Artistic fifth grade students wanted for Arbor Day poster contest

January 27, 2009

Art from the Nevada Arbor Day Poster Contest Hall of Fame

Art from the Nevada Arbor Day Poster Contest Hall of Fame

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s fifth grade students are being sought to showcase their artistic talents by creating posters for the National Arbor Day Foundation’s annual Arbor Day Poster Contest, “Trees are Terrific…in Cities and Towns!”

The activities teach fifth grade students about the important roles urban trees play in their community and meet national and state education standards in science, social studies, math and art.

One poster entry will be selected by Nevada Division of Forestry to represent Nevada in the National Contest. Prizes will be awarded to teachers submitting their school’s winning poster. The deadline for poster entries is Monday March 9, 2009.

Guidelines and a free activity guide are available here or by calling Susan Stead at 775-684-2506.

The last 13 years of Nevada’s winning posters are located here.

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Fire assistance grants available for fuels reduction projects

January 22, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–Fire season is coming upon us and the thought on the minds of many homeowners is, “Would my home survive?”

The Nevada Division of Forestry is seeking applications for the 2009 Wildland Urban Interface grant program’s state fire assistance grants. There is about $1 million available for projects statewide. The purpose of this funding is to mitigate risk of wild fires in wildland-urban interface areas.

Funds can be used for costs associated with implementing on-the-ground hazardous fuels reduction projects, information and education relating to wildland-urban-interface and homeowner and community action projects. Projects must be implemented on state and/or private lands located in Nevada. Projects on federal lands are not eligible.

Applications must be submitted on the approved form available on the Nevada Division of Forestry Web site. The site also contains a more detailed description of the criteria and instructions for eligibility and the scoring criteria that will be used to rank applications.

Applications must be received by the Nevada Division of Forestry no later than 5 p.m. March 27, 2009. Late, incomplete, faxed or electronic applications will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Kacey KC at (775) 684-2511.


Director’s Report: Special Edition

January 20, 2009

[This was sent to DCNR employees Friday, January 16, 2009.]

Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR.

As I am sure you are aware, last night was the Governor’s State of the State address. This event sets the stage for the Executive Branch’s agenda for the upcoming legislative session and formally rolls out the Governor’s Recommended Budget.

Nevada is in a deep economic crisis where revenues are not matching expenditures. The gap is the billions. The Governor pledged in his campaign that he would not raise taxes. As a result, the recommended budget makes some significant programmatic and personnel related reductions to spending.

Some of the issues that are probably are of greatest interest to state employees are:

  • An across-the-board 6% reduction in salaries of state workers (both classified and unclassified) and teachers.
  • Elimination of step increases.
  • Elimination of longevity pay.
  • Impacts to the insurance subsidies for state workers and retirees.

Note that the Governor characterized these salary reductions as temporary and indicated he would reinstate them (including calling a special legislative session) when economic conditions improve. Read the rest of this entry »


Two-Day Burn Project in Little Valley

January 9, 2009
Nevada Division of Forestry winter fuels treatment project in the Sierras.

Nevada Division of Forestry winter fuels treatment project in the Sierras.

Click here for a slideshow.

During a two-day burn in Little Valley, just west of Washoe Valley, the Nevada Division of Forestry conducted a controlled burn of wood piles from previously thinned forest lands. The NDF helicopter inserted two 12 person crews one day and 130 piles were burned. On day two the helicopter inserted three 12 person crews and 250 piles were burned. A total of 380 piles burned, an effort which helps enhance forest health in the Sierras.


Dangberg interpreter speaks in Gardnerville today (Record Courier)

January 8, 2009

The artifacts in the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park give clues into the history of the family and to the history of Carson Valley.
Park interpreter Mark Jensen discusses the Dangberg Home Ranch at the Douglas County Historical Society’s free lecture series, 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Jensen will give a slide presentation of images from the collection and tell stories about the Dangberg family.

“The images are of how we found the house when we took it over in 2005 and how it is today,” said Jensen. “I’ll give an introduction to the Dangberg family and their importance to Carson Valley history — and how they were just your regular old neighbors down the road.”

Read the complete story at the Record Courier.


January Director’s Report

January 6, 2009

This was sent yesterday to DCNR employees.

Good morning to everyone in DCNR and welcome to 2009. I hope you had a great holiday season.

Budget update

Not great news for state revenues. While gaming wins were slightly better than revised projections, they are still well below numbers from a year ago. In addition, sales tax revenues are down. Nevada has slipped from one of the top two fastest growing states to number eight (Utah is now number one). With these reductions in revenues, Nevada’s gap between revenues and expenditures is still of great concern.

On December 31 the Governor submitted base budget numbers to the legislature as well as general budget figures for the next biennium. The Governor’s State of the State address will be January 15. The entire Governor Recommended budget will be released at that time. As you are aware, per the Nevada Constitution, the Governor must submit a balanced budget. As I have mentioned before, this is only the first step in a long process of negotiation between the Legislative and Executive branches. I anticipate spirited debates.

I’m sure you have seen news reports outlining the recommendations of the SAGE Commission. These are recommendations only and will need to be thoroughly vetted through the Governor and the legislature. No need to push the panic button. I will try to keep you informed of the major issues impacting our budgets, pay and benefits over the next six months. Read the rest of this entry »


Arborist training offered in Reno January 13-15

January 6, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoRENO, Nev. — The Nevada Shade Tree Council, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the City of Reno are sponsoring an arborist training series to improve tree care skills and prepare those interested in taking the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Examination.

The series is in three 8-hour sessions, January 13-15, 2009, and will be held at the City of Reno Horsemen’s Park at 2800 Pioneer Road in Reno. The $75.00 registration fee and application are due no later than January, 8.

A registration form can be downloaded at www.forestry.nv.gov or by request to the Nevada Division of Forestry at 775-684-2506.

An ISA Certified Arborist Examination will be held on February 17 with the Nevada Landscape Association Conference. Contact ISA at www.isa-arbor.com for information on the exam.