- Received a $135,250 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Pulling Together Program to benefit the cooperative weed management areas (CWMAs) operating under ENLC.
- Received an $8,000 grant from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the inventory and treatment of houndstongue, a noxious weed which poses a toxic threat to livestock in Nevada.
- Hosted third Great Basin Kids Workshop
- Received a $100,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Pulling Together Program to benefit the cooperative weed management areas (CWMAs) operating under ENLC
- Received a $2,100 grant from the Norcross Foundation for the purchase of field equipment.
- ENLC turned 10 years old May 15th, 2011
- Became fiscal manager for the Pinyon Juniper Partnership.
- Hosted second Great Basin Kids Workshop
- Edwards Creek Riparian Restoration Project completed
- Received a $75,000 Administrative Grant from the US Forest Service to aid the launch of the Pinyon Juniper Partnership
- Received a $7,000 grant from The Nevada Department of Agriculture to fund knapweed control on the Duckwater Reservation in the Railroad Valley
- Received a $6,818 grant from the Western Region Pest Management Center to fund ENLC’s annual Winter Weed Meeting
- Awarded a $100,000 Nevada Department of Wildlife Land Owner Incentive Program Grant for completion of the Edwards Creek Restoration Project.
- Awarded two Forest Service cooperative agreements ($37,000) to conduct rare and sensitive plant and animal studies in proposed project areas.
- Awarded an additional $80,000 from the US Forest Service to continue conducting vegetation inventories at their soil test plot sites.
- Received an $83,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Pulling Together Program targeted for the cooperative weed management areas (CWMA) operating under ENLC.
- Facilitated establishment of the Upper Meadow Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area in the Eagle Valley area of Lincoln County.
- Received $37,000 in grant funds from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the CWMA’s operating under ENLC.
- Hosted the first Great Basin Kids Workshop targeted at students from 4th through 8th grade.
- Awarded $150,000 cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Land Management to be used for invasive species management and education and outreach within the White Pine County portion of the White River CWMA.
- Awarded several private contract to conduct vegetation and wildlife surveys in proposed project sites.
- Completed the restoration work on the Edwards Creek Riparian Area Project.
- Awarded a $50,000 Nevada Department of Wildlife Land Owner Incentive Program Grant for Edwards Creek Restoration Project.
- Awarded a $50,000 Nevada Question 1 grant for the Edwards Creek Restoration Project.
- Awarded $36,100 in grant funds from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for weed work on the cooperative weed managementareas that operate under ENLC.
- Awarded a second round of grant funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the cooperative weed management areas. The total award was $31,500.
- Awarded a $112,657 cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management for invasive species control and education and outreach within the Snake Valley CWMA.
- Awarded a $90,000 cooperative agreement with the US Forest Service to conduct vegetation inventories at their soil test plot sites.
- Awarded a $29,000 cooperative agreement with the US Forest Service to conduct rare plant and sensitive wildlife species surveys in wilderness areas where former roads were designated for rehabilitation.
- Awarded $48,000 in cooperative agreements with the US Forest Service to conduct rare plant and sensitive species surveys in proposed restoration sites.
- Started restoration work on the Edwards Creek Riparian Restoration Project completed fencing repairs and initiated riparian area reconstruction.
- February 2008 hosted third annual winter invasive species meeting.
- February 2008 made a presentation at the UNR NGO conference on ENLC
- February 2008 awarded $12,800 in grants from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the Railroad Valley and Snake Valley cooperative weed management areas.
- March 2008 received approval from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to change Bastian Creek award to be used on the Edwards Creek riparian restoration project.
- June 2008 Carol Ferguson invited to join ENLC board of trustees
- June 2008 received new cooperative agreement from BLM for emergency, stabilization and rehabilitation work
- June 2008 ninth annual meeting and field tour
- June 2008 presentation to Nevada Legislature Public Lands Committee on ENLC
- July 2008 received new cooperative agreement from the BLM for watershed assessment work
- July 2008 received new cooperative agreement from the BLM for the Steptoe Valley cooperative weed management area
- November 2008 ENLC receives $3,000 grant from the Norcross Foundation
Gaining Momentum: 2004 - 2007
- February 2004, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation makes a $20,000 donation to ENLC.
- June 2004, hosted fifth annual workshop and tour
- August 2004, restoration work in Gleason Creek Watershed with the BLM begins.
- September 2004, awarded $250,000 Congressional earmark to initiate restoration work in the Gleason Creek Watershed.
- November 2004, recipient of $65,000 grant from Intermountain West Joint Ventures for restoration of sage grouse habitat in the Gleason Creek Watershed.
- November 2004, received $4000 grant from Patagonia for Aspen stand restoration work.
- November 2004, received $2500 grant from Norcross Foundation for new computer equipment.
- December 2004, notified of pending second $250,000 Congressional earmark to initiate restoration work in the Smith Valley Watershed.
- January 2005, received $47,800 in grants for the five cooperative weed management areas operating under ENLC – for weed control efforts and education and outreach efforts.
- March 2005, received a $5,000 grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry for the 2005 annual workshop.
- April 2005, received a $30,000 Partners in Wildlife grant from USFWS for work on private property in Gleason Creek and Sampson Creek.
