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Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training

Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one UNCE representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period. A committee of industry representative reviews evaluations from the previous year to decide future educational direction and topics. During the evaluation process, the program is reviewed, modified and revised according to the needs of the clientele. As part of the marketing of this program, two articles citing the importance of Desert Green appear in regional trade publications.

Issue

Water issues are crucial to the commercial horticulture industry. A survey of commercial clientele for Southern Nevada conducted in 2006 (n=180) showed that seventy five percent of those responding prefer education in workshops, conferences and demonstrations. The multimillion-dollar Green Industry in Southern Nevada includes golf courses (the equivalent of 60 eighteen-hole courses), mega resorts/casinos, nurseries and the pesticide industry. Few training opportunities exist within the state. The need to teach environmental stewardship to industry clientele was demonstrated through surveys and clientele interviews. Partnerships were created with the editor and owner of Southwest Trees and Turf magazine, the Golf Course Superintendents Association and other commercial representatives interested in exploring this issue. It was concluded that there should be community-based educational programs, with Cooperative Extension playing a major role. The overall goal of this association is to teach water conservation and protection to the Green Industry in Southern Nevada and adjoining states with similar needs.

What Has Been Done

In 2017, over 381 clients from five states attended the Desert Green training program. M.L. Robinson, area extension specialist for UNCE, is the educational representative, co-chair and non-voting board member. More than 85 participants attended the pesticide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) session of Desert Green. The conference was held in collaboration with the southwest chapter of the International Society of Arborists (ISA). Over the past 20 years, nearly 120,000 classroom hours have been provided to over 5,854 students through this program. Post conference surveys continue to reflect that this is still one of the best attended educational training sessions in the southwest.

Impact

In 2017, participants reported that these classes produced a positive impact on their job performance in connection with water conservation. In the past twenty years, more than 3,541 professionals have been educated in water conservation and protection, Integrated Pesticide Maintenance (IPM)/pesticide safety and the use of native and other water efficient plants. Over 250 participants attended 36 classes, the equivalent of over 9,500 classroom hours.

Partners

The Desert Green Foundation consisting of representatives of Green Industry professional organization and Educational institutions.

Programs Program Information

4-H Youth Development

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training

Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one UNCE representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period. A committee of industry representative reviews evaluations from the previous year to decide future educational direction and topics. During the evaluation process, the program is reviewed, modified and revised according to the needs of the clientele. As part of the marketing of this program, two articles citing the importance of Desert Green appear in regional trade publications.

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.

Statewide Programs *Statewide programs may not be available in all counties

Programs Program Information
Beef Quality Assurance
Cattlemen’s Update
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
Risk Management
Stronger Economies Together
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Weed Prevention and Management