PROJECTS FUNDED AND/OR CONSTRUCTED BY WHIN
WHIN has been supporting wildlife and habitat improvement projects since 1992.
- On February 15th WHIN working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went to Wamp Spring located on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge to remove a poachers blind as well all the wood and metal and garbage from a old cabin site located just below the spring. This is one of the few year round springs located on the north side of the refuge and the primary user of this spring are mule deer. Within a mile of the spring we spotted 3 mule deer bucks that reaffirmed the use of the spring by mule deer. One pickup load of lumber and metal were removed and hauled off to Vegas and disposed of. WHIN would like to thank Matt and Harry of USFWS for bringing this project to our attention and of course all the WHIN members that came out and helped on the project.
- On February 8th the Fraternity of the Big Horn Sheep had a project named Ken located in the Last Chance Range. The scope of the project was to update Ken to the new maintenance free system that included placing new water tanks and a new drinker as well. Approximately 40 members and friends of the Fraternity showed up to help. WHIN had 5 to 10 members show up to help out and the project was completed in just one day. WHIN looks forward to working with the Fraternity on future projects.
- On August 3rd WHIN had a winter feed planting project at the Overton WMA There was a good turn out of about 15 people to help with the project. When we arrived we found out that Tim and his staff at Overton had already planted the seed. Brock Perry knew that the blinds needed repair so a new plan was devised to get that work done. 8 blinds were worked on and put back to hunting condition. With winter feed in the ground and the blinds back in shape we should have good hunting out in Overton this coming season. Thanks to everyone that helped on this project.
- On July 14th WHIN went to Key Pitman and planted winter feed to encourage ducks and geese to stay on the refuge and encourage nesting as well. We also put up a electric fence to keep the cattle out of the newly seeded areas. There were also three new blinds built and some blind repair as well. WHIN would like to thank Brock Perry for bringing this project to our attention. If this planting works as well as the Overton planting did last year we should have many happy hunters at Key Pitman. Thanks to everyone that came out and helped with this project.
- On June 24th 7 members of WHIN met at Loves Truck Stop at I 15 and highway 93 to clean our section of highway in Lincoln County. WE start at Lincoln mile marker 31 and cleaned up two miles of discarded trash that is thrown from cars and trucks as they travel down the highway. We were blessed with a cloudy morning and a gentle breeze that kept us cool while we worked. Thanks to everyone that helped.
- WHIN had 2 members help with the Fraternity of the Desert Big Horn Sheep on May 4th with their tank replacement of project Judy. The reason for this was that a wild fire had destroyed the existing tanks. The first thing to be done was to cut up the melted tanks and fly the debris out, then fly the new tanks in and plumb them to the drinker. Keven Picardo and Michale Guest arrived to late to be flown up on the mountain to help. So they stayed at the landing site and unloaded and reloaded on trailers the melted tanks as they came off the mountain. Then as the project was ending they unloaded all the equipment used on the project and loaded it into the fraternity trailer so that when the people started to be flown off the mountain the work of cleaning up and loading up was already done. After a little ribbing for not being on the mountain they were thanked for their efforts.
- WHIN was asked by the Las Vegas Hunting and Retriever Cub to help them out with their spring hunt test on February 23rd and 24th. This was held at the Overton Wildlife Management Area. There were over 100 dogs that tested that weekend. Dogs came from all over the west some from as far as Colorado. Saturday night they held their annual fundraising Banquet and it was a huge success. Sunday the test continued and at the end of the day a special raffle was held for the volunteers that helped out. Robert Werner was the proud winner of a Weatherby Shotgun. WHIN looks forward to working with the LVHRC again.
- On April 13th and 14th WHIN worked with the Fraternity of the Big Horn on their Bare # 1 project located just south of Beaty. This was an overnight project and most everybody brought their trailers and camped out. The project consisted of a complete new build. There was a 80X40 foot metal apron constructed on site 5 tanks were installed along with all the plumbing and a new drinker as well. Almost all of the work got done on Saturday leaving small chores and the instalation of the new drinker for Sunday. Saturday night Jelindo Tiberti cooked 40 steaks and I can tell you you have never had a better steak anywhere. Sunday proved to be challenging for a while but with persistance the drinker was finally in place. What a transformation from a sage brush covered hillside to a beautifull sheep drinker. The Fraternity knows how to get things done.
