Highlighted Projects

This page contains links to highlighted NDF projects throughout the state. 

Hamlin-Snake Valley Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment Management

This project is intended to improve sagebrush habitat and riparian health on approximately 300 acres by reducing the impact of encroaching conifers on sagebrush ecosystems in northern Lincoln County, Nevada. Removal of encroaching conifers and decadent sagebrush through hand thinning, mastication, and chipping or burning of slash Seeding will be applied when appropriate (sites with advanced encroachment where seed-source plants and seedbank have been reduced) to increase plant diversity, resilience to disturbance, and resistance to invasion by invasive annual grasses and noxious weeds.

Virginia Highlands Pinyon-Juniper Fuels Reduction

Expansion of housing developments in the Virginia City Highlands community of Storey County, in combination with Pinyon-Juniper (PJ) woodland encroachment into sagebrush habitat, have increased fuel loads and created high wildland fire risk zones throughout the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This project will mitigate fire risks by reducing hazardous fuels throughout a 350-acre project.

Washoe County Weeds Landscape Scale Restoration

This project will improve forest, rangeland, and riparian health on at least 1,000 acres by restoring native vegetation and controlling noxious and invasive weeds on key Truckee Meadows Watershed areas within Washoe County.

Horse Creek Fuels Reduction

This project will improve forest and riparian health on at least 140 acres and create enhanced conditions to better protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire as well as maintain sustainable water supplies for municipal, agricultural, and wildlife use.

Duck Creek Aspen Restoration

This project will improve forest health in 10 acres of native aspen stands in Central White Pine County by removing severe conifer encroachment and dying trees in native aspen stands to prevent stand conversion to conifer species.  This project will also remove dying and hazard trees near private camping areas.  Additionally, this project will help protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire for the Elk Springs Subdivision and Camp Success Scout Camp.

Schell-Egan Fuels Reduction 2018-2021

This project will improve forest health on at least 200 acres of private land and create enhanced conditions to better protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire as well as maintain sustainable water supplies for municipal and wildlife use in central White Pine County.

Jarbidge Fuels Reduction Project 2018-2019

This project will improve forest health on at least 40 acres of private land and create enhanced conditions to better protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire as well as maintain sustainable water supplies for municipal and wildlife use around the community of Jarbidge in Elko County.

Virgin River Camel Park II

This project will control invasive, non-native salt cedar trees on 12 acres of riparian woodland along the Virgin River in Clark County.

Kyle Canyon Bark Beetle Control

This project will control native mountain pine beetle attacks in four subdivisions in Kyle Canyon on Mount Charleston.

Beaver Dam Reforestation

This project will Improve forest health, and forest ecology by reforesting ecologically important Ponderosa Pine stands in Beaver Dam State Park. These stands were burned during a stand replacing wildfire in the summer of 2014.

Horse Creek Fuels Reduction

This project will improve forest and riparian health on at least 140 acres and create enhanced conditions to better protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire as well as maintain sustainable water supplies for municipal, agricultural, and wildlife use in Carson City.

West Washoe Valley Mistletoe Reduction

This project will improve forest health on at 4 acres by removing dwarf mistletoe infected trees and thin other trees to promote healthy tree growth. Brush will also be  removed to create enhanced protection of life and property from catastrophic wildfire.

Camp Stimson Forest Health Improvement

Improve forest health, by thinning and removing conifer and encroachment, and dying trees in overstocked aspen stands to help protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire, as well as maintain hazard free tree resources to protect camp users in Clark County.

Mormon Mesa Riparian Restoration Pilot Project

To control and eliminate invasive non-native salt cedar within the riparian woodland along the Virgin River. To restore native vegetation for wildlife habitat and ecosystem functions. To protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire.

Washoe County Regional Archery Facility

This project will improve forest health on approximately 85 acres of juniper woodland that is being damaged by juniper mistletoe and juniper twig beetle. This project will also provide the added benefit to better protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire.

Cottonwood Ranch Conservation Credit System Project

This project aims to improve, protect, and preserve high quality meadow and upland habitat for greater sage-grouse (GRSG) on 1,009 acres in the O’Neil Basin of Elko County for at least an initial five year period. Upon sale of Nevada Conservation Credit System (CCS) credits to a mitigation buyer, the project proponent will commit to preserving the high quality habitat for at least a 30 year term. This will further incentivize the protection of GRSG habitats from invasive species and catastrophic wildfire as well as sustainable water supplies for agricultural and wildlife use.

Arrow Creek Hazardous Fuels Reduction

This project will improve the fire safety for the community of Arrow Creek in southwest Reno, Nevada. At least 178 acres will be treated to enhance the protection of life and property from catastrophic wildfire as well as maintain sustainable fresh water supplies for municipal, agricultural, and wildlife use.

Mount Wilson Guest Ranch

This project will improve forest health, create a shaded fuel break to protect life and property from catastrophic wildfire, as well as maintain sustainable habitat for wildlife use around the community located in Lincoln County.

City of Sparks – Truckee River Corridor Restoration

This project will improve urban forest health on at least 7 acres along the Truckee River Trail in Sparks, Nevada. The trail is a heavily used and high value urban park trail within the city. Removal of dying and dead tress with hazard tree pruning will be accomplished. This project will enhance the urban forest conditions to better protect life and property along the trail corridor.

John’s Ranch Conservation Credit System Project

This project aims to improve, protect, and preserve high quality meadow and upland habitat for greater sage-grouse (GRSG) on approx. 1,075 acres in Elko County for at least an initial five year period. Upon sale of Nevada Conservation Credit System (CCS) credits to a mitigation buyer, the project proponent will commit to preserving the high quality habitat for at least a 30 year term. This will further incentivize the protection of GRSG habitats from invasive species and catastrophic wildfire as well as sustainable water supplies for agricultural and wildlife use.

South Fork State Recreation Area: Stabilization and Meadow Restoration

This project will improve rangeland health on 600 acres within the South Fork State Recreation Area in Elko County. It will also create enhanced conditions that improve water quality for municipal, agricultural, and wildlife use. Ecosystem restoration is being implemented on bottomlands which were formerly managed for irrigation agriculture. The restoration includes invasive species management, revegetation of meadows and streambank stabilization through establishment of woody vegetation along streambanks. NDF is the lead agency managing the project, which uses prescribed burning, herbiciding, reseeding and planting of nursery stock to restore native vegetation. The results will be a reduction in weeds, control of erosion, improvement of wildlife habitat and reduction of sedimentation into South Fork Reservoir. Long-term benefits include increases in mammal, fish and bird populations, deceased deposition of fine and coarse sediments into South Fork Reservoir, and more aesthetically pleasing environment at the park for outdoor recreationists.

Lamoille Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

Hazardous fuel reduction and thinning of overstocked trees is being implemented on privately owned lands within the 1.84 sq. mile boundary of the town of Lamoille. NDF Conservation Camp crews are removing dead, diseased and overstocked trees, as well as understory shrubs. They then stack, chip or burn residual fuels, depending on size. The results will be a reduction in wildfire threat to private structures and flood threat from downed trees in waterways.  The project is being funded by NDF, private landowners, and US Forest Service-State and Private Forestry. For more information, see the project fact sheet.

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