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.


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.


Fire assistance grants available for fuels reduction projects

January 22, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoCARSON CITY, Nev.–Fire season is coming upon us and the thought on the minds of many homeowners is, “Would my home survive?”

The Nevada Division of Forestry is seeking applications for the 2009 Wildland Urban Interface grant program’s state fire assistance grants. There is about $1 million available for projects statewide. The purpose of this funding is to mitigate risk of wild fires in wildland-urban interface areas.

Funds can be used for costs associated with implementing on-the-ground hazardous fuels reduction projects, information and education relating to wildland-urban-interface and homeowner and community action projects. Projects must be implemented on state and/or private lands located in Nevada. Projects on federal lands are not eligible.

Applications must be submitted on the approved form available on the Nevada Division of Forestry Web site. The site also contains a more detailed description of the criteria and instructions for eligibility and the scoring criteria that will be used to rank applications.

Applications must be received by the Nevada Division of Forestry no later than 5 p.m. March 27, 2009. Late, incomplete, faxed or electronic applications will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Kacey KC at (775) 684-2511.


Two-Day Burn Project in Little Valley

January 9, 2009
Nevada Division of Forestry winter fuels treatment project in the Sierras.

Nevada Division of Forestry winter fuels treatment project in the Sierras.

Click here for a slideshow.

During a two-day burn in Little Valley, just west of Washoe Valley, the Nevada Division of Forestry conducted a controlled burn of wood piles from previously thinned forest lands. The NDF helicopter inserted two 12 person crews one day and 130 piles were burned. On day two the helicopter inserted three 12 person crews and 250 piles were burned. A total of 380 piles burned, an effort which helps enhance forest health in the Sierras.


Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008

December 18, 2008

Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008. Click to enlarge.

Carson City Fuels Projects, 2003-2008. Click to enlarge.


Director’s December Update

December 2, 2008

This is the Director’s update sent to DCNR employees yesterday.

The Governor and legislative leaders have been meeting during the last few weeks and appear to have determined, at least conceptually, a way to address the Fiscal Year 2009 (ends June 30, 2009) budget shortfall. There is no silver bullet here and the short term solution will include a number of financial actions including likely additional budget reductions. The good news is that these cuts may not be as deep as previously feared. The legislature will again meet in special session on December 8 and 9 to ratify these solutions. While this will hopefully be a “stopgap” through next summer, the 2009 regular session (which begins in February 2009) will have to address the Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 shortfalls which are projected to be well over $1 billion.
 
The division administrators are meeting regularly with Deputy Director Kay Scherer and me on the budget situation and ways to address our portion of the shortfall. As always, the welfare of our most valuable department resource, our employees, are our first priority.
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