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BLM Holds Open House on Efforts to Restore Red Rock Springs

BLM Holds Open House on Efforts to Restore Red Rock Springs

 

The Bureau of Land Management wants to know what the public thinks about plans to restore three important springs within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The BLM is holding an open house Thursday at the visitor center about plans to restore La Madre and Rainbow Springs in Red Rock Canyon and Kiup Springs, which is in Trout Canyon. Presentations will be given at 2 and 4 p.m.

The bureau says that all springs have been changed by human interference and invasive plants, both native and non-native.

The open house will allow people to learn about the plans to fix the problems and comment on the efforts.

Last Week to Recycle Used Cooking Oil at Springs Preserve

Last Week to Recycle Used Cooking Oil at Springs Preserve

It is the last week to take used cooking oil to the Springs Preserve for the Clark County Water Reclamation District's Don't be a Pain in the Drain campaign.

The goal is to keep fat, oil, grease and grit out of the drains because it collects in sewers creating blockages.

To drop off cooking oil, go to the south ticketing parking lot between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 15. The oil should be poured back into the original container and sealed.

Small amounts of grease or oil can be put into a can and disposed of in the garbage.  

More than 1,400 gallons of used oil was collected and recycled last year. The cooking oil is turned into biofuel. 

Faith Lutheran Jr. - Sr. High Now Solar Powered

Faith Lutheran Jr. - Sr. High Now Solar Powered

 

Faith Lutheran Junior and Senior High School is now producing enough energy to power more than 125 homes.

The school recently finished the installation of its solar photovoltaic system. The system included more than 4,500 solar panels on campus. The project will save the school more than $140,000 every year in energy costs by generating 1.11 megawatts of solar power.

Funding for the project came through NV Energy rebates and the Federal Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit.  

BLM Looks at Placing Rock Climbing Anchors inside Red Rock

BLM Looks at Placing Rock Climbing Anchors inside Red Rock

 

The Bureau of Land Management wants to hear what the general public has to say about placing fixed anchors for rock climbers inside the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

The BLM has opened a 45-day public comment period. The bureau wants to know if the fixed anchors could have an impact on the conservation area's environment.

The comment period will close November 18. The BLM will hold public meetings so people interested in the issue can talk directly to officials with the bureau.

BLM Unveils Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk

BLM Unveils Plan to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Wildfires have consumed thousands of acres of forest in the west this summer.

The Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday a new plan to reduce the possibility of devastating wildfires in the Red Rock Canyon area.  

The BLM will use herbicides to kill off non-native, invasive grasses. The grasses fuel wildfires in desert areas. The herbicides will create what are known as fuel breaks, which are areas without many plants that keep fires from spreading as quickly.

The herbicides will cover 2,114 acres of land along roads, trails and natural features in the conservation area. Another 2,346 acres of land that have already been burned by wildfires will also be treated.

The BLM says reducing the non-native grasses will also allow better growth of the desert’s native plants. 

Mojave Max Emerges from his Burrow

Mojave Max Emerges from his Burrow

 

A sure sign of spring has emerged in Las Vegas. Mojave Max crawled out of his burrow Tuesday.

The famous desert tortoise came out at 12:41 p.m. That is the latest he has come out of his burrow since 2000. The timing is important because kids from around southern Nevada have entered a contest to predict when the tortoise would emerge. The child with the closest time wins prizes including a T-shirt, a medal and a laptop computer. His or her class also gets prizes including a field trip to Mojave Max’s habitat at the Red Rock Conservation Area.

Like all reptiles, Mojave Max entered his burrow to brumate, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, this winter. When the weather is warm enough, and days are longer, his internal clock is triggered. The earliest he has come out is February 14 in 2005. 

Students Enjoy Campfire Night at Red Rock Canyon

Students Enjoy Campfire Night at Red Rock Canyon

 

Students from some southern Nevada schools are getting a chance to enjoy one of the most spectacular sites in the country: Red Rock Canyon.

The Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association is hosting two Campfire Family Nights at the conservation area. The nights are for families enrolled in the After-School All-Stars’ Lifetime Adventure program.

The program promotes outdoor learning, wilderness travel and environmental preservation. Families in the program go on educational and recreational field trips.  

The first campfire night was Friday, April 13. The next one is Friday, April 27. Students from Cashman Middle School will get a chance for a scavenger hunt at the Red Rock Visitor’s center, a presentation on the desert tortoise, a campfire dinner and an introduction to astronomy.

 There are currently about 150 families involved with the lifetime adventure program.