New news site for DCNR News

April 23, 2009

We migrated our news site to be integrated with DCNR’s main website. We will no longer be updating this WordPress site.

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Division of Forestry, Spring Creek High School and FFA Tree Sale

April 16, 2009

ELKO, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Forestry, Spring Creek High School, and the Silver Sage FFA Chapter are once again teaming up to bring northeastern Nevadans a wide selection of conservation trees and shrubs at reasonable costs.

There are 21 different species of shrubs, deciduous trees and evergreen trees available. Tree and shrub seedlings range from $2.25 to $3.75 each, depending on the size of the seedling and container. Plants are for conservation purposes for properties of at least one acre in size.

Plants are sold on a pre-order basis only. The deadline to place a pre-order is May 7, 2009. Pre-orders are to be picked up on either May 15 or 16 at the Spring Creek High School greenhouse, nine miles southeast on the Lamoille Highway. To receive an order form and a list of the plants with associated costs, please contact:

Ryan Shane
Nevada Division of Forestry
911 Falcon Lane
Elko, NV 89801
(775) 738-3454

Order forms may also be picked up at the following locations:

  • Spring Creek High School
  • Spring Creek Association Office
  • NRCS Elko Office
  • NV Cooperative Extension Offices
  • NDF Spring Creek Fire Station #24
  • NDF Regional Headquarters in Elko
  • NDF Conservation Camps (Carlin and Wells)

Plant materials are from the NDF nursery in Washoe Valley and are selected for their adaptability to the region’s soils and climate. The plants come to Elko as container stock, making them easy to take home and transplant.

April Director’s Report

April 2, 2009

Good morning to everyone in DCNR.

The Nevada Legislature is now at the halfway point (assuming no special sessions). I thought you would appreciate a quick update on the first 60 days.


As previously reported, budget hearings began in January, even before the official start of the session. Since that first high-level overview hearing, we have had a number of more detailed hearings before the Joint Finance Subcommittee.

This session has been like no other I have ever experienced. Instead of defending requests for budget enhancements, we have spent much of the hearings detailing our reductions. The members of the Subcommittee have been very sympathetic to our cuts and the potential impacts to our agency missions, Nevada citizens, visitors and our employees.

On March 30, the Subcommittee recommended closure of a portion of DCNR’s budgets, which is the first step toward finalizing the proposed budgets. This hearing included the Director’s Office, the Wild Horse Commission, Conservation Districts, Natural Heritage, the State Environmental Commission and several budget accounts from the Division of Forestry.

Closure hearings before the Subcommittee for the remainder of our budget accounts will continue in April and May, followed by final closure hearings before the full “money” committees. 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.

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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 »