The Department’s Top Five Most Read Stories in 2008

December 31, 2008

As we look forward to 2009, we thought it would be nice to look back at our top five stories of 2008. Here they are, ranked in order of most visited, starting with number 1.

  1. Nevada’s State Engineer releases water right ruling on Cave, Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys
  2. Big Bend State Recreation Area opens new campground (Mohave Valley News)
  3. Nevada Division of Forestry first responders personally impacted by Wells earthquake
  4. State Parks ranger gives first-hand account of Fernley flood rescues
  5. Brush fire burning southeast of Washoe Lake (Nevada Appeal)
    Big Bend State Recreation Area, Nevada

    Big Bend State Recreation Area, Nevada



Christmas at the Dangberg Historic Home Ranch

December 24, 2008

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley’s first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. Christmas at the Dangberg Home Ranch has been reconstructed with historic artifacts, toys and decorations. Park Interpreter Mark Jensen narrates this video and describes the Ranch’s Christmas time exhibit.

The 2009 Fire and Ice Festival Celebrates the 100th birthday of Steam Engine # 93

December 18, 2008

[Submitted news release.]

The 2009 White Pine County Fire and Ice Festival, held at Cave Lake State Park January 17-18, is going to be a sight to behold. This year the festival will begin with the 100th birthday celebration of this nation’s best preserved short line railroad with steam engine #93.

On Saturday January 17, 2009, at 5:00 pm the train will pull out of the station in Ely, Nevada along with two cars filled with passengers and one VIP car. The passengers will be given an hour long tour of the area, and then on their way back into Ely, fireworks will go off from the train itself — a never seen before event

There will also be a train ride the following morning, Sunday January 18th, at 9:30. Both are open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008

December 18, 2008

Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008. Click to enlarge.

Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008. Click to enlarge.

Cooperating across state lines to protect Tahoe

December 15, 2008

Lake Tahoe Nevada State ParkBackyard conservation can have far-reaching effects, as homeowners in two states of the Lake Tahoe Basin learn from cooperating conservation districts

(Article courtesy of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ report, Our Land, Our Water.)

Cooperation across state lines between two conservation districts is helping residents in the Lake Tahoe basin protect one of America’s best-known water bodies.

Lodged in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe was developed rapidly and not always wisely in the mid-20th century. With multiple jurisdictions in the basin, including two states, cooperation is the key to making conservation gains.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District in California and the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District in Nevada have the daunting task of helping about 40,000 residential property owners in the basin comply with mandated best management practices (BMP). Their work is part of a broader strategy to reduce sediment and nutrient impacts on water quality in Lake Tahoe and improve overall forest resource management. Read the rest of this entry »

Tackling Noxious Weeds a Watershed at a Time

December 4, 2008


The Mason and Smith Valley conservation districts in Nevada participated with partners in a Streambank Soil Bioengineering Technical Training Workshop. The site was experiencing drastic bank erosion. Partners in the workshop included the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Nevada Division of Water Resources. Workshop participants reshaped the stream bank, installed rock refusal trenches, rock and vegetated barbs, willow bundles, juniper revetments, live stakes and erosion control blankets.

The Mason and Smith Valley conservation districts in Nevada participated in a Streambank Soil Bioengineering Technical Training Workshop. The site was experiencing drastic bank erosion.

Controlling noxious weeds requires watershed approaches and strong partnerships. Two conservation districts have joined forces with local, state and federal partners to get the work done.

(Images and article courtesy of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ report, Our Land, Our Water.)

Gaining a foothold in efforts to eradicate noxious weeds is like herding cats. They’re not always where you want them to be.

That’s one of the lessons learned by partners in noxious weed control on the Walker River basin in western Nevada. But the weeds may be corralled by a project that focuses on pinpointing where they are and then eradicating them a watershed at a time. The first step is developing a comprehensive map.

“We’ve known for some time that a comprehensive map is not available,” says Michelle Langsdorf, district manager of the Mason Valley and Smith Valley conservation districts. The districts chair the Walker River Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA), comprised of landowners and local, state and federal agencies. “All the stake-holders in the basin got together to find those gray areas where noxious weeds aren’t targeted or funding is not available. Those are the areas where weeds thrive most,” she says.

The partners decided to coordinate efforts to have a greater impact. The conservation districts have a central role. The partners decided to address weeds on a watershed basin. The Walker River has east and west branches that join into a main stem. Each of the stems has a reservoir that serves agricultural producers who grow alfalfa, garlic and onion and graze cattle and sheep. Read the rest of this entry »

Dangberg Home Ranch to host holiday toy exhibit December 12-14

December 2, 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, invites the public to attend a celebration of the holidays. The event will feature an exhibit of antique toys, Christmas cards and decorations from the park’s extensive collection. Visitors will enjoy hearing music played on the Dangberg’s 1916 Knabe and Company grand piano.

Displayed exhibit items will include: a variety of stuffed animals, dolls, card games and other toys from the early decades of the 20th century, as well as board games, construction sets and other play items from the 1930s and 1940s. These items are examples of the childhood play from two generations of the Dangberg family.

“The park’s collection of antique toys is a lot of fun,” said Park Interpreter Mark Jensen. “We have Kewpie dolls, early Mickey Mouse toys, cast-iron trains, ‘Tinker Toys,’ board games from the 1910s such as ‘Department Store’ and ‘Sailor Boy,’ ‘Lincoln Logs’ and other and other toys that will make park visitors laugh, think and reminisce.” Read the rest of this entry »