrease in water levels at Lahontan Reservoir. The reservoir may reach near historic low levels before the end of summer.

The Silver Springs and North Shore Marina docks have been removed from the water, and the launching ramps are closed.

Dropping reservoir levels continue to expose underwater hazards, and boating is not advised. Visitors are advised to use extreme caution when boating on Lahontan Reservoir and to do so at their own risk.


VIDEO: Solar Utility Vehicle given to Nevada State Parks

July 29, 2008

BP donated a Solar Utility Vehicle to Spring Mountain Ranch outside of Las Vegas, which is part of Nevada’s state park system. Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons was on hand to receive the vehicle and take it for a test drive.


Governor receives report from climate change committee

July 29, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Governor Jim Gibbons today received the final report from his Nevada Climate Change Advisory Committee and received a briefing from committee members outlining key recommendations.

The final report is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work by the committee, which the Governor created by executive order in April 2007. The committee was charged with making “recommendations by which greenhouse gas emissions can be further reduced in Nevada, including the use of renewable energy resources.”

The Governor applauded the work of the committee, which evaluated 63
recommendations before reaching consensus on 28 ideas and prioritizing six of those. The recommendations are grouped into six sections: electricity consumption, residential/commercial/industrial, transportation, waste management, agriculture and “other.”

“I’m delighted this group of people, representing a diverse array of interests, was able to get together and accomplish what I asked of them,” the Governor said. “I’m determined to reduce the amount greenhouse gas emissions we generate here in Nevada, and I look forward to reviewing this report and its recommendations for how to accomplish this goal.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nevada Division of Forestry hosts fire chiefs from Turkmenistan

July 28, 2008
Turkmenistan fire chief trains in Nevada.

Turkmenistan fire chief trains in Nevada.

The Nevada Division of Forestry hosted a delegation from the Turkmenistan Ministry of Interior fire services last week. Eight visitors, who included fire chiefs from each of the country’s five provinces, and two Russian language interpreters, came to Nevada.

This visit was part of an on-going exchange, which is sponsored and funded by the Nevada National Guard’s State Partnership Program. The exchange was a follow-up to an exchange in Turkmenistan in April, where instructors from the Division of Forestry, Sierra Fire Protection District, Airport Authority Fire Department and the National Guard taught wildland-urban interface operations.

“The Turkmen spent the week learning about various aspects of fire fighting operations in Nevada,” said Michael Klug, fire management officer with the Nevada Division of Forestry. Read the rest of this entry »


Stargazing at Washoe Lake State Park Aug. 2

July 24, 2008

Washoe Lake State Park

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev.–Astronomy experts and park rangers invite the public to Washoe Lake State Park on August 2 from 8:00 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. for a stargazing party.

High-powered telescopes will be available to view galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, satellites, the moons of Jupiter and many other fascinating objects in the Milky Way sky.

Bring a light jacket because evenings can be cool.

The park is located on Eastlake Blvd. 10 miles north of Carson City and 15 miles south of Reno off U.S. 395. After entering, go left to the overflow boat lot, just east of the group pavilion area.


Gorgeous Cathedral Gorge (Backyard Traveler)

July 24, 2008
Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

It’s easy to understand why Cathedral Gorge was made into one of Nevada’s first state parks in the 1930s. With its tall, deeply grooved, tan-brown, clay spires rising high above a narrow valley, Cathedral Gorge is something truly unique.

Cathedral Gorge is a place with great texture, beauty and mystery. Deep, shadowy crevices in the craggy cliff walls hint at hidden, dark passageways that lead into the unknown.

Read the complete story at the Backyard Traveler.