Washoe Lake wetlands birding tour July 26

July 21, 2008
Washoe Lake State Park

Washoe Lake State Park

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev.– Take a leisurely stroll through Washoe Lake’s wetlands with park rangers and bird experts on July 26, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Learn ways to identify different birds in the field by sight, sound and behavior

Although the park has a few binoculars available for loan, it is advised visitors bring their own binoculars. Staff will have birding books on hand.

Everyone will meet on July 26 from 8 a.m. through 10 a.m. at the wetlands viewing area The viewing area is located one and a half miles east on East Lake Boulevard off Highway 395, exit 44, between Reno and Carson City.

The program is free.

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Free stargazing event at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park July 26

July 21, 2008

Dangberg Home Ranch

MINDEN, Nev.– Nevada State Parks invites the public to a free stargazing event on Saturday, July 26, at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., park staff along with members of the Astronomical Society of Nevada will be on site with telescopes to view Jupiter, the moon, Milky Way and other astronomical sights in the sky over Carson Valley. People with their own telescopes are welcome to bring them to the event. The event will end at 10:00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »


DCNR Biennial Report released

July 10, 2008

DCNR 2008 Biennial Report


Fuels reduction continuing on Nevada state urban parcels in the Lake Tahoe Basin

July 9, 2008

LAKE TAHOE, Nev.–The Nevada Division of State Lands is continuing fuels reduction work on state-owned, urban parcels on the eastern side of the Lake Tahoe basin. Work consists primarily of brush removal and the thinning of smaller diameter trees in residential areas of Washoe and Douglas counties.

“Reducing hazardous fuel is our primary objective as most of the state-owned parcels are in residential neighborhoods,” said Jim Lawrence, Division of State Lands’ administrator. “We are fulfilling our responsibilities as owners of these parcels.” Read the rest of this entry »


Nevada’s State Engineer releases water right ruling on Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys

July 9, 2008

Ruling grants Southern Nevada Water Authority 18,755 acre-feet annually of 34,752 acre-feet requested

CARSON CITY, Nev.—Nevada’s State Engineer Tracy Taylor released his ruling today on the Cave Valley, Dry Lake Valley and Delamar Valley water right applications filed by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The applications are now held by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Taylor’s ruling grants to SNWA 18,755 acre-feet of water annually. LVVWD applied for 34,752 acre-feet annually in applications that were originally filed in 1989.

Today’s ruling comes after a hearing held in February. Read the rest of this entry »


Beginning map and compass program at Washoe Lake State Park July 12

July 8, 2008
Washoe Lake State Park

Washoe Lake State Park

WASHOE VALLEY, Nev.—The Nevada Division of State Parks is offering a program on map and compass readings at Washoe Lake State Park July 12. Topics include the use of a compass, basic map reading and pacing for distance measurement. By the end of the session, participants will be able to successfully navigate a route on a short map and compass course.

This program will be held 9 a.m. to noon and is limited to 20 participants. Please call  775-687-4319  to reserve a place in the program. Children over the age of 10 are welcome. Participants will meet at the park’s group pavilion.


On Foot: Spooner Lake aspen grove is a summer paradise (Chico ER)

July 8, 2008

Spooner Lake sits in an alpine meadow to the east of Lake Tahoe, almost at the junction of highways 28 and 50. A Nevada State Park, Spooner Lake is part of a trail system that connects Tahoe Rim Trail, Marlette Lake, Spooner Summit and the Great Flume trails that go north from Highway 50 to Mount Rose Interpretive Trail along Highway 431 at the north. Most of these trails are long hauls — 10 and 20-mile treks that gain more than 1,000 feet in elevation.

Spooner Lake is great for families because it’s flat and just a 1.6-mile loop. But the real fun of Spooner Lake is its changing scenery as hikers move around the lake.

At the west end are a number of flat granite boulders that were used by Washoe Indians hundreds of years ago to grind pine nuts and acorns into staples such as biscuits and mush. According to the book, “Lake Tahoe,” by Lisa Gollin Evans, the lake area was the site a summer camps for the Washoe.

Read the complete story at the Chico Enterprise Record.