City of North Las Vegas LogoIn September 2013, the northwest area of the Las Vegas Valley and the Carpenter One Fire scar area were impacted by a severe rainstorm producing intense rainfall and heavy runoff which washed a large amount of soil and debris into the City of North Las Vegas’ detention basin located at Sand Stone Ridge Park.

As a result of the storm, over 26,000 cubic yards of soil coated the basin floor. The deposited soil was tested and it was determined to be highly enriched soils and was perfect for use as topsoil.

Bucket of Top SoilPublic Works staff members worked with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Bureau of Land Management to enable the soil to be used by the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard in North Las Vegas. This great partnership saved the City, Regional Flood Control District, and taxpayers an estimated $156,000.

The soil is now available for pick-up from the Research Center on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. The soil is free if loaded by the individual and only $1 per tractor scoop loaded. The Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, please contact Jon Chodacki, research center technician, at 702-466-4267.

The Master Gardeners will offer free tours of the Cooperative Extension Demonstration Gardens on Fridays, May 16, 23 and 30. No tours will be offered in June, July or August.

Meet at the MG Help Desk at 10 a.m. for a guided tour by one of our experienced Garden Guides. Walking shoes, hats, water, etc. are recommended. Cooperative Extension is located at 8050 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas 89123. Call 702-257-5555 for more information or visit/like the Master Gardener Facebook page!

Red rose drawingFree and open to the public, the May 22 meeting topic is Roses in the Desert Summer Heat and Wind presented by Judith Kafantaris, Master Gardener and Consulting Rosarian. Heat and dry winds are a reality in the desert. What can be done to help the roses get through this summer weather and get ready for fall blooms? Should the focus be on the soil, fertilizers, mulch, water, wind/sun barriers? Is there one that is more important than the others, or are they all important? More info!

Dr. Parker's book coverJoin Dr. Josh Parker, co-author of the book: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mojave Desert, as he discusses the diversity of the Mojave and shares some of his stunning reptile and amphibian images. There will be a book signing immediately following the presentation.

The Nevada Naturalist program is hosting this free, community event May 13 from 6-8 pm at the Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, Nev. For more Nevada Naturalist information, visit/like the Facebook page!