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Nevada Desert Bioscape

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. The goal of this program is to teach homeowners and commercial clientele to conserve water and energy, reduce pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, and promote wildlife habitat in a sustainable manner. Components include wildlife and conservation landscaping, constructed home wetlands for water recycling, a research project to find and determine water-efficient plants for the southern Nevada area and a research project to determine the use and benefit of natural organic mulches in the Mojave Desert.

What Has Been Done:

Desert Bioscape classes developed to this point include:

  • An Introduction to Basic Principles of Desert Bioscape
  • An Introduction to Desert Living
  • Scouting the Landscape, A Practical Approach to Integrated Pest Management
  • Fertilizers and Soil Fertility, A Natural Approach
  • Palms, A Natural Choice for Water-efficient Landscapes in Southern Nevada
  • Wastewater Harvest and Treatment Utilizing Small Constructed Wetlands
  • Water Efficient Plants for Southern Nevada

The Desert Bioscape program in the southern area continues to expand with over 638 contact hours, which included irrigation maintenance training for Ewing, 80 students attended, and IPM state training to 130 students.

  1. Built a coalition of community organizations and businesses to support the new facility.
  2. Obtained and planted largest palm and cycad collection in the valley (over 50 species).
  3. Created a functional wash to show rain water harvest in the Mojave desert.
  4. Began interior plant training lab with volunteers maintaining the interiorscape of the UNCE Building.
  5. Installed other collections including Pomegranates (20 cultivars), Agaves (31 species) and Aloes (12 species) for teaching purposes.
  6. Worked with Eagle Scout on his project that included growing and planting native and native-like plants. Twenty volunteers attended a class on correct planting, culture and establishment of the plants. They were taught about UNCE and its function in the community.
  7. Two hands-on classes were held with a Master Gardener teaching inmates from Clark County Detention Center correct principles of irrigation systems and installation as well as correct installation of plant material. Sixty hours of volunteer time were given back to the community.
  8. Installed temporary botanical signage for plant material at UNCE-ELL.

Contact: M.L. Robinson, Area Specialist, Horticulture, 702-222-3130

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