- In late March Ron Reed went to cold creek to turn on the water to the drinkers and access the mile and a half water lines for breaks and the floats for repair. There were several small leaks that he repaired and one big leak that was needing more attention. Ron reported back to WHIN the status of the line. In early may 6 members of WHIN went to cold creek and repaired the major leak in the line. They also walked the line and did a temporary repair on a float valve and found that the water had reached all 6 drinkers and was spilling over the stock tanks at the end of the line. WHIN has decided to replace drinkers 4,5,and 6 with new 55 gallon poly drums, they have been purchased and are waiting to be painted in camo before they are installed. Stay tuned for the date this project.
- On February 9th WHIN assisted the Fraternity of the Big Horn Sheep with a complete rebuild of their Poppy drinker located in the North Mc Cullough range. WHIN was asked by then President Paul Harris if we could supply labor for the rebuild. We had 15 people show up to help. If you have never been to a sheep guzzler built by the Fraternity you should make plans to help them on one of their projects. They are things of beauty, and the sheep like them too! It is a lot of work but well worth the effort. You will get a free helicopter ride in and out of the project, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping the sheep. They helicopter everything they need up to the site, like pallets of cement, generators, new tanks, cement mixers, all tools, piping, and they fly out ALL the old tanks and anything that needs to come off the mountain. WHIN looks forward to helping the Fraternity on future projects later this year.
- On December 2nd WHIN did our first clean up of our adopt a highway in lincoln county. We had a good turn out for this project and our section of highway looks great. Thanks to everyone that participated in the clean up.
- On November 17th WHIN members and eager youths planted grasses, shrubs and trees in degraded and altered sites on Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established September 10, 1979, to secure habitat for the endangered Moapa dace, a small fish commonly found throughout the headwaters of the Muddy River system. In the last decade, dace populations have declined due to habitat destruction and modification. Competition with introduced species such as the mosquitofish and shortfin molly have also added to the dace’s decline. The Moapa White River springfish, however, compatibly coexists with the dace. The refuge is located on 116 acres in northeastern Clark County and is approximately 60 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dace habitat on the refuge consists of stream channels supported by six thermal springs emerging near the center of the refuge. The refuge strives to re-create and restore the natural habitat for a variety of the indigenous local species including the endangered Moapa dace. Planting native plants is an important part of the restoration process as they compete against exotic species, stabilize disturbed soils, and provide a natural habitat for wildlife.
- On August 5th WHIN along with the Las Vegas Retriever club planted winter feed at Overton Wildlife Management Area to promote the nesting of all waterfoul that use the OWMA. At least 9 areas were planted and are doing very well. WHIN would like to thank Brian Passow and Jason Peterson from the Mossy Oak Pro staff for helping obtain the proper seed that was used in this project.
- On April 21st The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn with members of WHIN performed minor repairs, painting, etc. at 7 projects at the Last chance range, located just north of Pahrump. Craig Stevenson had the great idea to do all the maintenance on the project in one weekend which saved money and time. We broke up into small work parties of 4 to 6 people, and were air lifted by helicopter to the various projects so as to get all the work done in one day. After a long day of work the Fraternity brought out the big BBQ pit and World Renowned Chef from Italy, Jelindo Tiberti and his sous chefs, to burn some nice thick steaks with all the fixins for everyone that stayed for dinner.
- On April 18th a couple of WHIN members went up to Cold Creek for the annual spring opening and checking the drinker system. There was still snow pack on the peaks and small patches along the trials. The spring head was reached with no challenges and water was restored to the system successfully. The line and six drinkers are all in tact and minor repairs were made where possible. There were about three (3) dozen elk spotted grazing in and around the lower tree lines as well as on the trail heading down the hill. There are still a couple repairs needed that we are looking to schedule in the upcoming week or two. Contact us to get the schedule and come help us finish the spring project.
- On March 31st WHIN along with US Fish and Wildlife Service Planted over 500 trees and plants. We had a good turn out of 14 WHIN members. With Keven and Trevis on the auger it took only 2 hours to complete the planting. Then we traveled to the Alamo Truck Stop and put up our new sign. A special thanks to Kes Anderson of Pathfinder Signs for the complete donation of the sign.
