Jim Stanger


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  • Volunteer to Assist with BLM's Every Kid in a Park School Program

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  • Stewardship begins with the Community

    The Bureau of Land Management may manage our public lands, but it's We The People that own it. It's up to us to do the housekeeping needed to keep it maintained and protected for future generations to enjoy and learn from. To that end we organize a growing number of stewardship work days each year with key partners such as the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Henderson. Our signature event each year is National Public Lands Day, and that day is almost here! We'll be organizing a group of 30 or so volunteers to install replacement and new trail signage along Sloan's 601 trail. Join us for a morning of some sweat, lots of fun with outdoors friends, and the satisfaction of contributing to the stewardship of our local public lands. We own them, it's up to us to do the housekeeping. We're starting at 7:30am Saturday, September 30th at the McCullough Hills Trailhead. Contact Ranger Gina at gmele@blm.gov or by phone at 702-515-5355 to register. 

    National Public Land Day 2017 Flyer

  • January Information Desk Training

    Have you visited Sloan Canyon NCA's visitor contact station? Did you receive some useful maps, information and wisdom from someone at the information desk? And have you ever wondered how to can introduce the community to Sloan Canyon? Well wonder no longer, that person can be you. You can be an information desk volunteer! All you need to do is go through a half-day training session led by a BLM ranger, then signup for 1 or more 4-hour shifts at the station. It's fun and easy!

    Our next volunteer training session starts at 10am on Wednesday, January 18 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Pkwy. Here's the schedule:

    10:00am-10:30am - BLM Volunteer Orientation
    10:30am-11:15am - Trails of Sloan Training
    11:15am-11:45pm - Geology Training
    01:15pm-01:30pm - Wilderness Training
    01:30pm-02:00pm - Wildlife Overview

    RSVP is required, contact BLM Ranger Gina Mele at 702-515-5355 or by email at gmele@blm.gov.

    See you at the contact station!

  • Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

    From the Friends of Sloan Canyon, much love and happiness this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, Southern Nevada!

    Merry Christmas!

  • The National Conservation Lands

    The National Conservation Lands are 31 million acres of our most ecologically rich and culturally significant lands—open to all—managed by the Bureau of Land Management. These places, mostly large and pristine landscapes, are found throughout the West, Alaska and even extend to the East Coast. America’s newest collection of protected public lands and waterways stands alongside our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of America’s heritage and drivers of the nation’s $646 billion outdoor recreation economy.

    Freedom, Discovery & Beauty

    The National Conservation Lands include National Monuments and National Conservation Areas, Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails. These nationally significant lands embody freedom, discovery and unique outdoor experiences. 

    From hiking, biking and horseback riding like we do here at Sloan Canyon to whitewater rafting and catching trophy brown trout in Colorado’s Browns Canyon National Monument to world-class rock climbing in Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (NCA) to coastal camping and hiking on the black sand beaches of California’s King Range NCA, the recreational opportunities afforded by the National Conservation Lands are unmatched—and they support the tourism and recreation economies of many rural Western communities.    

    The National Conservation Lands ensure our clean air and water, while protecting critical habitat for our wildlife. Most National Conservation Lands areas are open to hunting and fishing, and offer some of America’s best places for sportsmen to carry on outdoor traditions.

    This collection of protected public lands also protects and preserves America’s sacred sites and cultural history. From ancient Puebloan cultures of 1,000 years ago to Spanish, Mexican, Native American and American settler histories from recent centuries, the National Conservation Lands represent a complete tour of the history of the American West. Our American military history is also preserved in places like California’s Fort Ord National Monument.

    ...But There Are Threats

    The lands, rivers and trails within the National Conservation Lands have been designated for protection, but they are also incredibly vulnerable. They face abuse from reckless oil and gas drilling and irresponsible off-road vehicle use. They are subject to looting, vandalism and neglect from underfunding. Working together we can reduce these threats with on-the-ground work, partnerships and advocacy.

    Threats to these lands also come from Congressional attacks on the Antiquities Act—a bedrock conservation law that has been used by 16 Presidents—8 from each party—to protect our nation’s heritage. Many of our national monuments and national parks would not exist today if they had not been protected under the Antiquities Act.

    NCL Map

  • The Visitor Contact Station is Now Open

    We've been talking about it on social media for a few weeks now, but in case you missed all that and the writeup in the Review-Journal and the other community buzz Sloan's new visitor contact station is open and active. During the summer it'll be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am-4:30pm.

