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Students Plant Trees to Mark Arbor Day

Las Vegas Councilman Steve Wolfson and Fertitta Middle School students participated Thursday in an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting ceremony at All American Park, located at Buffalo Drive and Oakey Boulevard.

The ceremony was held to coincide with Arbor Day, which is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care, marked on the last Friday in April. The city was also recognized for being a Tree City USA for 19 years because of its program to care for community trees.

Wolfson was joined by Mark Blankensop, regional forester from the Nevada Division of Forestry; Victoria Fertitta Middle School Principal Lisa Campbell; and students from the middle school for the ceremony. The students and guests planted five trees at the park during the ceremony. The students took part in an afternoon of fun activities afterward. 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

The first week of May marks Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week throughout the state and cleanup activities are planned in conjunction.

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support the effort.

Arbor View Students Win Big in Statewide Photo Contest

Arbor View Students Win Big in Statewide Photo Contest

Jordonn Sutton and Weston Prince of Arbor View High School claimed major accolades in the Scenic Nevada Photo Contest. Sutton, a sophomore, won the grand prize in the Beauty category and Prince, a freshman, claimed top honors in the Blight category. Their teacher is Dana Ziegler.

The purpose of the Scenic Nevada Photo Contest for high school students and adults is to create an awareness of the importance of preserving, protecting and enhancing the scenic character of Nevada. The contest featured separate categories for student and adult entries. All winners can be seen here.

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

The public comment period for preliminary recommendations for the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Round 12 expenditures will continue through April 29.

The SNPLMA funds are generated from the sale of public land in the Las Vegas Valley.

The recommendations include expenditures of approximately $8 million, including a $1.5 million set aside for a Special Account Reserve, and $6.5 million for a variety of conservation, restoration, and improvement projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:

  • Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,319,222
  • Capital Improvements - $753,105
  • Conservation Initiatives - $1,641,671
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $307,900
  • Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention -  $1,412,800
  • Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $996,100
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan - $42,000

The recommendations

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.