Dangberg Ranch features historic clothing exhibit Oct. 31

October 22, 2008

Hat collection at Dangberg Ranch

Hat collection at Dangberg Ranch

MINDEN, Nev. — The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, operated by the Nevada Division of State Parks in collaboration with Douglas County, will display portions of its collection of historic clothing in a special exhibit over the Nevada Day weekend.
Items to be shown in the exhibit include clothing from the 1890s through the 1960s. Highlights include the wedding gown worn by Gertrude Dangberg in her 1898 wedding, a ball gown she wore to Carson City parties in 1903 and Henry Fred Dangberg, Jr.’s tuxedos from the first decades of the 20th century.
Children’s clothing from the early 1900s will be displayed, including a pair of bib overalls from the 1890s that are the oldest Levi’s known to exist in Nevada. Beaded dresses from the 1920s, evening gowns from the 1930s, and casual dresses in a variety of styles from the 1930s through the 1950s will also be shown. Selections from the park’s collection of jewelry, shoes, hats, gloves and purses will round out the exhibit. Read the rest of this entry »


Nevada’s wetlands prioritized in new conservation report

October 21, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A new report released this month identifies Nevada’s wetlands and ranks them in order of priority based on conservation need. The Nevada Natural Heritage Program, a division within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, released the report to inform land and natural resource managers about priority wetlands, their locations, rank and the factors that determine priority status.

“This report represents the first ever attempt at comprehensive prioritizing of the state’s wetland resources,” said Jennifer Newmark, administrator of the Natural Heritage Program. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates Nevada wetland losses amounted to 52 percent from 1780 through 1980.” Read the rest of this entry »

Washoe Lake State Park, a fall pictorial

October 17, 2008

Washoe Lake State Park is beautiful this time of year. The water level is down, most of the campers are gone, but the views remain stunning. A mid-week, late-afternoon stroll through the park yielded diverse fall colors, a few birds in the bird watching area and scenes like fine-art paintings. Click the image above to view a slide-show — and if you get a chance, spend an afternoon there, especially while it’s still warm.

Nevada State Forester selected to co-lead Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

October 16, 2008


Pete Anderson, Nevada State Forester

Pete Anderson, Nevada State Forester

DENVER — Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson was selected this month to serve as co-leader of the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC), an organization that promotes science-based forest management.

“The WFLC is a critically important partnership, one that acknowledges our issues across boundaries and landscapes,” Anderson said.

Anderson also leads the Council of Western State Foresters. Established in 1988, the Council of Western State Foresters is a nonpartisan organization of state, territorial, and commonwealth foresters of the western US and Pacific Islands.

The CWSF works closely with the WFLC, which has its origins in the USFS State and Private Forestry Programs that provide technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the nation’s private and public forests and protect communities and the environment from devastating wildland fires. Read the rest of this entry »

Water quality award presented to Roland Westergard

October 13, 2008


Allen Biaggi, DCNR director, and former Director Roland Westergard

Allen Biaggi, DCNR director, and former Director Roland Westergard

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Longtime water resource advocate Roland Westergard was recognized today by the State of Nevada for his lifetime of dedication to the protection of the state’s precious water resources.


The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) presented its 2008 Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award to Westergard at a ceremony at the offices of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in Carson City, with members of his family and many friends and colleagues in attendance. The award recognizes his nearly 50 years of work in water quality protection and water conservation education, especially relating to Lake Tahoe.

Westergard is past director of DCNR and played a key role in the Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA), which was signed last month after 20 years of negotiation. A major focus of TROA is water quality.

As a member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s (TRPA) governing board from 1983 to 1998, including being chair for two years, Westergard was instrumental in the development of several milestone water policies, including the bi-state compact with California and the development of water quality standards that establish beneficial uses of the lake and criteria to protect those uses. The compact was approved Congress and signed into law in 1990. Read the rest of this entry »

Nevada’s Wild Horses, Part II: Life Skills (video)

October 7, 2008

Behind the scenes at the Nevada Department of Corrections looking at the wild horse training program in Carson City. This is part 2 of 4. View part I here.

Public comment needed on winter boat ramp hours for Sand Harbor and Cave Rock

October 6, 2008

INCLINE VILLAGE / STATELINE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is requesting public comment for open boat ramp operating hours and days of the week, at both the Sand Harbor and Cave Rock launch facilities.

Effective November 1, 2008, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is requiring that aquatic invasive species boat inspectors be present when boat ramps at Lake Tahoe are open. Quagga and Zebra mussels are a significant threat to Tahoe’s ecosystem and quality of recreation. Boat inspections will help protect the lake from this problem.

The park is holding a call-in and email period Monday and Tuesday, October 13 and 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please call 775-684-2793 or email tahoe@parks.nv.gov and answer the following questions regarding comments for operating the Sand Harbor and Cave Rock boat launches between October 1, 2008 through April 30, 2009:

  1. Do you operate a motorized boat at Lake Tahoe?
  2. What days of the week do you use your boat at Lake Tahoe?
  3. What hours of the day do you use your boat at Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park appreciates the public’s involvement in helping set boat ramp operating hours and your understanding with the need to protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species.