March 25, 2009
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 »
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.
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
March 16, 2009
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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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 »
March 2, 2009
Nevada Engineer Rob Martinez says public safety at stake
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 »