We are in Lakeview, Oregon for the Northwest Basin and Range Synthesis Ecosystem Symposium. We are so excited to be here and share the Basin and Range Project! We will be presenting a poster during the poster session of the Symposium.
From Nevada Wild:
For those anglers new to ice fishing, you are in for a surprise. It is relaxing, quite easy and much more social than its warm weather cousin.
Contrary to popular myth, ice anglers can use pretty much the same gear that they use during the summer with just a few minor exceptions.
Learn more here: http://nevadawild.org/how-to-ice-fish-in-nevada/
Conservation science is a broad, deep field that’s growing all the time. To help people brush up on conservation practices and learn about new technologies, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers hundreds of free conservation webinars from its online Science and Technology Training Library.
Available live or on-demand, these webinars also count as Continuing Education Units for many different certifying organizations and programs
Did you know there were once active volcanoes in our area? What about the fault line running through Virginia Lake? Come find out about our region’s rich geology!
The Truckee Meadows Park Foundation is hosting this event that is free and open to the public! The talks will be held at the California Building at IdleWild Park. 1000 Cowan Dr. Reno, NV 89509 from 6:00-8:00 pm. on February 8, 2016
Light provisions will be provided for members and suggested donation.
There will be three guest speakers:
1) Jim E. Faulds, Ph. D.
Research ProfessorNevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
2) Christopher D. Henry, Ph. D.
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
3) Annie Kell, Ph. D.
Dr. Annie Kell received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2014. Her thesis topics include fault studies of the San Andreas and Imperial fault system beneath the Salton Sea, and faulting beneath Pyramid Lake and SW Reno, using both marine and land-based seismic imaging techniques.
For more information and to check out our guests speakers, visit our webspage here: http://www.tmparksfoundation.org/#!tmpf-talks/td1v8
The Mt. Charleston Winter Alliance(MCWA) announces the launch of www.mtcharlestonwinter.com, a site that provides winter road conditions and weather updates along with safety tips and winter outdoor recreation information for visitors to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA). The MCWA was created to promote and ensure public safety during the winter months when areas like Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon see spikes in visitation.
The public awareness initiative also includes public service announcements in English and Spanish created by Clark County Television (CCTV). The MCWA is a collaborative effort between Clark County, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), Lee Canyon, the Mount Charleston Fire & Rescue District, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) and U.S. Forest Service.
“The Mt. Charleston Winter Alliance’s goal is to ensure public safety and decrease the number of winter weather related road and recreation accidents,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who represents the Mt. Charleston area and serves as chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. “Our organizations have joined together to ensure that our residents and guests enjoy the beauty of the Spring Mountains safely during the winter season.”
According to NHP, Lee and Kyle Canyons can see 25,000 cars during a holiday weekend when snow is present on the mountain. To ensure timely emergency response to the area and public safety, NHP monitors traffic congestion and road conditions in both canyons during the winter months and regulates access as needed.
Road closures including Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Rd.), 157 (Kyle Canyon Rd.) and 158 (Deer Creek Rd.) that provide access to ski and snow play areas in Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon will be posted onwww.mtcharlestonwinter.com. Road condition information will be taken directly from NDOT’s website and visitors can also call 511 for information on road conditions and closures in Nevada.
“Traffic congestion during snowy days on the mountain can impede access of emergency vehicles including ambulances and snow plows, which jeopardizes public safety,” explains Loy Hixson, public information officer at NHP. “Therefore, this season as in past seasons, Nevada Highway Patrol will be monitoring visitor volume, road conditions, available parking, and regulating access to ensure safety.”
Tips for Winter Safety in the Spring Mountains
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. The Official NPLD 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 26, but there are events this weekend (19th) and into October.
Click the following link to see all the awesome projects happing throughout Nevada:
Learn more here: http://www.publiclandsday.org/
St. George, Utah— From May 26-30, 2015, students throughout southern Utah enrolled in grades 10-12 will have a unique opportunity of participating in a variety of recreational outdoor activities and studying a number of natural resource sciences with a host of experts and professionals. The Color Country Natural Resources camp, located on Dixie National Forest near Panguitch Lake, is designed to introduce young adults, grades 10-12, to careers in natural resources.
Youth take part in a full week of hands-on activities, outdoor recreation, and exploration in a wide variety of natural resource fields including the study of plants, wildlife, water, and archaeology; all taught by area professionals. During the camp, youth are also able to try out a number of outdoor recreation activities including mountain biking skills, archery, outdoor photography, and fishing in high mountain lakes and streams.
High school students from Washington and Garfield counties are taught natural resource studies, by professionals from the Washington County School District, Dixie National Forest, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Bureau of Land Management, and Utah State University. Student applications are welcome from all communities in southwestern Utah.
