by Bob Conrad
The Nevada Natural Heritage Program (NNHP), Desert Research Institute and the Nature Conservancy announced today the publication of the Nevada Springs Conservation Plan.
The plan is the culmination of a partnership among the three entities and more than three years of field work, data analysis and conservation planning.
“Springs are important to Nevada citizens and to their livelihoods, and isolated springs in Nevada are often hotspots of biodiversity,” said Jennifer Newmark, administrator of NNHP, a division of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Of the 69 highest priority conservation sites identified by NNHP in 2006, 53 are springs with rare plant and animal life.”
Since the mid-1980s, DRI has been gathering information on springs throughout the state and has been documenting the condition of the springs. The springs conservation plan reports on the condition of 283 springs. It shows that:
Newmark said that the report “was made possible by a dedicated team of folks who participated in working groups that refined key ecological attributes as well as assessed the threats to these systems.”
The contributors include: Susan Abele and Greg Low with the Nature Conservancy (Abele is now with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service); Don Sada with Desert Research Institute; Jennifer Newmark and Janel Johnson with the Nevada Natural Heritage Program; Steve Caicco with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Jon Sjoberg with Nevada Department of Wildlife; Bob Boyd and Sandra Brewer with the Bureau of Land Management; and Ross Haley with the National Park Service.
Printed copies are available by request to Desirae Munns at the Nevada Natural Heritage Program: 775-684-2903 or email@example.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
Nevada Natural Heritage Program