    Sloan Station Hours

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  • New Henderson trails guide available

    Henderson resident Alan O'Neill has released an excellent guide to the city's almost 120 miles of hiking and biking trails. It's available as a PDF download.

    Henderson Trails GuideHenderson Trails Guide PDF (69Mb)

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  • BLM Volunteer Training Dates for March 2016

    The next round of BLM led volunteer training is up. If you're interested in working the contact station info desk this is training you need to get in on.

    Dates are March 17 & 19 at the Henderson Multigenerational Center. Yes, that's tomorrow and Friday...sorry for the late notice! There should be more training opportunities in weeks ahead.

    Direct questions to The Sloan Ranger, Gina Mele, at gmele@blm.gov or 702-515-5355.

    March Training Schedule

  • Getting into Sloan Canyon During Road Construction

    Feb 16 UPDATE: Reports are the route described below has been fenced off. Once we get a confirmation on the best route we'll post it.

    We have a quick update on access to the petroglyph area for the next few months. Construction has officially begun on the paved road leading to the new visitor contact center. For the duration of the construction work vehicular access to the Sloan Canyon parking area will be cutoff. BLM is asking all visitors wishing to visit Sloan Canyon from the north to park at Adventura Park, located on Via Firenze just south of Bicentennial Parkway. From the park walk south on Via Firenze to where it meets Democracy Drive. Proceed west along the new road then south at the BLM Sloan Canyon sign to the unpaved parking area. The trailhead is located at the parking lot. A larger more detailed view of this map is available on Google Maps.

    Map of Sloan Canyon Access


  • Volunteer

    We're always looking for assistance with various programs including staffing the Sloan NCA visitor contact station, community outreach, education and trail monitoring/maintenance. If you'd like more information about helping out with these efforts fill out your info below and check our events page, Twitter, Facebook or our email newsletter for projects to sign up for.

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  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.)

  • 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!


  • Welcome Basin and Range National Monument

    Basin and Range NM pic by Tyler Roemer

    The National Conservations Lands system has some new local additions. Basin and Range National Monument was established by President Obama today along with Berryessa Snow Mountain in Northern California and Waco Mammoth in Texas.

    Basin and Range is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas and spans Coal and Garden Valleys along with much of the Golden Gate, Worthington and Seaman Ranges. It's a shot at conserving not just one small portion of an ecosystem but more of a connected whole that should help protect species as they migrate and adapt to different areas in response to changes in climate.

    Like Sloan Canyon NCA Basin and Range is rich in cultural history with rock art sites scatters throughout the area, including well known sites in both the Mt. Irish and White River Narrows Archeological Districts. It's also the home of City, a monumental work of art created by Michael Heizer over the past 40+ years. City is 1.25 miles long and .25 mile wide, roughly the size of the Washington DC's National Mall, and consists of a series of complexes reflecting aspects of both ancient architecture and modern technology.

    You can find out more about Basin and Range National Monument with tips on visiting at Jim Boone's Bird and Hike website.

    Welcome Basin and Range National Monument!

  • We're Looking for Volunteers


    With an increase in general visitation at Sloan Canyon NCA and work underway on the access road and contact station south of the Inspirada community Friends of Sloan Canyon will be scouring the metro Las Vegas area this summer looking for people willing to volunteer their time supporting our group's primary projects and initiatives.

    Do you spend significant time on Sloan's trail system? Whether you move with shoes, pedals or hooves you can make a difference by joining our trail monitoring team. Reporting conditions in the NCA helps BLM deal with issues such as graffiti, trash dumping and trail erosion.

    As issues are reported we'll be working with BLM to get maintenance crews out to repair trails, place signage, restore damaged habitat and generally keep the NCA's infrastructure in good shape.

    If the natural beauty, science and community surrounding Sloan Canyon NCA appeals to you more than hitting the trails you're welcome to join us in our outreach and education efforts! We're always looking for people to help organize events & meetups, exhibit at places like farmers markets & community events and educate people of all ages on the natural and geologic wonders of our local National Conservation Area.

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  • New NLCS Maps are Available from BLM


    In celebration of the 15th anniversary of your National Conservation Lands system the Bureau of Land Management is in the process of redoing the websites for all of the system's units including Sloan Canyon NCA. This refresh includes new online maps available now! There are both interactive and printable versions available, and they work great on mobile devices.

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