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 »

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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.


Director’s Report: February 2009

February 4, 2009

[NOTE: This was sent to DCNR employees yesterday afternoon.]

Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR.

The legislature has begun! For many of us the next four months will be a busy time. It is also the time of year my wife complains because she has to help me iron my dress shirts! This promises to be the most interesting session in recent memory. There are a lot of issues on the table from agency budgets to employee pay and retirement benefits, not to mention all of the policy and program issues. I encourage you to keep in touch through the media outlets and blogs for legislative progress on these critical issues.

DCNR Legislation and Employee Participation

The 2009 session of the Nevada Legislature is likely to have a more direct impact on state employees that any in the last five decades. As citizens of Nevada and as state employees you have the right to testify on your own behalf at legislative hearings. I would never suggest denying or stifling your right to participate in the legislative process. I do ask, however, that if you do provide input to the legislature, either in writing or in person, that you do so using your own personal resources and time. This means not using the state computer or supplies and taking leave when testifying or otherwise participating in the process. I also ask that you make it clear that you are providing your own personal input and not representing your program, division or department. This should eliminate any confusion on the part of the legislators and keep us all out of trouble! Read the rest of this entry »


Cooperating across state lines to protect Tahoe

December 15, 2008

Lake Tahoe Nevada State ParkBackyard conservation can have far-reaching effects, as homeowners in two states of the Lake Tahoe Basin learn from cooperating conservation districts

(Article courtesy of the National Association of Conservation Districts’ report, Our Land, Our Water.)

Cooperation across state lines between two conservation districts is helping residents in the Lake Tahoe basin protect one of America’s best-known water bodies.

Lodged in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe was developed rapidly and not always wisely in the mid-20th century. With multiple jurisdictions in the basin, including two states, cooperation is the key to making conservation gains.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District in California and the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District in Nevada have the daunting task of helping about 40,000 residential property owners in the basin comply with mandated best management practices (BMP). Their work is part of a broader strategy to reduce sediment and nutrient impacts on water quality in Lake Tahoe and improve overall forest resource management. Read the rest of this entry »


November 2008 Director’s update

November 10, 2008

[NOTE: This was sent to DCNR employees today.]

Good afternoon to everyone in DCNR.

The following is my November report on activities within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Budget update

As you have undoubtedly seen on television or in the newspapers, state tax revenues continue to decline and are not meeting revised expectations. The Governor and legislative leadership are meeting to try to find solutions. Kay and I have also been meeting with the division administrators on a regular basis in an attempt to address these new shortfalls. To date, we have received no firm direction on further reductions for fiscal year 2009 or the biennial budget of FY 2010 and 2011. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive new information from the Executive Budget Office. Read the rest of this entry »


Nevada’s wetlands prioritized in new conservation report

October 21, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. – A new report released this month identifies Nevada’s wetlands and ranks them in order of priority based on conservation need. The Nevada Natural Heritage Program, a division within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, released the report to inform land and natural resource managers about priority wetlands, their locations, rank and the factors that determine priority status.

“This report represents the first ever attempt at comprehensive prioritizing of the state’s wetland resources,” said Jennifer Newmark, administrator of the Natural Heritage Program. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates Nevada wetland losses amounted to 52 percent from 1780 through 1980.” Read the rest of this entry »


State nursery has plants available for fall planting

September 9, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Division of Forestry’s Washoe State Tree Nursery has a good selection of low cost, conservation plants available for fall planting.

Plants must be purchased for conservation purposes such as windbreaks, stream bank stabilization, wetland and riparian restoration, reforestation, wildlife habitat enhancement or rehabilitation of disturbed sites.

The nursery closes to public sales for the winter on October 18. The nursery reopens May 14, 2009. The nursery’s custom growing services are available year-around. Read the rest of this entry »