Society of American Foresters meet in Reno to address change

November 5, 2008

Nevada Governor Jim GibbonsThe Society of American Foresters, a national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States, is holding its annual meeting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno November 5 through 9.

“Forestry in a Climate of Change” is the convention theme and it brings national, regional local leaders, scientists, students and forestry practitioners to discuss, share innovations, lessons learned and the latest technology in educational sessions and the “Forestry Expo” exhibit Hall. 

November 6 opening ceremonies will feature Nevada’s Governor Jim Gibbons, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (invited) and Miss Reno 2009. Invocation will be offered by a Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California leader and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe color guard will present the colors.

Nearly 1,500 foresters from the United States and from around the world are expected to attend.

More information can be found at www.safnet.org by clicking on the National Convention icon.

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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 »


Governor receives report from climate change committee

July 29, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Governor Jim Gibbons today received the final report from his Nevada Climate Change Advisory Committee and received a briefing from committee members outlining key recommendations.

The final report is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work by the committee, which the Governor created by executive order in April 2007. The committee was charged with making “recommendations by which greenhouse gas emissions can be further reduced in Nevada, including the use of renewable energy resources.”

The Governor applauded the work of the committee, which evaluated 63
recommendations before reaching consensus on 28 ideas and prioritizing six of those. The recommendations are grouped into six sections: electricity consumption, residential/commercial/industrial, transportation, waste management, agriculture and “other.”

“I’m delighted this group of people, representing a diverse array of interests, was able to get together and accomplish what I asked of them,” the Governor said. “I’m determined to reduce the amount greenhouse gas emissions we generate here in Nevada, and I look forward to reviewing this report and its recommendations for how to accomplish this goal.” Read the rest of this entry »


Public comment period opens on Governor’s Climate Change Advisory Committee

July 1, 2008

The final report of the Governor’s Climate Change Advisory Committee is now open for a 30-day public comment period prior to the presentation of the report to the Governor.

The final report is available through the Internet at http://gov.state.nv.us/ClimateSurvey.asp, where public comments can be made. Comments can also be made in writing to the Nevada Climate Change Advisory Committee at 101 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701.

Public comments will be posted to the Climate Change Advisory Committee Web site at the close of the public comment period. All public comments will also be presented to the Governor along with the report on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008


Governor helps kick off Wildland Fire Awareness Week

May 16, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons at the 2008 Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week Kick-Off

CARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons today helped kick off Nevada Wildland Fire Awareness Week with festivities at Washoe Lake State Park.

Wildland Fire Awareness Week runs May 17 – May 24 and was created by proclamation of the Governor to raise awareness about individual responsibilities for preventing wildland fires and protecting life and property.

“It’s critically important that the people of Nevada take every precaution possible to prevent these terrible fires,” the Governor said. “All it takes is one accidental or careless spark to ignite a deadly wildfire. People must be cautious of their surroundings, create defensible space around their property and have individual emergency plans in case a fire breaks out.”

The Governor encourages citizens to take part in the various events occurring all week to raise awareness of wildland fires. For more information, please visit www.livingwithfire.info.


Governor signs multistate, cooperative wildfire memorandum

November 20, 2007

Nevada Governor Jim GibbonsCARSON CITY, Nev.–Governor Jim Gibbons signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the governors of Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming to outline and formulate a cooperative plan to ensure the continued coordinated support efforts for wildland fire fuels management and rehabilitation efforts between all four states.

“Due to exceptionally dry conditions and a lack of available forage, Nevada lost nearly one million acres this past fire season. If we fail to adequately rehabilitate this land, cheat grass and other invasive species will replace native plants, creating an even greater risk for future fires,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “The threat of future catastrophic wildfires caused by cheat grass and drought is not limited to the State of Nevada. In fact, many western states face similar challenges during and after fire season, which is why the partnership between Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming is critically important to our collective restoration and prevention efforts. I thank Governors Otter, Huntsman, and Freudenthal for their cooperation and efforts to address these important issues.” Read the rest of this entry »