High Desert Council gets federal funds for new projects in southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Laurelle Hughes, president, High Desert Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., and Ron Davidson, acting state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Nevada, have signed an agreement to partner on five new projects in southern Nevada.

The five projects will stimulate economic development and increase conservation efforts in southern Nevada. “We’re really excited about these new opportunities to help our rural areas,” said Hughes. “The projects will create jobs and make the areas better places to live.”

The projects are:

  • Salt-cedar removal will continue on private parcels in Oasis and Pahrump valleys, Nye County. Amargosa toad habitat will be enhanced on one parcel in Beatty. Work is being done by Southern Nye County Conservation District, Beatty Habitat Committee, and Amargosa Conservancy.
  • The Town of Silver Peak in Esmeralda County will install their first solar powered street lights along Montezuma Avenue.
  • Agricultural land in Lincoln County will be treated for priority noxious weeds.
  • A new farmers’ market will be developed in Caliente in conjunction with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Lincoln County Conservation District.
  • In Henderson’s Acacia Park, the Tomiyasu Memorial Garden will receive a new shade grove and a dedication stone with the help of the Conservation District of Southern Nevada and City of Henderson.

The High Desert RC&D Council has been helping rural residents in southern Nevada since 1998. Previous projects include helping create the Children’s Park in Alamo, producing the Fugitive Dust handbook to improve air quality in Las Vegas, conducting grant writing workshops, and raising native seed for revegetation efforts. The Council is also helping make Bootleg Canyon Park out of a retired rock quarry in Boulder City

Four RC&D councils provide service to communities in Nevada. In addition to the High Desert RC&D area in southern Nevada, the Western Nevada RC&D covers west-central Nevada, Da Ka Doiyabe RC&D covers northeastern Nevada, and North Cal-Neva RC&D covers northern Washoe County.

For more information about the High Desert RC&D, contact Teri Knight, coordinator, at  (702) 262-9047  x 108 or visit the NRCS Web site at http://www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov.

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