I-15 REOPENED, LAKE MEAD ENTRANCE FEES TO RESUME SUNDAY
The Nevada Department of Transportation reopened a northbound and southbound lane of Interstate 15 Sept. 12; therefore, Lake Mead National Recreation Area entrance fees will resume Sept. 14. More »
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 »
PARK SERVICE IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP COLLECT NATIVE PLANT SEEDS
Contact: Andrew Munoz, 702-293-8691
Contact: Sandee Dingman, 702-298-1070
LAUGHLIN, Nev. – The National Park Service is looking for community and youth organizations to help park service biologists collect native plant seeds in the Laughlin and Bullhead City areas. Collection will take place from March through May.
The collected seeds will eventually be used to augment the landscaping of the Laughlin Regional Heritage Greenway Trail south of Davis Dam along the west bank of the Colorado River. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring on a multi-use trail and day use area being built in partnership by the National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Clark County. Some landscaping will be installed as part of the construction project, but there will be additional disturbed lands that need to be re-vegetated with native desert plants.
This is a rare opportunity since as a national park area, park visitors aren’t allowed to harvest seeds or other plant materials on their own in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
This is a multi-phase effort. This spring is focused on collecting seeds, in the fall volunteers will take the collected seed and mix it with soil to make "mud balls" that makes it easier to disperse seed. When construction is finished in 2011, volunteers will be needed to help park staff disperse the seed and mud balls along the new Laughlin Regional Heritage Greenway Trail.
Groups will be signed up officially as Volunteers-in-Parks. Park staff will work with interested organizations to set a date and location to collect native plant seeds. A short, age-appropriate education program related to desert plants and habitats can also be provided in conjunction with the seed collecting.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area biologist and Laughlin resident, Sandee Dingman, will coordinate the seed collection efforts. If interested, the group leader should contact Sandee at 702-298-1070.
Did You Know?
Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.