Feature Stories

 From left, Joey Carmosino, Melissa Buzzard and Andy Hart with the newly installed bike cattle guard.

Winnemucca District Teams with Partners to Protect and Enhance District Resources 
Near the end of October the Winnemucca District Black Rock Field Office, joined forces with project partners Friends of Black Rock High Rock and the Nevada Outdoor School (NOS) to protect and enhance valuable resources across the district. Read more...

A Southwestern Willow Flycatchers

If You Build It...
The line “If you build it, they will come…” from the movie Field of Dreams came to mind this summer as I drove down eastern Nevada’s Meadow Valley Wash. It was a year ago that a chance survey detected two Southwestern Willow Flycatchers in the wash, a species not documented here in over a decade. And, now there were two nests with two fledglings each. Read more...

BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders (left), Deputy Director Steve Ellis, Lee Turner from NDOW and BLM employee Coreen Francis talks about the Pine Nut Land Health Project.

Pine Nut Land Health Project
On September 26, Deputy Director Steve Ellis and BLM Nevada State Director Amy Lueders visited the Carson City BLM District to attend a field tour at the Pine Nut Mountains to learn about the Pine Nut Land Health Project. Two of many partners also joined the field tour, one from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and other from the Department of Agriculture. Read more...

A story hour participant (foreground) spins the Leave No Trace Prize Wheel as Rebecca Urbanczyk (background) looks on.

Reaching the Next Generation of Wilderness Stewards
Story hour at the White Pine County Library is anything but sleepy now that Wilderness Outreach and Education Specialist Rebecca Urbanczyk has the children spinning the Leave No Trace Prize Wheel and playing Wilderness Bingo. Read more...

Kristine Dedolph leads Dora, laden with needed equipment, up the steep climb to the raptor research site.

Hawkwatch Takes Flight in Northern Nevada
In preparation for the summer raptor migration through the Goshute range in northeast Nevada, a collaborative effort was launched to clear the trail and deliver supplies for the crew of Hawkwatch International’s raptor research station. Read more...

Silver State South Groundbreaking
On September 3, BLM Director Kornze joined First Solar Senior Vice President Brian Stanley and Armando Pimentel, CEO of NextEra Energy Resources to welcome energy and community leaders to the site, including guest speakers Paul Thomsen, Director of the Nevada Office of Energy, Rose McKinney James, Chair of the Clean Energy Project and Rebecca Wagner, Member of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission at the groundbreaking of Silver State South Solar Project. Read more...

The crosses on the hill were erected in 2007 by Winnemucca District fire staff.

Rock Creek Staff Ride
Firefighters of the Winnemucca District spent the summer solstice walking in the sobering footsteps of five men who died in 1939 while fighting the Rock Creek Fire. This day, organized annually for over the past decade, is designed not just memorialize the departed, but also to instill a paramount understanding in the firefighters, to remind them that every day there is a chance that fire can win in the worst of ways. July 28th, 1939 was one day amongst many when this reality was tragically recognized. Read more...

Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew

Ruby Mountain Hotshot Crew Wins BLM Fitness Challenge
The Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot crew was awarded the BLM Interagency Hotshot Crew Fitness Challenge Trophy for having the highest average physical fitness score of 11 crews across the nation. Read more...

9th-12th Grade Teacher Linden Hatch, of Spring Creek, Nev., (left) observes 4th Grade teacher Duane Baughman, of Eureka, Nev., (right) as he studies slides of organisms obtained from Cave Lake during the “Microscopic Investigation Project.”

Educators Take the Great Basin back to their Classrooms
This school year, 28 educators from throughout the West will pass on to their students lessons learned at the Great Basin Teachers Workshop, hosted by the BLM Ely District in partnership with other federal and state agencies. Read more...

Red Rock Artist-in-Residence Program Opening Reception

Red Rock Artist-in-Residence Opening Reception
On July 9, the Red Rock/Sloan Field Office and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association (RRCIA) hosted its first Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Artist-in-Residence program opening reception. The reception had an attendance of 75 people who were able to view the artwork and meet each of the artists. Read more...

Hikers take a rest at one of the many waterfalls along the way to the top of Thomas Canyon.

Waterfalls Abound on Scenic Thomas Canyon Hike
Local area hikers celebrated the summer solstice June 21 on a warm, sunny day climbing through Thomas Canyon in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Lamoille, Nevada. The hike is part of a collaborative effort between the BLM’s Elko District, U.S. Forest Service - Ruby Mountain Ranger District and local outdoor clothing store, Cedar Creek Clothing. The partners team up every year to provide fun, free, family outings to introduce people to their public lands. Read more...

