Governor Appoints Members to Panel Overseeing Implementation of Fire Commission Report

September 2, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. –- Fulfilling one of the recommendations of the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission, Governor Jim Gibbons today announced the appointment of three Nevadans to oversee implementation of the commission’s work.

Appointed are former Tahoe Regional Planning Agency member Coe Swobe, Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson and Glenbrook Homeowners Association president A.J. “Bud” Hicks, who also served on the fire commission.

“These three individuals have a diverse array of expertise on issues affecting the Tahoe Basin,” Gibbons said. “I know that each is committed to protecting the basin from catastrophic wildfire, supports the recommendations of the fire commission and will be diligent in ensuring the commission’s recommendations are implemented.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Elko honored as a Tree City USA community

May 28, 2008

ELKO, Nev.–Elko was recently named a Tree City USA community by The National Arbor Day Foundation to honor the city’s commitment to community forestry. Eight other Nevada communities re-certified their “Tree City USA” designation for their activities in 2007.

The “Tree City USA” award recognizes communities that effectively manage public tree resources. More than 3200 communities ranging in population of a few hundred to several million were awarded the “Tree City USA” status this year.

“Trees in our Nevada communities help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives,” said Pete Anderson, Nevada’s state forester and firewarden. “Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.” Read the rest of this entry »


Deadline near for panel’s Tahoe fire report (RGJ)

March 2, 2008

Eight months after flames roared through a Lake Tahoe community, destroying 254 homes, a special panel established to avoid future disasters is nearing its deadline.

By March 21, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons expect a report on how to avoid a repeat of last June’s Angora Fire. This week, the California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission is scheduled to sort through some 120 different recommendations crafted to achieve that goal.

Read the complete story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.