Douglas County Programs
Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension faculty work on an interagency and interdisciplinary cadre that puts on Riparian Proper Function Condition Assessment trainings and works with agencies and watershed groups to develop collaboration about riparian management.
As the most biologically diverse and the most frequently overused component of Nevada rangelands, riparian areas have attracted a great deal of management attention. Generally, if riparian areas function properly, all land users will benefit and this provides a great vehicle for riparian restoration, including enhancement of water quality, habitat for listed or important species, forage for livestock, water for agriculture, etc. By focusing on the physical functioning of riparian areas, with proper management of uses within the potential and capability of individual settings, we strive to avoid the conflict of differing values. Cooperative Extension faculty work on an interagency and interdisciplinary cadre that puts on Riparian Proper Function Condition Assessment trainings and works with agencies and watershed groups to develop collaboration about riparian management.
This cadre is tied to other cadres in western states through the National Riparian Service Team of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Natural Resources and Conservation Services. The Nevada Riparian Cadre teaches Riparian Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) Assessment. For Creeks and Communities, the cadre teaches classes and provides expert assistance with riparian assessment and collaborative management. Riparian Proper Functioning Condition Assessment is used as the minimum riparian assessment by the BLM and is recommended for watershed-wide assessments. It increases landowner and land manager interaction and cooperation under the themes of Cooperative Riparian Restoration and the national program, Creeks and Communities.
Contact: Sherm Swanson, State Range/Riparian Specialist, 775-784-4057
Eagles & Agriculture
Green Industry Training Programs of Northern Nevada
Green Industry Training (GIT) and Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES) are cost- and time-efficient approaches to serving the Green Industries of northern Nevada, including nursery workers, landscapers, arborists, irrigation and lawn care professionals. The Green Industry Training program begins in late winter with eight three-hour sessions of entry-level training for new industry workers, for those desiring to work in the industry and for existing industry professionals desiring a skills "tune-up." After "basic training," industry members are invited to monthly continuing education opportunities — one hour per month over the noon hour — to hone and improve their skills.
Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)
Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS) is a compilation of evidence-based engagement and assessment tools that is used to audit and map community environmental features that support and/or hinder healthful eating and physical activity among community members. The MAPPS method integrates photography, participatory community mapping using global positioning system (GPS) technology, and residents’ voiced perceptions of their community. HEAL MAPPS engages people in community-based participatory research to document attributes of the rural community environment that are perceived by residents as obesity preventing or promoting and assess the local resources and readiness to implement community-level obesity prevention strategies to prevent unhealthy weight gain/overweight and obesity among children and their families.
Keeping Kids Safe: Recognizing, Reporting, and Responding to Child Maltreatment
Preventing child abuse and neglect is a high priority in Elko County. Child caregivers, youth workers, volunteers and anyone interested in learning what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect can attend this workshop. Participants learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, understand their reporting requirements and their role in preventing child maltreatment.
Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages
Living With Fire
Master Gardeners in Nevada
Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans. They are volunteers who learn advanced plant science skills from at least 50 hours of classroom instruction by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) professionals. After training, Master Gardeners volunteer a minimum of at least 50 hours a year to pass along their newly acquired knowledge through the media, talks and workshops. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and develop community gardens.
Processing and Marketing of Local Meat Products: A Feasibility Analysis
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed a feasibility study to find ways to improve financial stability for Nevada livestock producers through processing and niche marketing.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) develops and delivers a comprehensive risk management education program to livestock and forage producers in Nevada.
Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties
|4-H Youth Development|
|Food Safety Project|
|Grow Your Own, Nevada|
|Herds and Harvest|
|Invasive Species (Weeds)|
|Nevada Radon Education Program|
|Nevada State GEAR UP|
|Nevada Youth Range Camp|
|People of the Land|
|Pesticide Safety Education Program|
|Riparian and Watershed Assessment and Management|
|Stronger Economies Together|
|Weed Prevention and Management|