• Sunset at Lake Mead's Boulder Basin

    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Important Notice to Mariners

    Lake Mead water elevations will be declining throughout the summer. Before launching, check lake levels, launch ramp conditions, changes to Aids to Navigation and weather conditions by clicking on More »

  • Goldstrike Canyon, Arizona Hot Spring Trails Temporarily Closed

    A temporary emergency closure is in place for Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Spring trails within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, beginning Aug. 1. This closure includes National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation lands. More »

  • Summer Fire Rules in Effect

    Lake Mead NRA is now enforcing summer fire restrictions. Please click 'more' to learn about the rules for fire during our hot, dry season. More »

Blackbrush Seed Collection Project

resource volunteers gather for a group picture after collecting blackbrush seeds

The seeds collected by this group created a layer 4-6 inches deep in the bed of the truck.

By now, many of you have probably heard about the Interagency volunteer seed collection effort we are mounting. Blackbrush is a mid-elevational plant that does not produce seeds every year, instead it produces seeds only every 5-7 years. Large portions of blackbrush habitats in southern Nevada have burned in the past few years, and may take centuries to recover without management intervention. We have scheduled five consecutive Saturdays; May 31st, June 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at various locations across the different land management agencies in southern Nevada.

On May 31st, we had 23 volunteers come out and help us kick off this effort. This group was supported by seven agency personnel for collection, and Lake Mead NRA engine crew chipped in to provide EMS support. This group was able to collect approximately one hundred pounds (45 gallons) of material, which will yield thousands of seeds that we can use for future revegetation projects in the Newberry mountains.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can register at the Get Outdoors Nevada web page (www.getoutdoorsnevada.org)

Did You Know?

Geometric Petroglyphs on rocks

As early as 3,000 years ago, people inhabiting the Southwest began chiseling and painting pictures on rocks and cliff walls. Preserved by the dry climate, much of this rock art ranging from complicated geometric designs to huge figures, remains to puzzle, astonish, and awe modern-day viewers.