Tonopah, NV -- The Battle Mountain District, Tonopah Field Office will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, with two great volunteer events in Central Nevada.
Crescent Sand Dunes Recreation Area – Work will occur at the Crescent Sand Dunes Recreation Area on public land near Tonopah, starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers can help clean up the picnic area and remove debris. Due to the deep sand about one-quarter of a mile from the work site, please call Ben Cramer to get specific road condition and access information prior to your arrival.
Rhyolite Historic Town Site – Meet at the Kelly Bottle House in the Historic Rhyolite Ghost Town, near Beatty starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers can help pick up litter and removing debris.
This year marks the 21st celebration of NPLD, so join volunteers across the United States in helping to restore the beauty and vitality of our public lands. Volunteers receive a free tee-shirt as a thank you for their help on our Nation’s largest, one-day, volunteer event - National Public Lands Day 2014.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
ELY – The public is invited to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 27. Volunteers will help to install a split rail fence and, if possible, paint wind shelters at the Illipah Recreation Area (Reservoir) located south of U.S. Highway 50 about 37 miles west of Ely, Nev.
Children’s activities will celebrate wilderness on this, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and include education on Leave No Trace values, responsible OHV use, and wildlife identification through tracks, scat and skulls.
Registration opens at 9 a.m., at the recreation area. From Ely, drive west on Highway 50, turn at the sign for Illipah Reservoir and continue 1 mile to a road junction, turn left and continue one and a half miles to the campground.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, though some will be available. All participants will receive a free NPLD Tee-shirt and children will receive goodie bags, while supplies last.
NPLD is a success nationwide because of the collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, private organizations and individual volunteers. The event is spearheaded each year by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Rajala at 775-289-1841 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carson City, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Carson City District, Sierra Front Field Office has launched the “Adopt-a-Space” Program to combat illegal dumping on public lands. Two open houses about the new program will be held on Thursday, August 21, from 4-6 p.m., and Saturday, August 23, from 9-11 a.m., at the Carson City District Office, 5665 Morgan Mill Road in Carson City. RSVP’s for the open houses are requested.
“This program facilitates creating public land stewards who will assist the BLM with keeping the public land free of litter so that all may enjoy,” said Leon Thomas, Field Manager. “We are looking for individuals, groups, schools, businesses, organizations and anyone who is interested in participating in this program.”
BLM staff will work closely with volunteer groups to guide them through the process of adopting a space. Pre-determined spots have been designated for the program. However, if there is an area in need of clean-up, BLM will work with individuals and groups to get it nominated and adopted.
“The BLM has combated illegal dumping on public lands for years. Not only is household trash being dumped, but other items including abandoned cars and boats, refrigerators, tires, hazardous materials and trigger trash,” Thomas stated.
For additional information please call 775-885-6000, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
ELKO, Nev. – Several volunteers from the Elko District, Bureau of Land Management, recently trekked through the aspen stands in the north Snake Range to clear out an illegal marijuana garden.
The garden was found by hunters in the area last October. After law enforcement detained the suspects and confiscated the marijuana plants, left behind was severe damage to the natural resources in the area as well as remnants of an illegal campground.
Volunteers from the Elko District spent 12 hours clearing camping equipment, cooking supplies, water catchments and irrigation systems from the roughly six acres affected. Although not completely cleared, the volunteers were able to pack up almost 400 pounds of debris. There was also approximately $60,000 worth of resource damage in cut aspens, earth disturbances and waste.
“We’re cleaning up the site to prevent future use for illegal activities, restore ecological habitat and return it to a more natural state so wildlife can use this great grove for its intended purpose,” said Blaine Potts, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Wells Field Office. “We also want to remind people that if they happen upon a grow site, please don’t approach it. These guys are very dangerous. Retreat from the area and contact your local BLM office, sheriff’s office or any law enforcement agency.”
Signs to be aware of are cut trees surrounding the perimeter of the camp, wires overhead, large water catchments, irrigation systems (black tubing) and marijuana plants. Recreationists who happen upon suspected illegal activity should note the location, GPS if possible, and report it immediately to local law enforcement.
The BLM would like to remind everyone to enjoy their public lands, but to be safe and responsible.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today presented its prestigious “Making a Difference” National Volunteer Awards to four individuals, three couples, one group, and one BLM employee for outstanding volunteer service or volunteer leadership on BLM-managed lands.
The “Making a Difference Award” is an annual award presented by the BLM that recognizes its most exceptional volunteers, whose efforts include trail repair, visitor services, habitat restoration, and many other duties. The award was presented to recipients at a recognition event hosted at the BLM’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The event included remarks from Bob Abbey, Director of the BLM, Carl Rountree, Assistant Director for the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System & Community Partnerships and Laura Davis, Chief of Staff for Secretary Salazar with the Department of the Interior.
