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    Lake Mead

    National Recreation Area AZ,NV

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  • 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 »

  • Areas of Park Impacted by Storm Damage

    Strong storms rolled through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Aug. 3-4, causing damage to some areas of the park. Crews are working to restore the below locations. Debris may be present in other areas of the park, as well, especially in the backcountry. 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 »

National Park Service Seeks Volunteers for Seed Collection 20-08

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Date: May 16, 2008
Contact: Roxanne Dey, 702.293.8691

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking volunteers to help collect seeds from blooming blackbrush plants at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. During fire seasons in 2005 and 2006, wildland fires in Southern Nevada burned extensive amounts of blackbrush habitat. The blackbrush shrub community is slow to recover from fire because it rarely produces seeds and is extremely slow growing. Frequent fire and invasion of exotic species can destroy this unique habitat by not allowing the system enough time for natural recovery. This year, we are seeing a record number of plants blooming. Lake Mead biologists are taking this opportunity to collect seeds to propagate in the native plant nursery in the park. The seeds will then be used for re-vegetation efforts in the future.

Volunteers will be trained to correctly identify the plants and properly collect the seeds. Volunteers must be able to carry seeds and equipment to and from the collection site to a central location or vehicle. Volunteers may be required to hike into and out of a specific area while collecting native seeds.

Volunteers are needed to assist biologists at different locations throughout the park. Volunteers are needed for the following Saturdays – May 31, June 7, 14, 21, and 28. Volunteers can commit to one or more days.  Volunteers will meet at a pre-determined time and pre-determined location to car pool. If you have a group of 5 or more and would like to assist on a different day during the week, please let us know. 

Please call our Volunteer Program Manager, Nancy Bernard at 702.293.8714 or by email, e-mail us. Please make sure you provide her with your name, daytime phone number, mailing address, email, date(s) you may be available, and how many people will be in your party. If you have anyone under the age of 18 in your group, we will provide a parental approval form before the volunteer project date.

Did You Know?

Mohave Yucca

All yucca species have evolved a special relationship with yucca moths. Each species of the plant has its own corresponding species of pollinating moths.