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Wildlife agencies work to restore wetlands for declining Great Basin shorebird populations

Over the past several years, federal and state wildlife agencies have worked to improve habitat for shorebird species, acquiring land and water rights.


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As Lake Mead water levels drop, so do boating opportunities

Out of the lake’s six boat ramp areas, the National Park Service closed all but Hemenway Harbor this past May because of low water levels, forcing tourists renting jet skis and boats to spend significantly more time on the boat ramps than actually on the water.

How Nevada is leading the nation in reducing animal-vehicle collisions

Last month, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) released a study exploring the best ways to reduce the frequency of collisions. While analyzing the effectiveness of 30 different current mitigation tactics, researchers found that a combination of wildlife fences and over/underpasses reduce animal-vehicle collisions and protect habitat connectivity by more than 85 percent.

New pollution-tracking grant could pave way for cleaner air in East Las Vegas

A $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will help bring the harmful air quality in East Las Vegas to a healthier standard. Within the next two years, stationary and mobile outdoor sensors, as well as indoor sensors, will monitor the air quality while providing real-time data for community residents and the City of Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area considers raising fees

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to add an extra fee of $2 for online and onsite reservations or $3 for phone reservations for the Red Rock Scenic Drive, campground and Calico Basin Core Area. Public comments for the proposed fees are accepted until July 22.

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