CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV)
Restoring the Nevada forest is a priority for the US Forest Service and Governor Brian Sandoval.
Steamboat Creek Watershed and Franktown-Frontal Watershed are both home to hiking, living and northern Nevada water sources.
The areas also pose a risk to wild fires.
Through the state’s annual farm bill, Governor Sandoval says ten pockets of Nevada need help including the two here in Washoe County.
Now, the US Forest Service Chief is asking congress to fund projects to improve the silver state.
Insects are overpowering the trees along Mt. Rose highway and in pockets of Washoe Valley.
Nevada Division of Forestry Program Manager John Christopherson says the idea is to improve the health and safety of the land.
He says the most immediate and pressing need through the project is probably wild fire control.
“If these areas were to burn, it’s not just a matter of life and safety, it’s a matter of life and safety,” says Christopherson. “It’s a matter of significant damage to infrastructure, clean water, a lot of problems.”
Christopherson says cutting down trees and removing or burning the wood would reduce fire risks and improve the forests health.
35 states are applying for land improvement funding from congress and the Nevada Division of Forestry says there probably isn’t enough money to go around.
Christopherson says Nevada would be benefit even if just one of Nevada’s ten sections gets the aid.
He says congress could approve and distribute funds as soon as this summer but depending on how intricate plans get, it could take up to five years before projects begin.