State Forestry Helicopter Crew Honored for Rescue Mission

April 16, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

Nevada Division of Forestry Pilot Nick Lopes (left) and Helicopter Manager Lee Stewart (right) receive letters of appreciation from Commander Shane Yates, operations manager at Naval Air Station, Fallon, for their assistance in rescuing skiers near Heavenly, Nevada.

MINDEN, Nev. — When a skier went missing from Heavenly Ski Resort on March 3, an air-based search was determined to be the best way to look for the individual in the mountainous terrain.

Within an hour of being called out to the mission, the Nevada Division of Forestry’s helicopter crew spotted the skier. The skier was not in a position to be rescued on foot because of heavy snow, so Fallon Naval Air Station personnel, who were also part of the search and rescue mission, recovered the skier from its helicopter.

Meanwhile, NDF’s crew spotted two more skiers, who also appeared to be in trouble and out of resort’s boundary. Contact was made with the two additional skiers, and it was determined that because of heavy snow and hypothermia setting in, that naval ground crews would rescue the skiers.

NDF’s air operations provide search and rescue support, though the helicopter crew’s primary mission is initial attacks on wildland fires. The crew averages 100 hours of flight time 35 days a year helping to fight wildfires.


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

rshane@forestry.nv.gov

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.


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.

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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 »


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.


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.