Nevada’s Forest Action Plan lists eleven significant threats to the state’s natural resources and identifies seventeen priority landscapes where the Nevada Division of Forestry will focus effort. It also provides a long-term plan for how NDF will address the identified threats. The high priority landscapes are just that – landscapes. Based on the landscape scale size of the areas, there are no identifiable boundaries depicting where a landscape begins and ends. Rather, the landscapes are generalized areas where our analyses showed it was important to focus resources. The areas have many of the same issues, threats or resource values leading to their designation; any project specific planning will require a more detailed analysis of the actual resource issues and concerns.
Conserve Nevada’s wildland communities, endangered flora and water resources
Protect State’s natural resources from wildland fire and native and exotic forest pests
Enhance native plant communities, watersheds and the services they provide
Invasive weeds are a well- documented problem in Nevada; they are highly competitive and aggressive, outcompeting and replacing native vegetation. They cause economic loss, environmental degradation and are often difficult to control. Additionally, they can increase the occurrence, size, frequency, and intensity of wildfires.
Nevada’s urban forests are threatened with decline resulting from changes in state demographics, the economy and water conservation programs. Many threats to Nevada’s urban forests, which are primarily landscaped and irrigated trees on both public and private lands, are a result of interacting factors starting with 20 years of rapid population growth and building and changing demographics, followed by a declining economy, unemployment, housing foreclosures, vacancies and rentals, increased water costs, and water conservation programs.
Much of Nevada’s forestland is affected by serious forest health issues. Many of the issues can be tied to lumbering history in the forests along with current management practices including custodial care and fire suppression. High stand density, “off site” species, excessive fuel accumulations and high levels of pathogens are all a result of past and current management combined with climatic conditions like drought and possible climate change. In many areas, age class diversity is lacking, leaving large parts of forests susceptible to a specific damaging agent at the same time.