Volunteers assembling a single rail fence.

Black Rock Rendezvous
The 2014 Black Rock Rendezvous was great success. The event lasted three days over Memorial Day weekend as approximately 175 volunteers, BLM staff, The Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and The Friends of Black Rock High Rock partnered to complete volunteer service projects, activities, and guided natural and cultural interpretive tours led by field experts. Read more...

Maggie Creek in the drought of 2012

BLM’s Landscape Approach in Managing Wetland Aquatic Habitat
Nevada has two ecosystems - Great Basin and Mojave deserts, which receive 6-12 inches and 2-6 inches of average yearly precipitation. This makes Nevada the driest state in the nation. Riparian areas are important havens for native fish and wildlife, many of which are listed as threatened or endangered species. Water resources in Nevada are scarce and precious. Increasing demand and development of public lands has put strain on water resources within Nevada, jeopardizing the health of the riparian areas they support. Read more...

Volunteers pose infront of truck filled with debris that no longer litters public land.Desert Clean-Up Program Makes Mincemeat of Trash
The Southern Nevada District Office Desert Clean-Up program boasted an extremely productive year that made the district’s three million acres of public land much more beautiful. Read more...
Deputy Director Neil Kornze Visits Nevada 
BLM Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze wrapped up a trip to BLM offices in Alaska, California and Nevada with a stop at the BLM Ely District Office on March 14. Capping off the visit was a tour of the $4.1 million Ely Regional Seed Warehouse, the latest addition to the BLM’s national seed warehouse system. Read more...
Photo of a helicopter with an aerial seeding bucket.

BLM Aerial Seeding of Fire Damaged Areas
The BLM Elko District hosted a public opportunity to view aerial seeding of lands near Lee, Nev. impacted by the Smith Ranch Fire during July 2013. The Smith Ranch Fire started July 19, 2013 and was contained on July 25 after burning 2,759 acres. Read more...

RNMC Donation to Benefit Eastern Nevada Wildlife and Wild Horses

RNMC Donation to Benefit Eastern Nevada Wildlife and Wild Horses
KGHM International’s Robinson Mine, known in White Pine County, Nevada, as the Robinson Nevada Mining Company (RNMC), and the BLM Ely District are teaming up to turn used haul truck tires into guzzlers for wildlife, livestock and wild horses. The tires were originally used on RNMC’s 240-ton haul trucks and are massive in size, ranging from nine to 13-feet tall. This new partnership gives Robinson an attractive alternative for disposing of its used tires. Read more...

BLM employees carry a 300 pound door to the Hidden Cave entrance for installation.BLM Nevada Installs New Door on “Hidden Cave” Entrance to Preserve Valuable Archaeological Assets
It took six BLM employees to transport a 300 pound door along a quarter mile trail to Hidden Cave within the Grimes Archaeological District in Nevada. The BLM Carson City Office replaced the door to protect the valuable archaeological assets inside the cave and to provide tour guides and authorized cave visitors with a user-friendly entrance. Read more...
Kids posed for a quick group photo during the Black Rock Rendezvous.

Black Rock Rendezvous
A great example of BLM’s volunteer partnership – the 2013 Black Rock Rendezvous. This Leave No Trace camping event attracted 200 participants during Memorial Day weekend last year on the west edge of the Black Rock Playa. Tours and lectures provided information to the public on a variety of subjects related to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). Read more...

Portrait of K-9 Law Enforcement Recruit. A german shepherd named Kahr.

Meet BLM's Newest Law Enforcement Recruit
BLM Southern Nevada District Office recently welcomed its newest K-9 team - Ryan Parr and his German Shepherd partner Kahr. Born in the Czech Republic 18 months ago, Kahr immigrated to the U.S. and began training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pa. Read more...

Mike Shaw holds a red-tailed hawk prior to releasing it back to the wild.

A Hawkwatch Field Trip for the Wells Field Office Staff
The Wells Field Office staff visited the Hawkwatch International Research Site in the Goshute Peak Wilderness Study Area (WSA). Julie Rodman, Cam Collins, 
Gerry Miller and Bruce Thompson made the 2.5 mile, 1,800 foot climb to the top of the ridge overlooking Christmas Tree Canyon with wonderful views of the Great Salt Lake Desert to the east and the Ruby Mountains to the west. Read more...