Nevada Division of Environmental Protection approves Jerritt Canyon Mine’s plan to restart milling operations

March 25, 2009
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Logo

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has announced the completion of initial environmental compliance requirements at Queenstake Resources’ Jerritt Canyon Mine, a major producer of gold in northern Elko County. This determination will allow Jerritt Canyon Mine’s milling and ore processing operations to restart.

“Queenstake Resources has met all requirements to restart. There are requirements to continue operation and we’ll be working with Queenstake to ensure those are met in the near future,” said NDEP Administrator Leo Drozdoff.

The NDEP has worked with mine personnel continuously during the past six months. Air and water issues have been resolved to a level that will allow Jerritt Canyon Mine to begin processing ore. The restart will allow Queenstake Resources to rehire workers, generate revenue and continue required environmental work at the site. Read the rest of this entry »


Officials try to avert Tahoe beetle infestation (RGJ)

March 25, 2009

Foresters have issued a “call to action” to prevent further spread of a major bark beetle epidemic, with targeted land including the Lake Tahoe area and other parts of the Sierra.

About 2.4 million acres of “high priority” at risk of being overrun by beetles have been identified for potential treatment by the Council of Western State Foresters. Much of the land is in the Sierra and near communities where widespread tree mortality could produce extreme fire danger.

Read the complete story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Kershaw-Ryan Campground Opening March 30, 2009

March 19, 2009

CALIENTE, Nev.— A new 15 unit campground at Kershaw-Ryan State Park will open Monday, March 30, 2009.

The opening of the new facilities adds to the park’s many amenities, including potable water, shade armadas, tables and grills, flush toilets, coin operated showers and an RV dump station.

One of the new camp sites is designed to accommodate those with disabilities. The camping fee is $10 per night and camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.


New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park

New Campground at Kershaw Ryan State Park

Western State Foresters Support Call to Action in New Bark Beetle Publication

March 16, 2009


Bark beetle in Tahoe-area forest.

Bark beetle in Tahoe-area forest.

DENVER — The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) supports the ‘call to action’ in the recent Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) publication, The Western Bark Beetle Assessment: A Framework for Cooperative Forest Stewardship- 2nd Edition. As the bark beetle epidemic continues to decimate western forests the WFLC updated the 2-year old report so that information can be utilized now for quick on-the-ground action. The report includes new information on the importance of trees in storing carbon, progress over the past five years and a call to action.

Currently, over 7 million acres of western forests contain dead or dying trees due to bark beetle outbreaks. According to the recent assessment, approximately 22 million additional acres of western forests, on both public and private land, are likely to experience significant (over 25%) tree mortality from bark beetles over the next 15 years.

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Critical Nevada conservation projects receive stimulus package funds

March 13, 2009


SPARKS, Nev. – U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today that as part of the agency’s participation in the nation’s economic recovery program, the Nevada Division of Forestry will receive more than $1.3 million to fund Lincoln County conservation projects. These Nevada projects are part of the initial 10 percent selected for the first round of Forest Service funding.           

“This is tremendous news for the State of Nevada,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “These funds will help create 24 full-time jobs in Nevada and will retain four existing jobs while improving critical range and forest lands. I thank the Forest Service for awarding these dollars and applaud the Nevada Division of Forestry for quickly and successfully securing these competitive funds for Nevada.”

Federal stimulus funds for the projects total $1,314,100. Read the rest of this entry »

Director’s Report, March 2009

March 9, 2009

[NOTE: This was sent to DCNR employees last week.]

Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR. I hope you are having a great late winter.

Budget Update

We have now gone through three sets of hearings where we presented our division budgets in detail and fielded a number of questions. One outcome of those hearings has been considerable news coverage in the print and broadcast media. One bright spot has been the stated appreciation of legislators for what we do and how important our mission is to our citizens and visitors.

The active part of the budget process for us is pretty much over. Other than answering the occasional question or two, the budgets are in the hands of the legislators. At this point, it is difficult to predict an outcome, especially in light of the recent projections of continued revenue declines. The process is primarily wait-and-see at this point, and I don’t expect any real decisions for another month or two. I will update you as milestones occur. Read the rest of this entry »

Dam Safety Association Seeks Federal Investment to Repair Nation’s Dams

March 2, 2009

Nevada Engineer Rob Martinez says public safety at stake

Dam Safety

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) released last month new numbers on the national cost of rehabilitating the nation’s non-federal dams. The association recommends a federal program to fund rehabilitation of dams, which will encourage state funding programs and stretch the funding pool to maximize the number of dams that will be rehabilitated.

As the new Congress and administration focus funding on infrastructure improvements and the American Society of Civil Engineers releases its 2009 Infrastructure Report Card, dam safety officials announced new estimates for upgrades to non-federal dams.

The cost of needed dam repairs nationwide is $50 billion, including $16 billion for high-hazard-potential dams. These cost estimates have increased significantly since the Association’s 2003 report ($36 billion for all dams and $10.1 billion for high-hazard-potential dams). Of the $16 billion directed toward high-hazard dams (those whose failure would likely cause loss of human life), roughly $8.7 billion is needed to repair publicly owned dams with the remaining $7.3 billion needed for privately owned dams.

Rob Martinez, chief of engineering and dam safety with the Nevada Division of Water Resources and the current ASDO president, said that “rehabilitating dams not only sustains their benefits, but also protects public safety. Read the rest of this entry »