Budget cutbacks could reduce funding for Nevada’s state parks (LVRJ)

February 17, 2009
Mandy Keefer, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Mandy Keefer, Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

LAS VEGAS — Mandy Keefer manned the fort by herself Friday, a job the park ranger can handle without much difficulty during tough economic times when tourism is down and visitors are scarce.

On Fridays in past years the place would have been bustling with bus loads of schoolchildren eager to learn about the 1855 adobe fort built by pioneers that put Las Vegas on the map as a way station for travelers heading west.

On this day, though, and like most in recent months, the grounds inside Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park were empty. Only a few visitors milled around displays inside a museum at the entrance.

Read the complete story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


Public Hearing on CO2 Emissions Set for March 25

February 12, 2009

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Logo

White Pine Energy Center Power Plant
Public Hearing on CO2 Emissions Set for March 25

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Air Pollution Control, will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Ely, Nevada, following an agency determination on CO2 “Greenhouse Gas” Emissions.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Bristlecone Convention Center, Bristlecone Room, 150 Sixth Street, Ely, Nevada.

LS Power intends to move forward with this project. However, in light of an Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) ruling on CO2 emissions, NDEP is inviting the public to comment on the agency’s determination. Public comment has already been closed on our technical review of the White Pine Energy Center and at this time we are limiting public comment solely to the agency’s determination on CO2 as it relates to the Clean Air Act. The Agency position remains the same that there are currently no federal or state clean air standards or regulations that govern carbon dioxide emissions or other greenhouse gas emissions for power plants.

Since NDEP’s original determination there have been a number of actions, including the EAB ruling regarding Deseret Power that reaffirms our position that greenhouse gases are not subject to state or federal air quality standards. However, NDEP is presenting the basis for our determination to the public through this public hearing.

According to Michael Elges, bureau chief for Air Pollution Control, “We understand this is an ever evolving issue. LS Power has elected to move forward with their project, in response to that action NDEP prepared an agency determination pursuant to greenhouse gases. And we are accepting comments solely on our determination.” Read the rest of this entry »

Natural resources budget may be cut (AP)

February 10, 2009

Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Allen Biaggi, right, State Forester Firewarden, Division of Forestry Pete Anderson, center, and Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Director Kay Scherer, listen Monday after testifying in front of the Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining at the Nevada Legislature. Photo by Brad Horn/Nevada Appeal.


Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Allen Biaggi, right, State Forester Firewarden, Division of Forestry Pete Anderson, center, and Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Director Kay Scherer, listen Monday after testifying in front of the Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining at the Nevada Legislature. Photo by Brad Horn/Nevada Appeal.


Lawmakers were told Monday that Gov. Jim Gibbons’ proposed budget cuts would result in limited state park operations, closure of a camp for prison inmate firefighters and an end to a commission that protects Nevada’s wild horse herds. [Clarification: The Wild Horse Commission’s trust funds are running out because of the economy, which is irrespective of the Governor’s recommended budget. The AP article expands upon this point at the end of the article.]

State Forester Pete Anderson said the budget cuts will require closure of the Tonopah Conservation Camp, which houses state prison inmates who help fight forest fires and work on various conservation projects. That would leave eight conservation camps around the state.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

Conservation plants for sale at state nursery

February 5, 2009
NDF nursery in Las Vegas

NDF nursery in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Division of Forestry State Tree Nursery in Las Vegas is open to the public year-round and is offering many adapted species for land owners in the Las Vegas area.

The nursery is designed to assist landowners by providing plant material suitable for conservation uses such as, but not limited to, windbreaks, soil erosion control, water conservation and wildlife habitats.

The nursery has more than 50 species available right now. For the nursery policy and plant list, please visit http://www.forestry.nv.gov/main/nursey_c.htm.

Most species are available in 1-gallon containers for $2.50, but some species are offered in larger 5- and 15-gallon containers for $8.25 and $22.00.

The nursery is open by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday, and Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and will be open Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm during the month of April. The nursery is located at 9600 Tule Springs Dr.

Call 702-486-5411 for more information.

Nevada State Parks to hold recreational trails funding meetings

February 4, 2009

Hobart Reservoir, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of State Parks is holding the 2009 Recreational Trails Committee meetings to evaluate applications for 2009 federal funding. The meetings will be held in the Division of Water Resources Conference Room on February 24 and 25 in the Bryan Building located at 901 S. Stewart Street in Carson City. The meeting will begin at 9 am on Tuesday, February 24 and at 8 am on Wednesday, February 25.

The committee will be reviewing applications for federal grants to support recreational trail development and maintenance throughout Nevada.

The building is ADA accessible. Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations for assistance are requested to notify Randy Moore at 775-684-2775 no later than two days prior to the meetings.

For information, contact Randy Moore at 775-684-2775 or by email at rlmoore@parks.nv.gov.

Director’s Report: February 2009

February 4, 2009

[NOTE: This was sent to DCNR employees yesterday afternoon.]

Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR.

The legislature has begun! For many of us the next four months will be a busy time. It is also the time of year my wife complains because she has to help me iron my dress shirts! This promises to be the most interesting session in recent memory. There are a lot of issues on the table from agency budgets to employee pay and retirement benefits, not to mention all of the policy and program issues. I encourage you to keep in touch through the media outlets and blogs for legislative progress on these critical issues.

DCNR Legislation and Employee Participation

The 2009 session of the Nevada Legislature is likely to have a more direct impact on state employees that any in the last five decades. As citizens of Nevada and as state employees you have the right to testify on your own behalf at legislative hearings. I would never suggest denying or stifling your right to participate in the legislative process. I do ask, however, that if you do provide input to the legislature, either in writing or in person, that you do so using your own personal resources and time. This means not using the state computer or supplies and taking leave when testifying or otherwise participating in the process. I also ask that you make it clear that you are providing your own personal input and not representing your program, division or department. This should eliminate any confusion on the part of the legislators and keep us all out of trouble! Read the rest of this entry »

Register Now for Carson Valley’s 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event

February 2, 2009

[Submitted news release.]

Dangberg Home Ranch

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The Carson Valley agricultural and ranching community, along with the Carson Valley Visitors Authority, the Audubon Society, the Great Basin Birding Observatory and the conservation community have announced that the unique birds of prey viewing and agricultural education experience, the 7th Annual Eagles and Agriculture Event, will take place February 27 – March 1, 2009.

The ‘Eagles and Ag’ tours and workshops focus on the influx of bald eagles and other birds of prey that come to the scenic Carson Valley to feed on the rodents and nutrient-rich afterbirth during the winter calving season. This remarkable interaction between nature and agriculture attracts photographers, birders and nature-lovers of all kinds who come to closely observe bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and a variety of other bird and wildlife species. A complete schedule of events and information can be viewed at www.visitcarsonvalley.org.

Friday evening, February 27, there will be a Birds of Prey Lecture and Reception featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Smith, Hawkwatch International. Additionally, Doug Busselman, the Executive Vice President of the Nevada Farm Bureau will discuss Nevada Agriculture, Falconer Lew Souder will present a live Northern Goshawk; and Falconer Mark Moglich will display a live ornate Hawk Eagle. The $35 per person entry fee includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. A special price of $30 is extended to those participants that are also attending the Saturday Ranch Tour. Read the rest of this entry »