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Marking a Milestone and Making a Difference

30th anniversary celebration includes volunteer events across Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV | April 07, 2014

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating clean air and water, iconic landscapes, wildlife habitat, responsible energy development and a strong economy as it marks a milestone…30 years of working in Nevada! The non-profit organization is working collaboratively across the state to ensure our state’s important natural qualities endure for generations to come. 

“Our quality of life is dependent on healthy land and water,” says Matthew Tuma, the Conservancy in Nevada’s state director. “What we do for nature in Nevada is a gift for our future.” 

With support from more than 5,000 local members and 1,000 volunteers, and working alongside landowners, businesses, elected officials and other organizations, the Conservancy has helped protect more than 3 million acres and 26 miles of rivers and streams in Nevada. Additionally, the chapter manages 2,046 acres at its preserves across the state.

“We’ve built a very strong conservation legacy in Nevada,” adds Tuma. “Most people don’t know that we had a hand in protecting many of Nevada’s most popular and iconic places like Red Rock Canyon, Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows and the Ruby Marshes.”

Using sound science and innovative tools, the Conservancy is developing solutions that benefit people and nature. “Our approach to protecting natural areas has changed through the years,” says Michael Cameron, the chapter’s associate state director. “Rather than small pieces of land or a portion of a stream, we’re developing solutions for large scale landscapes so we can the greatest impact possible.” 

The Conservancy is developing solutions in these areas:

  • Mojave Desert: Using science and engaging in policy discussions surrounding industrial-scale solar installations on public lands near Las Vegas.
  • Colorado River: Advancing water management flexibility to avoid construction of a pipeline that would pump groundwater from eastern Nevada to Las Vegas.
  • Eastern Sierra: Protecting and restoring three of the four largest rivers in Nevada – the Truckee, Carson and Walker – all of which originate in the Sierra Nevada.
  • Sagebrush Ecosystems: Using science in partnership with the mining industry in Nevada to develop Sage Grouse habitat restoration plans for roughly 2 million acres in north-central Nevada. 

The Conservancy is hosting native planting, restoration and clean up volunteer events across the state:

  • Tracy Restoration Site near Reno, April 13, 19 & 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Clark County Wetlands Park in Las Vegas, April 12 and May 10, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • McCarran Ranch Preserve near Reno, May 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in participating in these or forthcoming volunteer opportunities can register by contacting Martin Swinehart at or by clicking here.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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