- On March 18th 10 members of WHIN went to Pine Spring for Phase 2 of a ongoing project. First thing done was to camo paint the old large steel storage tank. The next step was to remove and haul away all the old sinks, tubs, and galvanized drinkers that were not in use.Next step was to place a new drinker one canyon over from the existing stock tank drinkers located inside the coral. Then we ran a new water line to the drinker. Next there were numerous leaks at the pipe coming from the spring head that were repaired. When we left, water was flowing freely to the stock tanks as well as the new drinker. A special thanks to our youth members Wally, James, and Robert Werner along with Vikki Werner and Mike Guest for being the Rembrandt’s on the tank.
- On January 22nd 6 members of WHIN went to Pine Spring for some repair and restoration work. The spring was roto rooterd and the water flow was increased from 4 1/2 gallons per hour to about 10 gallons per hour. Then we repaired 5 bullet holes in the large storage tank. Phase 2 is in the planning stage and will be done soon.
- WHIN in partnership with U S Fish and Wildlife Service Planted over 100 plants and trees at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge ( Corn Creek ). This project was the final step in restoring a wetlands area that used to be there in the early days of the refuge.
- 5 WHIN members along with 1 NDOW Biologist and 1 U.S. National Park Serviceman and 2 Nevada Bass Anglers volunteered on completing phase 2 of building and placing fish habitat structures in coves just south of Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mojave. This was a lot of fun. If you can ever make it, you won’t regret it.
- WHIN donated $1,500.00 to NOW, (Nevada Outdoorsmen in Wheelchairs) a non profit organization providing hunting and outdoor experiences to individuals with disabilities who are confined to a wheelchair. The funds will be used to assist two wheelchair bound individuals to hunt antelope on a private ranch for the 2011 season. For more informatin about NOW, vist thier website. www.nvoutdoorsmen.com
- WHIN and 13 members walked the Mc Farland spring drinker line in cold creek. They removed many fallen trees that were restricting the water flow to the drinkers. 1 float repair and 1 tank repair were also completed to the overall system. After all the work was completed everyone enjoyed hot dogs and burgers. Thanks go out to the Werner family and eveyone that helped with the repairs. WHIN would like to extend an extra “THANK YOU” to Ron Reed for his continued support with this annual project. Ron has spent time over the past several years checking and making minor repairs to the drinker system on his own and providing updates to the WHIN team.
- WHIN along with 2 NDOW and 1 AGF biologists and 15 volunteers from Creech AFB completed phase 1 of building and placing fish habitat structures in coves just south of Cotonwood Cove on Lake Mojave.
- Yearly maintenance on McFarland spring, water flow was excellent but had to repair a few leaks and two floats on the tanks. A special thanks to Ron Reed for his help with this project.
- WHIN paid $2,800 for helicopter air time for the successful capture and placing of radio collars on three elk in area 24. This will allow NDOW to monitor the movement of a new elk heard that is migrating between Utah and Nevada.
- Donation of $1,000 for printing of Nevada Hunt Journal in partnership with NDOW.
- Donation of $2,400 for purchase of tracking collars to be used in mountains to track elk migrations. Project in partnership with NDOW
- Donation of $425 for youth conservation coloring book in partnership with Fraternity of The Desert Bighorn.
- Donation of $4,500 for tracking collars to be used on big game in the clover mountain range. Project was in partnership with NDOW.
- Donation of $3,000 to assist NDOW with purchase of backhoe and trailer equipment that will be used for maintaining southern Nevada wildlife guzzlers and other habitat projects.
Donation of $2,500 to NDU-Nevada Wildfire Disaster Fund.
- Donation of $4,090 for helicopter services to assist in flying water to Southern Nevada water guzzlers during severe drought period.
- Project was in partnership with Fraternity of The Desert Bighorn.
- Annual maintenance and repairs to McFarland Springs wildlife watering system. The terminal stock tank was replaced with a fiberglass tank to provide greater longevity. While cleaning the spring head, a 28 foot root was removed and the flow increased significantly providing good pressure for the system downstream.
- With assistance from Rockway Precast, WHIN delivered four concrete picnic table sets to the Sunnyside campground area. The equipment was donated by Meadows Mall Macys store.
- Contributed $4,500 to Idaho State University for Nevada Sage Grouse migration and habitat research project.
- Contributed $15,000 to Ducks Unlimited for remediation and repair of the dykes and water control structures at Ruby Lakes WMA. The project is dedicated to helping with a major NV waterfowl nesting area and fishery.
