42°F
weather icon Clear

Effort seeks to reduce Nevada wildfire risk

The Office of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized a landmark agreement that calls on state and federal agencies to increase their collaborative efforts to reduce the risk and impacts of catastrophic wildfire.

Through the Nevada Shared Stewardship Agreement, the agencies will jointly identify priority landscapes, coordinate investments, and carry out projects that improve the health and productivity of forest, rangeland, and wildlife habitat, prioritizing investments for the greatest impact. The goal is to achieve landscapes that are more resistant and resilient to wildfire and other disturbances for the benefit of Nevada’s citizens and wildlife.

“This agreement reaffirms our commitment to a collaborative response to Nevada’s wildfire risk and sets up a framework for implementing effective interagency work moving forward,” Sisolak said in a Nov. 15 news release that provided details.

Threats to Nevada’s ecosystems continue to increase at a high rate. Large-scale wildland fires are one of the greatest threats to Nevada’s landscape and are occurring with increasing size, severity, and frequency. Significant increases in invasive annual grasses compound Nevada’s fire challenges, alter ecological functions, degrade habitats for wildlife, and reduce forage for livestock.

To address these threats in Nevada and other states, the Forest Service in 2018 announced a new strategy to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in areas with the highest payoffs.

The Forest Service has since signed shared stewardship agreements with eight states. The Nevada Shared Stewardship Agreement is the first to include the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as signatories.

“Through the Nevada Shared Stewardship Agreement, the State of Nevada, the Forest Service, BLM, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will expand our working relationships to pursue the right work in the right place at the right scale,” U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Regional Forester Nora Rasure said in a statement. “Because catastrophic wildfire threatens all of our shared values, our initial focus will be creating landscapes that are more resistant and resilient to wildfire and other disturbances for the benefit of Nevada’s communities, rural economies, and wildlife.”

The Nevada Shared Stewardship Agreement identifies two specific goals: First, state and federal agencies will identify a list of initial projects to reduce fire risk and target completing two landscape-scale, multijurisdictional projects by the end of 2021. Second, by 2025, the parties will work to increase the annual number of acres treated by 50 percent, through active management on state, county, private, tribal or federally administered lands.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Crab Fest raises record $28,000 to support foster youth in Nye and Esmeralda counties

Feasting, fun and fundraising were the focus of the evening on Saturday, Feb. 15 as Pioneer Territory Court Appointed Special Advocates host its 9th Annual Crab Fest, an event that saw the highest attendance in its history as well as an incredible, record-breaking $28,332 raised.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Wednesday, Feb. 19 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $10 million.

 
Alienstock organizers announce dates for 2020 festival

After attracting thousands of extraterrestrial fans from around the world to a rural Nevada desert town, Alienstock organizers are preparing for a second go round.

Dog owners beware, trapping season is here

Desert dwellers enjoy walking the many hiking trails in our valley that traverse our beautiful desert, and they may even enjoy walking the family dog. During the winter beware and keep Fido on a leash, for trappers are hunting for small game during this time of year and it can be dangerous for dogs to run free.

Nye County turns out for early voting

For the first time ever, the Nevada Democratic Party made the decision to expand its caucus process by including early voting this year and residents from all across the state turned out in droves to participate, with long lines reported at many of the early voting locations throughout the Silver State.

Nye County School District Superintendent Dale Norton set to retire

For more than 30 years, Dale Norton has been an integral part of the Nye County School District family, starting his career as a principal in Amargosa and eventually making his way up the ranks to become Superintendent, but his time with the Nye County School District is now nearing its end.

Desert View Hospital chief of staff dies

A well known and respected physician at Desert View Hospital has died.