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.


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 »


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.

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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.


Arborist training offered in Reno January 13-15

January 6, 2009

Nevada Division of Forestry LogoRENO, Nev. — The Nevada Shade Tree Council, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the City of Reno are sponsoring an arborist training series to improve tree care skills and prepare those interested in taking the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Examination.

The series is in three 8-hour sessions, January 13-15, 2009, and will be held at the City of Reno Horsemen’s Park at 2800 Pioneer Road in Reno. The $75.00 registration fee and application are due no later than January, 8.

A registration form can be downloaded at www.forestry.nv.gov or by request to the Nevada Division of Forestry at 775-684-2506.

An ISA Certified Arborist Examination will be held on February 17 with the Nevada Landscape Association Conference. Contact ISA at www.isa-arbor.com for information on the exam.