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January 10, 2013
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New lawn at home ranch


Recently, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park completed a summer-long project to replace a damaged lawn at the park. Like everything else that happens at the park, it could not have been done without the support of the community, and the board of the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch and I would like to recognize those who contributed to the project.

We are eternally grateful for Jim Vinton, owner of Mountain Shadows Landscape in Gardnerville, who was essential to the project and donated his equipment, labor and capable leadership. Jason and Laura Perry at Western Turf and Hardscapes in Reno were also generous, donating 3,900 square feet of quality turf. Others contributing to the project were Minden Electric, Tyndall Fence Company, Ahern Equipment Rental, Joe Benigno's Tree Service, Ewing Irrigation and Genoa Trees. These supporters donated time, equipment and supplies towards removing the tree roots, leveling the ground, installing a sprinkler system and preparing the soil.

Park volunteers and a work crew from China Springs Youth Camp worked hard to help lay out the turf. The new lawn complements the flower beds and garden made possible by the continued generosity of Plant It Nursery in Gardnerville. The project could not have been completed without the contributions and support of Craig Burnside and the staff of the Douglas County Parks and Recreation department.

Throughout the year, individual volunteers provide the foundation for the park's success. We rely on their help to support guided tours, education programs, community events, and the care of the park's artifacts, buildings and grounds. The people of Carson Valley are known for their generosity, and we are fortunate to be a beneficiary of that giving spirit. If space permitted, we would thank each of them by name.

The Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and relies on private support. Information about park programs, wedding rentals and how the community can help preserve this important resource is available at

Mark Jensen

Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park

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