The Washington County School District has extended the application deadline for attendance at the 2015 Color Country Natural Resource Camp for high school students to May 6, 2015. Apply online at http://ccnrcamp.org/. A $75 application fee covers the cost of food and transportation.
New event brings awareness to historic fires and wildfire fuels along race route
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada State Parks and Desert Sky Adventures to hold a Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K Trail Run beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 9 at Washoe Lake State Park. Registration is now open for the race, where participants will run through some of Nevada’s most infamous wildfire fuels, such as big sagebrush, bitterbrush, cheatgrass and rabbitbrush.
The race is part of Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, a collaborative effort by local, state and federal firefighting agencies, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and many others. The event will promote this year’s wildfire awareness message, "Improve Your Odds — Prepare for Wildfire," encouraging residents to take action now to prepare their homes and properties to increase their likelihood of surviving future wildfires.
The event will also raise funds for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to fallen firefighters’ families and to firefighters injured in the line of duty. All proceeds from the $35 entry fee and donations collected during the event will be donated to the Foundation. As part of the race event, there will be displays of educational information, fire engines and a visit from Smokey Bear. The public is invited to come out and cheer on the runners, visit with firefighter representatives and enjoy the beauty of Washoe Valley.
"The race is being held in a beautiful, but fitting location here at Washoe Lake State Park," said Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Specialist Ed Smith, who co-manages the Living With Fire Program with Cooperative Extension Marketing Specialist Sonya Sistare. "Eight different wildfire scars can be seen on the hillsides surrounding the race course, including the most recent Washoe Drive Fire of 2012."
Smith has led the Living With Fire Program since 1997, teaching homeowners how to live more safely with the wildfire threat. The program has received numerous national awards, and been credited with spurring actions that have saved many homes.
Registration for the Wildfire Awareness Half Marathon and 5K at Washoe Lake State Park is limited to 300 participants. To register for the race or for more information about Nevada Wildfire Awareness Month, visit www.LivingWithFire.info, or contact Sistare at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, email@example.com or 775-336-0271.
St. George, Utah—Every Friday, the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Forest Service host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series. The lectures provide unique opportunities for the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and others who delve more deeply into subjects tied to the Arizona Strip and surrounding public lands. The lectures bring the resources and public lands issues to the community’s doorstep, benefiting those who want to learn more about the region’s remote and rugged landscapes, cultures and people.
The lectures, which begin at noon and last one hour, are held at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, Utah. Admission is free, but space is limited for this popular lecture series. To obtain tickets visit the Interagency Information Center or call 435-688-3200.
April 10 Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Law Enforcement Ranger Jason Bulkley will discuss OHV regulations on the Monument and the Arizona Strip.
April 17 Mike Small, retired BLM Arizona Strip District wildlife biologist, will speak about the initial and forthcoming California condor releases held each September on the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. As of June 30, 2014, there were 71 condors in the wild in the rugged canyonlands of northern Arizona and southern Utah. The world’s total population of endangered California condors numbers 439, with more than half of them in the wild in Arizona, Utah, California, and Mexico. The wild California condor population declined to just 22 individuals in the 1980s when the condor recovery program was initiated to save the species from extinction. The recovery effort is a cooperative program by federal, state, and private partners, including The Peregrine Fund, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Strip Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, Grand Canyon and Zion national parks, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Kaibab and Dixie national forests.
April 24 Meet the board of directors for the Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (DASIA) and learn more from the board about this nonprofit organization’s mission to garner greater understanding of the Arizona Strip and Southern Utah’s history and natural resources. For more information about this organization go to https://www.d-asia.org/
Interested in what lives in Great Basin National Park? Come explore your National Park by helping ecologists identify old and new species by participating in our yearly BioBlitz program.
A Bioblitz is a short term event to learn about the biodiversity of an area. In Great Basin National Park, we are focusing on one order on invertebrates each year over a 24-48 hour period. This snapshot view helps us look at many different habitats over the same time period and helps us to look at many different habitats over the same time period and helps us to better understand what lives in the park. The next BioBlitz is scheduled for May 15-17, 2015.
Great Basin National Park will be holding a Stream Insects BioBlitz Friday through Sunday, May 15-17, 2015. Come join Dr. Boris Kondratieff from Colorado State University and other specialists in Ephemeroptera (Mayflies), Plecoptera (Stoneflies), and Trichoptera (Caddisflies).This fun-filled, family-friendly effort will help document selected insects that live in the streams in the park. The BioBlitz will include a workshop about the natural history of stream insects, evening light trap collections, guided hikes to streams with collecting and photography opportunities, and guidance identification. To be added to the mailing list for the BioBlitz and receive updates, please e-mail us or call 775-234-7541.
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