- Youth Fishing Clinic and Derby by Shakespeare. WHIN donated $250 to educate youth.
- Grassy Springs Fence Enhancement. WHIN furnished parts and labor.
- McFarland Springs Watering System Maintenance and Enhancement. WHIN furnishes parts and labor for this ongoing work.
Nevada Youth Range Camp. WHIN plans to sponsor two or more youth to this outdoor learning experience.
Pine Springs, McCullough Mountains. WHIN plans water delivery and retention improvements.
- Trough Springs, Spring Mountains. WHIN plans to reseed about 2,000 acres of burn; the proposal is working its way through the USFS. Significant help will be required by other outdoor groups, to be developed.
- Donation of $3,800 for upgrading McCulloughs II game guzzler in memory of Denny and Wanna Selleck, in partnership with Fraternity of The Desert Bighorn. Guzzler to be renamed Selleck Guzzler.
- WHIN contributed to delivering water by helicopter to game guzzlers in the Specter and Delmar range in partnership with Fraternity of The Desert Bighorn.
- Contribution for supplies to control noxious weeds at Key Pitman Wildlife area
- Youth Trap Program: WHIN donated funds to assist the Nevada State Youth Trap Program with supplies and round fees for their monthly gatherings at the Las Vegas Gun Club in Northwest Las Vegas.
- Grassy Spring Project: In conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the fenced riparian area is being revamped so wild horses and burros cannot continue to damage the water source.WHIN provided labor and lunch for the initial project. This is a continuing project and updates will follow as the project progresses.
- Trout Rearing Stations: This Clark County School District program allows students to experience the process of raising trout fry so they can be released in Lake Mead.WHIN donated $1000 for materials to build and maintain two new trout rearing stations.
- Overton Wildlife Management Area Seeding Project: 180 acres have been tilled and water lines are in place to support the new fields for water foul upland game birds and turkey inhabiting the area this spring and many years to come. WHIN donated $2,500 toward the supply of seeds for the project.
- Echo Canyon Reservoir State Park, Annual Fishing Derby for children held on the weekend of June 7, 2003. WHIN donated $250.00 to be used for awards and certificates for winners of the event.
- McFarland Spring water delivery system: Yearly maintenance was started in May, which included various repairs from the spring to drinker #2. Additional work will be done in June including cleaning out the main spring box and further repairs on the remaining five drinkers and feeder lines.
- McFarland Spring water delivery system: Yearly maintenance was completed in late April which included cleaning out the main spring box, replacing drinker tank #2, replacing floats and valves along with repairs on feeder lines.
- Emergency water project for Bighorn Sheep: Three Southern Nevada mountain ranges, including the Muddy, McCullough Specter, received water to fill guzzlers due to lack of precipitation. WHIN donated $5,000.00 toward the project.
Nevada Youth Range Camp:High school children enjoy a week camping and learning about rangelands and natural resource management. The camp headquarters is located at the Big Creek Campground in the Toiyabe Mountain Range Of Central Nevada. WHIN sponsored two youth memberships for the event.
- Pine Springs project: An initial survey was performed to determine viable options for clean up repairs to the spring. This project is a continuation of the flagship filing for the ongoing “Water Rights For Wildlife” projects, which are dedicated to the late Charlie Crunden. WHIN is compiling information for a proposal that will be presented to NDOW for consideration of an on going maintenance program of Pine Springs.
- Nelson Searchlight guzzler project: Approximately 32 volunteers from various Southern Nevada organizations worked together to transport 2,500 gallons of water to 17 Southern Nevada Small Game Guzzlers on the Nelson and Searchlight mountain ranges. WHIN assisted in organizing the event and finding various sponsors for materials and over 2000 gallons of water for the guzzlers. WHIN members also provided labor some of the personal trucks used for transporting the water to the guzzlers.
- Noxious weed removal project at Key Pitman Wildlife Management Area. WHIN donated labor and tools for the project.
- Steptoe Valley WMA – Assisting contribution to a grant to implement a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) project in cooperation with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), NDOW, DU and numerous other parties for the restoration and enhancement of 2000 acres of seasonal wetlands, wet meadows and riparian habitat. WHIN donated $5,000.00 plus volunteer labor to this project.
- McFarland Spring-Renovation of water delivery system.Inclusive of a new 150 gal. Retention tank / drinker for the benefit of the Spring Mountain Elk Herd.
