Friends of Sloan Canyon continues to grow and evolve taking on greater roles as a conduit between the community and Sloan Canyon. The Bureau of Land Management is moving forward to implement it's management plan for the NCA, and in 2015 we entered into a partnership with them in support of these efforts. Activities and initiatives being planned include:
Contact Station Staffing
Designs and construction are underway for Sloan Canyon's first information center, located at the NCA border between Henderson's new Inspirada community and the petroglyph canyon area. A paved road will lead visitors to what will evolve in the years ahead into a permanent visitor center. Friends of Sloan Canyon has committed to coordinating a group of volunteers that will staff the initial contact station alongside BLM staff.
Trail Monitoring and Maintenance
With increased use comes increases responsibility in conservation and protection. We're making efforts to ensure our trails and access points are clean, unobstructed and undisturbed by human presence as possible by starting Sloan Canyon NCA's first dedicated trail monitoring and maintenance program.
FSC continues to reach out to the community over the entire metro Las Vegas area with temporary information stations at various community events. In the months ahead you'll also be seeing us at local civic centers, schools, trailheads and shopping areas. Along with getting the word about concerning current Sloan news we're also looking for people to volunteer their time and expertise in support of group activities.
We will continue our educational efforts expanding out from in-school programs for youngsters to guided hikes and activities within Sloan NCA itself. Our quarterly speaker series will continue. If you're an educator or scientist and would like to contribute to these endeavors we'd love to talk to you!
We're part of the Friends Grassroots Network
Conservation starts with community, and history has shown that places are best protected when there is a group of local citizen advocates to lead the effort. As members of the Friends Grassroots Network we do critical, on-the-ground work to steward and protect the National Conservation Lands. We also use our collective voice as a national network to advance strong conservation management policies and practices. In 2014 the Friends Grassroots Network collectively raised over $2 million to support this work.