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April 23, 2009

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Nevada Division of State Parks offers a chance to win $50,000

April 16, 2009

 

Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

Echo Canyon State Park in Nevada

PIOCHE, Nev. — There is $50,000 swimming in either Echo Canyon State Park or Spring Valley State Park. The catch is that the cash must be caught.

Several tagged fish in each reservoir are cash prize winners, but only one is worth $50,000.

To have a shot at catching one of these valuable fish, a Tagged Fishing event will be held May 2 from 7:00 a.m. through 5 p.m. and May 3 from 7:00 a.m. through noon at both the Echo Canyon and Spring Valley state parks.

Registration for the Tagged Fishing Event has begun and will continue up to the day of the event. Only 500 participants are allowed.

Participants may register at the Eagle Valley Resort in Ursine, Nevada on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is open to all ages. For more information, contact the Eagle Valley Resort at 775-962-5293.


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.


Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park to open for tours April 22

April 16, 2009

Dangberg Home Ranch

MINDEN, Nev. — Nevada State Parks invites the public to tour the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located just west of Minden in Douglas County on Highway 88. The park features several historic buildings constructed between 1857 and 1916, and the main residence, which was once one of the most prominent homes in Carson Valley.

Park tours include a discussion of Dangberg family history with displays of artifacts from the 19th century through the 1980s. A variety of historic objects — including furniture, clothing, books, dishes, artwork, photographs, phonographs and other items — give insight into the lives of four generations of Nevadans. The park’s collection of farm equipment and its buildings help to understand Carson Valley agricultural history.

Tours begin April 22 and are conducted Wednesday through Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. The tours last about one hour.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the park at 775-783-9417 or emailing dangbergranch@parks.nv.gov. Tours are limited to ten people, but larger groups can request special arrangements in advance. Tour admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

The Dangberg Home Ranch was settled by Carson Valley pioneer Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg, Sr., in 1857. By the time of his death in 1904, he had created a 20,000-acre empire — one of the Carson Valley’s largest ranches — with the Home Ranch at its center. His children, including H. F. Dangberg, Jr., founded the Dangberg Land and Livestock Co., a collection of cattle and sheep ranches, orchards and other businesses that grew to 48,000 acres by the middle of the 20th century. In 1905, the company founded the town of Minden.


Valley of Fire State Park planning workshops to be held May 6 and May 7

April 16, 2009

valleyoffireLAS VEGAS — The Nevada Division of State Parks is holding public workshops on the development of a general management plan for Valley of Fire State Park. This effort involves an expanded update of the park’s 1990 master plan to include resource management and park operations.

The first meeting will be on May 6, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a presentation at 6:30 pm, at the Las Vegas Region Office located at 4747 W. Vegas Drive, Las Vegas, Nev.

The second meeting will be on May 7, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a formal presentation at 6:30 pm, at the Overton Community Center located at 320 N. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, Nev.

“Valley of Fire is one of our top priorities and we are inviting the public to attend and provide input into the park’s future development and operation. The existing plan is almost 20 years old and Clark County has had significant population increases. Recreation use has changed radically so the park’s new plan needs to reflect those changes,” said Dave Morrow, administrator of the Nevada Division of State Parks. “Much has changed since the 1990 master plan was completed. We need to revise and expand the plan so the park meets the needs of current and future visitors.”

The two meetings are being held in separate locations to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending. The agendas are the same for both meetings. Information is available online at http://parks.nv.gov/masterplans/ValleyofFire/ValleyofFire.html.

Contact Jenny Scanland at 775-684-2787 for additional information.


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.

Budgets

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 »


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 »