- WHIN supported funding for the development and construction of three Water Fowling Stations located on two Southern Nevada Wildlife Management Areas. The Stations are in conformity with the American Disability Act (ADA). Special thanks to Ford Contracting and the Local Carpenters’ Union. WHIN funded $1,000.00 of this project.
- Pahranagat NWR Headquarters Field Restoration Enhancement Phase II: WHIN contributed to and assisted in securing additional funding for the habitat improvement of the approximately 300 acres at the Headquarters fields, which includes a riparian corridor and an adjoining 600 acres of Wetlands Meadows. In cooperation with U. S. FWS, DU, Nevada Division of Wildlife Heritage Trust, Red Rock Audubon Society and a Private Foundation. WHIN donated $26,000.00 to this project.
- Reseeding 12,000 acres, due to wildfires, of critical wildlife habitat with native shrubs. WHIN donated $7,500.
- Financial support to NDOW to host the year 2000 annual conference of the Association For Conservation Information.
- Purchase of temperature data loggers for trout studies at Wayne Kirch WMA.
- Assisted funding for Phase-one (Survey Design) of Paharanagat NWR Wetlands Restoration Project in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
- The water rights to Pine Springs that WHIN filed for on behalf of the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) for the beneficial use of wildlife was approved by the State Water Engineer and granted to NDOW. – McCullough Mountains, Clark County.
- Wetland vegetation management on Ruby Lake NWR to create open areas and more productive duck nesting and feeding areas. – Elko County. WHIN donated $10,000.
- Boundary fence for Pahranagat Lake NWR to restrict cattle grazing on adjacent BLM allotment to protect upland wildlife habitat. – Lincoln County. WHIN donated $3,500.
- Additional fence enclosure around McFarland and Mack’s Canyon springs and associated meadows to protect from horse damage. – Spring Mountains. WHIN donated $1,200.
- Constructed enclosure around Fence Spring to protect from horse damage to benefit elk, mule deer and other wildlife. – Spring Mountains, Clark County.
- Assisted in constructing second elk water developments with 9,200-gallon capacity and sponsored BBQ for workers. – Reed’s Cabin Area, Wilson Creek Range, Lincoln County.
- Major maintenance of McFarland Spring head box that delivers water to pipeline and seven (7) wildlife drinkers for elk and other wildlife. – Spring Mountains, Clark County.
- Water control structure to increase waterfowl and shorebird habitat – Middle Pahranagat Lake, Lincoln County. WHIN donated in excess of $10,000.
- Fish Barrier to control undesirable fish – Upper Pahranagat Lake, Lincoln County.WHIN donated in excess of $10,000.00.
- 1,000 –acre Pinion-Juniper tree chaining to enhance shrub grass cover for elk and mule deer – Woods McCullough Creek, Wilson Creek Range, Lincoln County. WHIN donated $5,000.00.
- Assisted in constructing first of two (2) elk water developments with 9,600 gallon capacity – Reed’s Cabin Area, Wilson Creek Range, Lincoln County.
- Constructed access ramp out of mine pit for Desert Bighorn Sheep – Bare Mountains, Nye County.
- Gamble Quail trapping of approximately 250 birds and transplanting them into the Las Vegas Valley and other Southern Nevada guzzlers.
- Assisted with dredging bottom of lake to remove undesirable aquatic plants – Tule Lake, Floyd Lamb State Park, Clark County.
- Constructed two (2) wildlife drinkers on the Mud Springs / Meadow Complex – Spring Mountains, Clark County.
- Constructed enclosure around Mud Springs/Meadow complex to protect from horse damage to benefit elk, mule deer and other wildlife – Spring Mountains, Clark County.
- Constructed horse enclosure around McFarland Spring and associated pipeline with 7 wildlife drinkers for elk; involves annual maintenance – Spring Mountains, Clark County.
- Assisted Division of Wildlife in radio-marking elk to determine habitat use – Wilson Creek Range, Lincoln County.
- Assisted in the construction of the handicapped duck hunter access ramp and platform along with ½ mile of fencing for more effective livestock grazing – Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Lincoln county. WHIN provided all the materials for this project.
- Gamble Quail trapping of approximately 300 birds and transplanting them into the Las Vegas Valley and other Southern Nevada guzzlers.
- Tree planting – Pahranagat NWR And Overton Wildlife Management Area (WMA).