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Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns

Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns

The Lake Mead area will be full of people as they flock there for the Labor Day weekend.

The National Park Service estimates 200,000 visitors will use the lake and surrounding campgrounds over the next three days. Park rangers will be out in force to make sure everyone is safe. 

So far, this year, six people have drowned at the lake. The park service says everyone should wear a life vest when they get into the water even if they’re swimming near the shore.

“For swimmers on the beach, we always recommend wearing a life jacket. A majority of our drownings happened from swimmers on the beach,” said Andrew Munoz with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

He says many people get into trouble when they become overly confident while swimming. Munoz says people don’t realize how tired they are and end up drowning.

The park service will also ticket boats without the proper equipment.

Small but Mighty Display at State Museum

Small but Mighty Display at State Museum

New display at railroad museum will give visitors a look a smaller version of the railroad ties and cars we all know.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City is the home of one of four full-sized passenger excursion trains in the state, but by December, it will be the location for the state's first 7 1/2-inch gauge semi-public railroad, a much smaller version of the Iron Horse.

Read more in The Henderson Press 

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Coca-Cola wants to give thousands of dollars to America's favorite park.

The company is teaming with the National Park Foundation, America's State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association for the second annual America Is Your Park contest. The idea is for families to head into the great outdoors and enjoy state and local parks then vote for their favorite. The park with the most votes will get a $100,000 grant for improvements. You have until September 6 to submit your vote at LivePositively.com.  

Last year the title of America's Favorite Park went to Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minnesota. Officials there were able to use the grant to build a warming hut for people enjoying winter sports. 

Big Crowd at Lake Mead for July 4 Weekend

 

Statistics from the July 4 weekend show more than 100,000 visitors and a few dozen incidents, according to the National Park Service.

The statistics encompass visitor use and incidentsfrom Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4 throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes both lakes Mead and Mohave.

Park rangers responded to multiple boating accidents and disabled boats in the park as a result of thunderstorms on Sunday. More than 50 park visitors were rescued, saved and/or medically treated as a result of park ranger emergency response during the four-day period.

Total Visitation: 107,906 visits

Visitation Highlights:

Fee-Free Weekend at Lake Mead

Fee-Free Weekend at Lake Mead

Saturday and Sunday are the last days to enjoy free entry to Lake Mead National Recreation Area as National Park Week comes to an end.

The next fee free day will be June 21, the first day of summer.

Saturday is also Junior Ranger Day. Park rangers will be hosting free fun outdoor activities and demonstrations. As part of the National Park Service Healthy People, Healthy Parks Initiative, the event will include ranger-led hikes.

Smokey Bear and Mojave Max will be on hand to greet visitors and rangers will hold emergency equipment demonstrations. Kids will be able to earn their Lake Mead National Recreation Area junior ranger badge.

Activities will be at the newly renovated Boulder Beach picnic area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/lakemead or call 293-8990.

Free Entry at Lake Mead, Lake Mohave During National Park Week

Free Entry at Lake Mead, Lake Mohave During National Park Week

Saturday is the first day of National Park Week, featuring free entry at all national parks. Entrance fees will be waived at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. The fee waiver only applies to entrance fees and not lake use, camping, or concessioner fees.

Special programs and hikes are scheduled throughout the week. The National Park Service will be hosting Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, April 23 at the Boulder Beach picnic area on Lake Mead. Meet Smoky Bear and park rangers, learn about area archaeology and enjoy easygoing ranger-led hikes. Kids (and kids at hear) will be also be able to earn their Lake Mead junior ranger badge.

The Las Vegas Boat Harbor boat show starts today and goes through Sunday (visit http://www.boatinglakemead.com for more).

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

Input Needed for Public Lands Projects

The public comment period for preliminary recommendations for the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Round 12 expenditures will continue through April 29.

The SNPLMA funds are generated from the sale of public land in the Las Vegas Valley.

The recommendations include expenditures of approximately $8 million, including a $1.5 million set aside for a Special Account Reserve, and $6.5 million for a variety of conservation, restoration, and improvement projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:

  • Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,319,222
  • Capital Improvements - $753,105
  • Conservation Initiatives - $1,641,671
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $307,900
  • Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention -  $1,412,800
  • Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $996,100
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan - $42,000

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