ELKO, Nev. – As the Trail Center nears its Grand Opening on June 2 and 9th annual California Trail Days celebration on June 2 and 3, volunteers are needed for various positions from doing weed control and landscaping work, to greeting visitors or portraying historic characters.
Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m., Trail Center staff will host a volunteer opportunity brief for anyone interested in volunteering and an appreciation for those who have volunteered in the past. Trail Center staff will provide a brief overview of needed activities and requirements.
Volunteers are needed for everyday operations as well as special events. There will be opportunities to volunteer regularly or occasionally as your schedule permits. Light refreshments will be provided during this informal “get acquainted” event.
The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located eight miles west of Elko, at Hunter exit 292. The California Trail Interpretive Center is currently closed in preparation for the Grand Opening which will take place on June 2, 2012 in conjunction with the 9th Annual California Trail Days. Visit www.californiatrailcenter.org, www.blm.gov/cv5c, our Facebook page or call (775) 738-1849 for more information.
Elko, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District is looking for volunteer campground hosts at the Wilson Reservoir and North Wildhorse campgrounds, both located north of Elko.
Selected volunteers will act as the BLM representative at the site and welcome visitors and provide information. Tasks include interacting with visitors, providing information about the area and other safe places to explore, conducting occasional tours, maintaining the restrooms and campgrounds, and reporting any vandalism, accidents, or natural hazards.
The BLM will provide training, cost reimbursement, a sheltered RV spot at Wilson with water and rustic accommodations at North Wildhorse. Both campgrounds are fairly remote and cell phone access is limited. The position is available immediately and would last through September 30, five to six days a week, three to four hours per day.
You will receive a variety of training on tools, equipment, fee collection, volunteer policy, safety, and camper satisfaction from the BLM before your volunteer engagement.
For more information, visit the Elko District website at www.blm.gov/rv5c under ‘What we do, Recreation,’ or call Zachary Pratt at (775) 753-0212.
Tonopah, Nev – The BLM is looking for volunteer hosts for the Rhyolite Historic Town site located just south of Beatty, Nev, in Nye County. This popular historic site, near one of the gateways to Death Valley National Park, features remnants of a large mining town that flourished in the gold mining days of the early 1900s. The Tom Kelly Bottle House, Cook Bank Building ruins, the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad Depot and several other partial buildings still remain.
As the host, you would be an ambassador for the town site, which is the second most visited recreation site in Nevada. Tasks include interacting with visitors, providing information about the history of the Bottle House and other safe places to explore, conducting occasional tours, maintaining the restroom and reporting any vandalism, accidents or natural hazards. The BLM will provide training, cost reimbursement at $25/day, a sheltered RV spot with water, sewer and power hookup. Rhyolite is in a fairly rural location and cell phone access is limited. A hand held radio and a government vehicle will be provided. The position is available immediately and would last through September 30, five to six days a week, 5 hours per day.
If you are interested in volunteering for the BLM, please submit a resume with your skills, experience, and abilities, to BLM, PO Box 911, Tonopah, NV 89049 or visit the office at 1553 South Main Street in Tonopah.
For more information contact Bruce Andersen, Outdoor Recreation Planner at, 775-482-7844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness reported that 18 volunteers worked this past weekend to help restore habitat for mule deer, sage grouse, and native plants at the 2011 Tom Basin wildfire area in Paradise Valley on the Santa Rosa Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (northeast Nevada, near Winnemucca). Learn more about this collaborative effort with nearby Nevada communities and the Nevada Outdoor School, and view photos at www.nevadawilderness.org, or contact Brenna Archibald at Brenna.email@example.com, to find out how to participate in upcoming volunteer opportunities.
BLM: BLM Director Approves Nearly $300,000 in Funding for Projects Aimed at Improving Conditions on Western Rangelands Where Wild Horses and Burros Roam
As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing effort to engage volunteers in the stewardship of U.S. public lands, BLM Director Bob Abbey announced today that he has approved nearly $300,000 in the current fiscal year for 12 projects aimed at improving Western rangeland conditions where wild horses and burros roam. The on-the-ground work will also support the BLM’s forthcoming strategy to put its national Wild Horse and Burro Program on a sustainable path, as called for by the Government Accountability Office and members of Congress.
The “Director’s Challenge” initiative, announced by Abbey last October, seeks to offer citizen-based science opportunities to address land health issues within wild horse and burro Herd Management Areas (HMAs) across the West. The projects were reviewed by a team of BLM employees and Jim Stephenson, the Natural Resources Management representative on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The approved projects include conducting inventories of water sources, monitoring riparian area conditions, removing invasive plant species, and protecting spring sources.
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