Southern NV Public Land Management Act Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment

Background information.— Noxious and invasive weeds can destroy wildlife habitat, reduce opportunities for recreational activities, decrease plant and animal diversity, and cause loss of productivity for private landowners. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office was awarded funding for the Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment Project through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to utilize revenue from the sale of Federal land in Nevada for restoration projects. The objective of this project was to assist the Steptoe Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area in conducting a noxious weed inventory and providing treatment, education, and outreach ... Show More

Background information.— Noxious and invasive weeds can destroy wildlife habitat, reduce opportunities for recreational activities, decrease plant and animal diversity, and cause loss of productivity for private landowners. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely Field Office was awarded funding for the Steptoe Valley Weed Inventory, Education, and Treatment Project through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to utilize revenue from the sale of Federal land in Nevada for restoration projects. The objective of this project was to assist the Steptoe Valley Cooperative Weed Management Area in conducting a noxious weed inventory and providing treatment, education, and outreach on both public and private land throughout the Steptoe Valley in eastern Nevada. The Ely Field Office collaboratively worked on this project with the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition (ENLC), the U.S. Forest Service, and Tri-County Weed Control. To develop a greater understanding of the noxious and invasive weeds in the area, crews completed an inventory of noxious and invasive weeds on 644,837 acres of public land throughout the Steptoe Valley watershed. Crews then completed weed treatments on 4,000 acres of infested land using both chemical herbicide applications and mechanical removal. Many sites with identified infestations were then monitored during multiple field seasons to ensure treatment success. Community outreach workshops, designed to increase awareness of weeds and effectiveness of treatments, were also conducted so that landowners would be better equipped to prevent the spread of noxious weeds. This project also presented the opportunity to research different weed treatment methods available for the most prevalent weed species in the Steptoe Valley: hoary cress ( Lepidium draba). Outcomes of this project provided the BLM, the ENLC, and the public with more effective treatment techniques, especially with respect to hoary cress; better working relationships with private landowners; reduced weed infestations; and improved and more diverse vegetation communities.

The U.S. Geological Survey collected data on restoration activities and expenditures to estimate the economic activity supported by this project. Background information on the Steptoe Valley project was obtained from Chris McVicars, BLM, written commun., 2015; and the BLM’s Website at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/snplma/snplma_prephase_1.html.

 

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Contact(s): Catherine M Cullinane Thomas, Christopher C Huber.

Overview

Project Period: 2008-2012

Location: Nevada

Restoration Type: Invasive weed management

Lead Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Economic Impacts
Western States Economic Impacts (2014 dollars):

Total Project Expenditures: $635,000


Job-Years: 20.4 (32.1 per $1M)

Labor Income: $781,000 ($1.2M per $1M)

Value Added: $889,000 ($1.4M per $1M)

Economic Output: $1,483,000 ($2.3M per $1M)

Local Economic Impacts (2014 dollars):

Local Project Expenditures: $605,000

Percent of Project Expenditures Spent Locally: 95%

Local Job-Years: 20.4

Local Labor Income: $678,000

Local Value Added: $632,000

Local Economic Output: $1,119,000

Big Picture
Main Project: Southern NV Public Land Management Act Restoration
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