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Biologist sought for watersheds

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A fish and wildlife biologist position has been approved for the Carson and Walker River watersheds, it was announced this week. The position will help private landowners and state and tribal organizations build habitat projects for fish, waterfowl, songbirds and upland game, and birds of prey conservation efforts. The biologist assistance is free to the public and can be obtained through local conservation districts.

“The Western Nevada Resource Conservation and Development Council is pleased to announce the successful signing of an agreement between them and Nevada Conservation District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a full-time biologist for five years,” said Dallas Byington, WNRC&D chairman.

“This position will bring much needed technical and financial assistance to ranchers, farmers and landowners interested in voluntarily developing and restoring fish and wildlife projects on their properties,” said Kelly McGowan of Mason and Smith Valley Conservation Districts.

“Ranchers will receive assistance designing, funding, permitting, and constructing habitat projects throughout these watersheds,” said Kevin Piper, Dayton Valley conservation manager. Terri Pereira, Lahontan Conservation District resource specialist agreed, saying “This position will provide new technical support for streambank and erosion control projects along the Carson.”

In addition to fish and wildlife habitat benefits, these projects are expected to provide additional benefits of improved water quality, reduced erosion, recreation, mosquito abatement and improved biological diversity, she said.

Dan Kaffer of WNRC&D/ USDA-NRCS sees this position helping to diversify agriculture operations.

“Ranchers can build waterfowl ponds and fishery projects that expand private property recreation options and maintain productive open space,” he said.

The Dayton Valley Conservation District and the WNRC&D are currently accepting applications from throughout the West for the position. If you are qualified, call 883-2292 for application details.