Call for Entries to Inspirada's Rockin'Art Contest

The Inspirada community is hosting a great new art contest called Rockin'Art of Sloan Canyon, and we're helping get the word out for entries. Open to all Southern Nevada residents, Kids, teens, and adults are encouraged to submit entries related to Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area leading up to this year’s Stroll ‘n Roll at Inspirada. Check out beautiful artwork, vote on your favorites, and help a lucky winner score $250 in prize money! For more information on rules and how to enter visit Inspirada's Facebook page or go to the official contest site at inspirada.com/rockinart.

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Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area Seeking Input on Proposed Developments

BLM Nevada News
Southern Nevada District Office
FOR RELEASE: September 28, 2015
CONTACT: Kirsten Cannon (702) 515-5057; k1cannon@blm.gov

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area Seeking Input on Proposed Developments

Las Vegas – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Red Rock/Sloan Field Office is seeking public input regarding proposed developments in Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. The public meeting will be held on October 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Levi Strauss & Co. located at 501 Executive Airport Drive, Henderson.

The meeting format will consist of a short presentation at 6:15 p.m. describing the proposed action and other alternatives considered followed by a question and answer session. The environmental analysis will be posted on the BLM website at http://1.usa.gov/1VdYEke. Written comment forms will be available at the meeting and comments may also be sent to bwarner@blm.gov through October 12.

All proposed developments will aid in the protection and conservation of resources and includes a paved access road from Democracy Drive into Sloan Canyon, paved parking at the entrance of Petroglyph Canyon, installation of a temporary visitor contact station including restrooms and interpretative materials as well as the addition of non-motorized trails.

To view an animation of the route, please visit https://youtu.be/6Uo0MWPAt4Y

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For additional information about the meeting, please call the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area at (702) 515-5350.

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From Military Service to Green Service

A new partnership is coming to southern Nevada! With generous support from the NV Energy Foundation, this partnership of local and national organizations has set out to provide jobs, training and work experience for veterans, engaging volunteers from the community to improve recreation, habitat and protect Native American cultural sites at one of Nevada’s best public lands: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area!

VCC Project Partners

Here's how it works. Project partners include the Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Conservation Corps, Friends of Sloan Canyon, Conservation Lands Foundation, City of Henderson, and NV Energy Foundation. They have teamed up to hire post-9/11 veterans as part of the Nevada Conservation Corps. This all-veterans conservation corps will work for three months starting this Fall building trails, installing new signs, restoring native plants and better protecting Native American cultural sites. In addition to pay, they receive transferable job skills and experience that can help them move into other land management or wildfire-fighting positions.

On September 26 and November 7 this new Veterans Conservation Corps will train volunteers from the community to be trail stewards, teaching them the fundamentals of trail monitoring and maintenance. As Friends of Sloan Canyon volunteers, they will help BLM keep these popular trails well maintained and open for the public to enjoy for years to come.

On September 26, members of the media and other special guests are invited to Sloan Canyon’s McCullough Hills Trailhead to see this partnership in action. They can meet the veterans, volunteers, and representatives from partnering organizations, as well as see and learn more about Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Sloan Canyon is part of BLM's National Conservation Lands—31 million acres of some the most ecologically important and culturally significant lands in the West. Sloan Canyon is the scenic backdrop to the City of Henderson and beloved for its hiking and running trails, wildflowers, petroglyphs and other natural wonders.

Check back with the Friends of Sloan Canyon website for project updates as they happen. You can also visit the Conservation Lands Foundation website.

CLF's project contact is Charlotte Overby, char@conservationlands.org.

Join the conversation online with the hashtag #SloanCanyonVeteransCorps.

 

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Upcoming SNRAA Sloan Canyon Presentation

Our friends at Southern Nevada Rock Art Association have an upcoming talk focusing on oriented boulder of Sloan Canyon NCA, Orientated Boulders in Sloan Canyon: The Well-Known and the Newly Discovered.

Recently recognized oriented boulders, rock more massive than one person might manipulate, have been found to exist in the Sloan Canyon NCA and Wilderness.

A well known site of these oriented boulders will be examined with respect to evidence of Native Americans, miners, ranchers, settlers and explorers, and a newly rediscovered site will be introduced, including evidence of possible origin and consideration of alignment.

Gordon Hamilton is the President of SNRAA and a Nevada Site Steward. Paul Renois is a Site Steward Regional Coordinator. Doug Rorer is a Nevada Site Steward. All three are members of the Nevada Rock Art Foundation and have helped record multiple rock art sites for the Department of the Interior and the State of Nevada.

SNRAA's monthly meeting is Monday, August 24, 6:30am at the REI Boca (710 S. Rampart Blvd.)

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SNRAA Meeting and Talk this Monday

Huge Stone Tools Found in Utah Desert

Some news from our friends at the Southern Nevada Rock Art Association. Their next meeting is on Monday, July 27th, from 6:45 to 8:45 pm, at the Boca Park REI, 710 S. Rampart Blvd. The guest speaker will be Deron Duke, PhD of Far Western Anthropological Research Group presenting "New Finds Suggest Mammoth Hunting in the Great Salt Lake Desert."

Recent finds from the Great Salt Lake Desert are providing new evidence about the nature and distribution of Haskett projectile points in the Great Basin. The Haskett type is a rarely found representative of the Western Stemmed Tradition, a Paleoindian stone tool complex. The type is interpreted to be a spear point for hunting large game. A group of dates collected near the finds indicates ages between 13,000 and 12,000 calendar years ago for the wetlands used by hunters. The assemblage includes the largest complete Haskett specimen yet documented archaeologically, and another specimen that has tested positive to antiserum of the elephant family, presumably mammoth.

Check out the SNRAA events page for more information and future presentations. Their August talk will feature some of Sloan Canyon's own site stewards, Gordon Hamilton & Paul Renois!

 

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