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Conservation directors meeting in Winnemucca Oct. 23-24

By ThisIsReno


Practicing conservation during tough economic times will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Nevada Conservation Districts in Winnemucca, Oct. 23-24.

“We need to keep the land healthy and productive especially when money is tight if we’re going to feed this country,” said Patsy Tomera, president of the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts. “Sometimes pressing issues like sage-grouse and livestock identification get overwhelming but as farmers and ranchers, we need to remember that our purpose is to keep food on the table.”

Among the topics to be discussed are wildfire reclamation, pinyon-juniper treatment and drought and wildfire assistance. Sherm Swanson with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will discuss riparian area management. Wayne Mansanares from Barrick’s Turquoise Ridge Mine will discuss mine reclamation efforts.

“Anyone interested in conservation efforts in Nevada is welcome to attend,” said Tomera.

Registration for the two-day meeting costs $80 and includes a luncheon and banquet. Registration forms are available online at nv.nrcs.usda.gov. Registration is due by Oct. 20.

The Association will be presenting awards for excellence in rangeland management and distinguished service, and conducting an auction to raise money for scholarships .

Nevada’s 28 conservation districts are made up of local residents who volunteer their time to protect and enhance natural resources.

For more information, contact NvACD president Patsy Tomera at (775) 754-2333 or Liz Warner at (775) 857-8500 x 105.

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