- April 2005, receive two $5,000 Center for Invasive Plant Management grants for work in the Newark Long Valley CWMA on Leafy Spurge and for work in the Snake Valley CWMA on Tamarisk.
- June 2005, presented with U.S. Forest Service Centennial Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and leadership in public service during the Forest Service’s first century of service.
- December 2005, received $3,000 grant from Norcross Foundation for computer equipment and power point projector.
- January 2006, received $42,500 in grant funding from the Nevada Department of Agriculture for the Steptoe, Snake Valley, Newark/Long Valley, White River and Railroad Valley Cooperative Weed Management Areas.
- February 2006, hosted a winter noxious weed workshop for all interested parties. Workshop was sponsored by local Cooperative Weed Management Areas and Wilbur-Ellis Company. Purpose of the work shop was to educate participants on how to get the most bang for their buck out of the chemicals they use to control noxious weeds.
- March 2006, Gretchen Baker joins ENLC Board of Trustees.
- April 2006, received notification of $5,000 grant award from the Center for Invasive Plants for the Ruth/Robison CWMA.
- June 2006, ENLC received a certificate of appreciation from the Ely BLM office that states, “”In appreciation of your partnership in implementing the Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project. Through the leadership of the Board, dedication of your staff & support of your members, the coalition is in the forefront of restoring the ecological health of the Great Basin.”
- January 2007, completed restoration work on the Smith Valley Project.
- February 2007, hosted second annual winter invasive species meeting.
- March 2007, received $44,000 in Nevada Department of Agriculture grants for the cooperative weed management areas in White pine and Lincoln Counties.
- March 2007, received notification of a $60,000 grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a sagebrush restoration project at Bastian Creek.
- April 2007, received notification of a $77,000 grant award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for weed treatments in the cooperative weed management areas in White Pine and Lincoln Counties.
- April 2007, received a $5,000 grant from BASF for hoary cress treatments in White River Valley.
- June 2007, hosted eighth annual meeting and field tour.
- September 2007, Keith Carson invited to join ENLC Board of Trustees.
- December 2007, awarded 54,875 from US Fish and Wildlife Services for riparian restoration work on Edwards Creek in Churchill County.
The Early Years: 2001 - 2003
- April 2001 – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agreed to act as the umbrella organization for the Coalition, until such time as the Coalition had it’s own non-profit status and was financially secure.
- May 2001, the Coalition rented office space at 1776 Aultman in Ely. During the course of that year we hired a project coordinator, administrative aide, and a contract writer. The staff made several presentations around the state seeking support and donations for the Coalition. Coalition members also began seeking grants from several different sources.
- December 2001, the Coalition published its first quarterly newsletter, “Landscape News”.
- January of 2002, ENLC gets online.
- February of 2002, ENLC is incorporated in the State of Nevada.
- February of 2002, the ENLC steering committee elects the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition Board of Trustees, thus replacing the steering committee.
- March of 2002, Kathleen Clark, Director of the Bureau of Land Management visits eastern Nevada and meets with ENLC Board of Trustees.
- September of 2002, ENLC receives 501C nonprofit status from the IRS.
- December of 2002, ENLC publishes Annual Report for 2002.
- September 2003, Rebecca Watson, Assistant Interior Secretary meets with ENLC Board and tours Ely area.
- October 2003, ENLC steps out from under the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation umbrella and stands officially on its own.
- December 2003, ENLC publishes Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2003.
Planting a Seed
Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition was formalized at a meeting of nearly 100 individuals from a broad cross-section of organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies in Reno, Nevada, in March of 2001.
It became apparent during the meeting that everyone wanted to see something done on the ground to help restore landscape health in Eastern Nevada. Although there were many ideas how to do this, everyone realized that our restoration methods over the past several decades – 100 to 1000 acres at a time, were not accomplishing the task. The restoration projects needed to be on a much larger scale.
During the Reno meeting several people volunteered to officially serve on an executive committee and several others agreed to serve in an ex-officio capacity. This interim executive committee scheduled its next meeting for the end of April in Ely. Since that point in time the executive committee has met almost every month to develop the Coalition framework, address basic administrative tasks, and to discuss the first projects that the BLM wished to undertake – namely the Ely and Mount Wilson Urban Interface projects.
In addition to the steering committee meetings a committee made up primarily of the Bureau of Land Management personal, several individuals from the University of Nevada Reno and Utah State University and individuals from the steering committee who had a strong interest in research, began meeting on a monthly basis. This science committee outlined baseline data requirements, is in the process of identifying what data has already been collected, and in what areas additional data should be collected to properly monitor the projects.
The science committee also produced a white paper for the Coalition, which discusses the history of the Eastern Nevada landscape and how past management has brought us to this point. The paper discuss the consequences of doing nothing, and the forecast is catastrophic given the ecological conditions and threats from invasive species. Fire prevention is not good management in a fire disturbance regime. Doing nothing is not a viable option.
In the summer of 2000, Gene Kolkman, the Ely District Manager for the Bureau of Land Management, invited a group of leaders from the resource management and the conservation community to see what was happening on the land. The result was a commitment by several organizations to the vision of the land’s potential. The vision of workable ecosystem management with improvement on our past management practices caught the imaginations of this diverse group.
It was evident to this group that the lessons learned from the adaptive management process on private lands could be implemented on public lands. These lessons have taught us to manage for the land while using it, rather than managing for the use.