Washoe County Programs
Weed Prevention and Management
Integrated weed management is based on economically viable and environmentally friendly weed management tactics that combine judicious use of herbicides with other control tactics, such as mowing, burning, tillage, grazing and revegetation. By taking steps to prevent weed invasion, land owners/managers and other stakeholders can avoid the economic and environmental impacts of noxious and invasive weeds.
Although billions of dollars are spent each year on weed control in the United States, the amount of land infested with noxious and invasive weeds continues to grow, causing a decline in native vegetation and contributing to a decrease in the aesthetic, commercial or ecological value of the land. Once weeds have invaded a property, getting rid of them often proves impractical due to their prolific seed production and aggressive root growth. Land managers can save time and money by preventing weed invasions and by avoiding the misuse of weed management tools.
What Has Been Done:
Cooperative Extension has taught weed prevention in dozens of workshops around the state and has trained nearly 2,400 land managers on effective techniques for eliminating and preventing the spread of weeds. UNCE has established nine research and demonstration plots and leads tours of many of these sites. Faculty are developing a statewide Early Detection Rapid Response program, and EDRR group meetings have been held in all 17 Nevada counties to introduce the program and generate data and ideas for future publications and workshops specifically designed for each county. UNCE faculty are principal investigators in a multi-state program to prevent noxious weed invasions on Western farms and ranches.
In addition, Cooperative Extension develops, demonstrates and recommends integrated weed management systems for troublesome weeds in Nevada. UNCE faculty and staff teach workshops on herbicides, weed management and management of specific weeds at a wide range of programs, including landscape conferences, trade shows, conservation district meetings and grower conferences. UNCE researchers have weed research and demonstration trials for perennial pepperweed (tall whitetop), downy brome (cheatgrass), medusahead, hoary cress, elongated mustard, African rue, foxtail barley, kochia and Russian thistle at various test plots around the state.
An estimated 650 individuals attended the University of Nevada Main Station Farm Field Day in Reno where UNCE experts, using field demonstration plots, taught participants how to control perennial pepperweed (tall whitetop). UNCE has also conducted workshops at the Southwest Noxious Weed Short Course, which was attended by more than 100 public land managers, agricultural producers, Extension personnel and others with an interest in weeds.
This program has brought greater weed awareness and knowledge to hundreds of farmers, ranchers, land managers and natural resource professionals who are often on the front lines of spotting and prevent weed invasions. Cooperative Extension’s connections to these individuals — and its ongoing efforts to train new groups and share data with other agencies — will vastly improve efforts to monitor and halt the infestation of noxious and invasive weeds on Nevada lands. UNCE’s goal is to employ EDRR on public and private lands throughout the state.
All children face risks as they grow and develop, but children who live in low-income housing or are homeless may be at higher risk for participating in risky behaviors. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) developed the 4-H After School Club (ASC) to teach children basic life skills including math, reading, science, positive communication, goal setting, self-responsibility, decision-making and good nutrition. Youth who have these life skills are less likely to participate in risky behaviors.
Calming the Waters: Learning to Manage Western Water Conflict
Conflict has surrounded the Truckee, Carson and Walker River Basins for decades. Key issues include historical use on tribal lands, historical and current water rights, threats to water quality, and wildlife habitat protection. This program teaches youth about Nevada’s water issues and helps them develop the skills needed to address future water conflicts.
Commercial Landscape Horticulture
Engaged Leadership Program
Washoe County, Nevada, needed advanced training and skill building for the county’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) members to help them to participate effectively in local government issues that impact their communities. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension developed and implemented an Engaged Leadership program to assist chairpersons and CAB members in their efforts to create and sustain effective boards.
Family Storyteller Literacy Program
National award-winning Family Storyteller is a literacy program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the literacy development of their children. Developed by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), KNPB-TV, the Washoe County libraries and Washoe County School District, the statewide program creates an opportunity for parents and young children to interact around literacy and language activities. Family Storyteller is designed especially for families that may have limited language skills and few children’s books at home.
Fun To Play
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Fun To Play program targets families where, due to the young age, inexperience or limited resources of the parents, young children are placed at-risk for developmental delays and later school difficulties. Fun To Play is a series of weekly infant/child sessions aimed at improving the parenting skills of young parents by increasing the amount of learning activities and interaction they provide their children.
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.
Grow Your Own, Nevada
Grow Yourself Healthy
Integrated Pest Management
Nevada Department of Agriculture’s records show the use of traditional pesticides continues to increase in the state. Nevada’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program helps agricultural producers, land managers; pest control operators, homeowners and other pest managers learn about and use alternative pest management strategies in a variety of environments and settings.
Little Books and Little Cooks
Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages
Living With Fire
Master Gardeners in Nevada
NEMO Nevada, Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials
The NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) program was originated in Connecticut and has spread nationwide. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers the NEMO program in Washoe County. The premise is that improvements in land-use planning can result in protection of water resources, which can negate the need to fix problems after the fact by applying best management practices. The program will help land-use decision-makers understand the nature of the nonpoint source pollution problem and its impact on their lives, towns and natural resource base. This enables them to plan for growth and development while addressing water quality issues through educated land use decisions.
Noxious Weed Control and Awareness Education
Noxious and invasive weeds are widespread throughout Nevada. They threaten agricultural and rangeland productivity. Rural counties are susceptible to significant adverse economic damage. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension education programs help individuals and weed control organization reduce the abundance of noxious weeds.
Pick a better snack™ (formerly Chefs for Kids)
This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)
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