Grants awarded for conservation projects at Mt. Charleston

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.

“The license plate program offers citizens a wonderful opportunity to participate in the stewardship of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, a national asset right in our own backyard,” said Alan O’Neill, executive director for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, a member of the license plate program technical review committee. “What is really exciting is that the license plate dollars also leveraged private funds for each of the six projects selected for funding which results in building additional capacity for educating the public about this special place and for assisting in its stewardship.”

The projects are located on both the west and east sides of the mountain and are supported by Clark and Nye Counties, the Mt. Charleston Town Advisory Board, Outside Las Vegas and other interest groups all in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. The approved projects include:

  • “Mt. Charleston communities fire hydrant marker flags” ($1,793, awarded to Mt. Charleston Fire Department).
  • “Keeper of Wheeler Well” ($13,030 awarded to the Pahrump Arts Council).
  • “OHV Host Program” partnership for public education, environmental rehabilitation and trail improvements ($25,000 awarded to Southern Nevada Conservancy).
  • “Wilderness Stewardship Program” partnership for public education and environmental rehabilitation ($25,000 awarded to Friends of Nevada Wilderness).
  • “Mt. Charleston Community Gateways” sign project ($25,000 awarded to the Mt. Charleston Town Board).
  • “Mt. Charleston Birding Brochures” project ($14,700 awarded to the Red Rock Audubon Society).

“I am pleased that the citizens of Nevada who have these beautiful plates on their cars will soon see their money going to work on projects that are important to the mountain and all of us,” said Skip Canfield, program manager in the Nevada Division of State Lands, State Land Use Planning Agency.

For information, please contact Skip Canfield at 775-684-2723.


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