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Dating back to the era when Franklin D. Roosevelt was still President, this brochure provides you with anything you want to know about the Conservation District and the meaning of conservation.
 
The Conservation District of Southern Nevada has made valuable connections to ensure successful public outreach events, through such events we have spread the word to protect our natural resources, and we have created partnerships that have helped to carry our voice to the public about building a sustainable community.
 All of our purposes and goals are explained thoroughly in this brochure.
 
 

 
It has been said that Nevada's Conservation Districts are the best kept secret in the state. Conservation Districts work for the conservation and proper development of the state's renewable natural resources by taking available technical, financial and educational resources, and coordinating them to meet the needs of landowners and land users.
 
Districts ability to utilize partnerships, apply for grant funding and encourage volunteer participation is truly unique.
 
This document is a compliation of a few of the many Conservation District projects and programs implemented throughout the State of Nevada.


Greenbuilding:

Straw Bale Classroom and Moapa Demonstration Gardens Brochure
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The Conservation District of Southern Nevada (CDSN) partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and Moapa Valley High School to create a straw-bale classroom built by students.
 
The structure is surrounded by the Demonstration gardens that features Xeriscape gardening with drought tolerant plants. The CDSN also partnered with the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management for this project.

The straw bale structure and demonstration gardens are located at the Moapa Valley Farm: 1625 Moapa Valley Blvd. Overton, NV 89040.


WATER CONSERVATION
 
 
 
Whether you're new to landscaping or a practiced hand, this guide can help you.
The irrigation guide is broken down into sections that describe the different pieces of a drip system; shows how to select the right combination of pieces for your landscape; explains how to install the system; and teaches you how to maintain your system.
 
This guide was developed to provide information on designing a proper drip system while balancing the water needs between low and medium water use plants.
Using this information you can increase drip irrigation efficiency, save water, increase landscape health and increase your property value.
Do your part to help quell the drought. Install drip irrigation.


  
Help stop water waste by calling the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Conservation Helpline at (702) 258-SAVE.
 

 
 
 

Water Quality:
Down the Drain Stormwater and You Workbook

This workbook is an elementary level guide for children to learn about keeping our water clean.
It teaches them the values of our local drinking water source, Lake Mead, and how they can protect it.
It's filled with puzzles, word scrambles and other activities that promote the message of keeping Lake Mead clean.




Prevent Stormwater Pollution Brochure
 
The Stormwater Quality Management Committee is a multi-agency effort working together to comply with stat and federal regulations that protect our water resources.
This brochure outlines what the problem is with our local stormwater quality and what residents can do to help pacify the problem.




This bookmark was created using the poster designs of the 3rd place winner from our Stormwater Quality Awareness poster contest.
This bookmark is a great tool for all to learn a little more about what they should be aware of when it comes to being stormwater smart.
 
 
 




You May Be Polluting Lake Mead...and not even know it!

The goal of this brochure is to alert residents that dumping litter or other common hazardous materials is harmful to our environment and our water quality.
The brochure pinpoints the problem with storm drain pollution and what you can do to be the solution.
A reward was received for this brochure.
 
  


Air Quality:



This colorful poster was created in partnership with the Department of Air Quality and Environmental
Management to be placed in classrooms all over the valley.
 
 Sign you can print out for DUST!
 

 

Originally written in 1997, this guide provides public information about our air quality and how to improve it.
 
Each chapter explains one pollutant, its sources, and its effect on public health.
 
The CDSN is working in cooperation with the Clark County Department of Air Quality Management to produce an updated booklet.
 
 
 
 
 

 

This Pollen Fact Sheet, revised in July 2011 in conjunction with the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management, explains what you should know about pollen and how to avoid it.
 
The Fact Sheet also contains plant suggestions for a "Sneezeless Landscape".
 
 
 
 

 
 


 
 
This brochure is specifically geared for any amateur biologists interested in learning more about our plants and animals. The booklet gives you profile information for every kind species you might find at the Wetlands Park or Wash. It also explains the importance of each animal's habitat as well as the plant life and what roles they play in their ecosystem.
 
 
 
 
"When we decided to develop the 'Plants and Animals of the Las Vegas Wash and Clark County Wetlands Park' field guide, we knew immediately who we wanted to partner with to design it: The Conservation District of Southern Nevada. The knowledge and expertise they bring to outreach and education projects is invaluable."

-Keiba Crear, Manager, Environmental Monitoring and Management Division,
Southern Nevada Water Authority 


 Soil: Much more than dirt!

This is a useful guide to help you learn more about managing your soil.
 
Along with a year round maintenance calendar this guide includes information about soil biology, chemistry, erosion, and different soil characteristics
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Southern Nevada Regional Plant List was created by the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's (SNRPC) Regional Urban Forestry Work Group including local experts in horticulture, arborists, and urban foresters. The plants listed are all adapted to our desert environment and are for suggested use in new developments and in retrofits to existing landscapes in Southern Nevada. The list was approved region-wide in June 2011 and will be updated as necessary.

The intent of the list is to provide a single, region-wide reference for landscape designers, architects, developers and residents to select appropriate plants when designing their projects in the Las Vegas area. This list is divided between trees and other plants, including shrubs, groundcovers, vines, succulents, and perennials. It is sorted alphabetically by botanical name and includes the common names of the plants. There are several columns of attributes that can be used to determine which plants are appropriate to use in specific situations.
 

 
 
Trees For Tomorrow: Tree Selection and Care Guide
Trees for Tomorrow was created by the High Desert Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) to educate Southern Nevada residents on the benefits of trees and to help homeowners choose the right trees for their landscape setting. The goal of this booklet is to help homeowners successfully select and establish trees.
 



 Fugitive Dust

This guide created by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) elaborates on the negative effects that windblown dust has on agricultural lands in Nevada.
 
It is a guide to assist agricultural enterprises in Nevada to evaluate the potential for dust production associated with their agricultural practices and to provide information on practical measures to reduce dust production.
 
By discussing practical and economical methods to reduce and prevent topsoil from becoming airborne during agricultural activities this can assist landowners in understanding their role in protecting the environment, their neighbors, and their employees' livestock
 

 Invasive Weed Identification for Nevada

Invasive plants are usually non-native species that have been introduced either intentionally or by accident and spread from human settings into natural areas with negative effects to our environment. Free from the plant eaters and parasites that keep them in check in their native ranges, they reproduce rapidly and spread aggressively, taking over natural areas and altering biological communities. Invasive plants have been referred to as a form of biological pollution. This brochure, created by the University of Nevada at Reno's Cooperative Extension in partnership with other agancies, is a guide where you will learn to identify the most prevalent and problematic invasive plants in our region and how to control them.
 
 
 
 


 
 
The Conservation District teamed with the Southern Nevada Environmental Task Force to develop this directory to better aid the questions of southern Nevada residents.
 
The directory lists many agencies in an effort to provide information concerning environmental public assistance offices.
 
 
 
 

 

Backyard Conservation Booklet


Each section of this helpful booklet provides helpful backyard conservation hints and tips. A glossary, important telephone numbers and we sites, and lists of recommended plants are included in the back. These conservation practices can help your backyard bloom and enhance its natural beauty.