Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nevada Dream Tag tickets available now

LAS VEGAS -- While the big game application process may not start for a while, you can definitely scratch that itch by buying chances for the hunt of a lifetime with the Nevada dream tag raffle, in cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

Five dream tags will be awarded in 2015 (elk, California bighorn sheep, desert bighorn sheep, antelope and mule deer). All that is required to get started in the raffle is to first purchase a Resource Enhancement Stamp for $10. Once you have your stamp, you can purchase an unlimited number of raffle tickets for each species available for only $5 each. You can purchase both the stamp and the raffle tickets at NVDreamTag.org

The Nevada dream tag program is a raffle that allows resident and nonresident sportsmen a chance at the hunt of a lifetime while also contributing to Nevada’s wildlife habitat. The tags are similar to other western states’ raffle tags and “hunt of a lifetime” tags. One of the best aspects of this raffle is the ability to purchase tickets for your family and friends. Anyone can go online and purchase his or her favorite hunter chances at the hunt of a lifetime any special occasion.

In only two years, the Nevada dream tag program has been able to donate a total of $324,200 to habitat projects.

For those not interested in hunting, the Resource Enhancement Stamp can be purchased by anyone that wants to contribute to the preservation, protection, management and restoration of wildlife and habitat.

Tickets for the dream tag raffle are available now and will be sold until June 30 for this year’s hunting season. The winners will be announced in early July.

- adapted from EDFP

Monday, January 26, 2015

Report on 1st ever Nevada Progressive Summit

Dawson Building at NSC, site of summit.
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nevada progressives (aka 'liberals', not a bad word) gathered at Nevada State College southeast of Las Vegas on January 24 for a wide-ranging political summit and exchange of ideas. The event was well attended by activists and politicians from the mid-left to left.

I met some good people and I came away from the event feeling better. I salute the hard work of Annette Magnus and ProgressNow Nevada to organize the summit. It was also great to see Bob Fulkerson, Astrid Silva and the strong crew from PLANevada there.

I attended a session on public lands moderated by Reno City Councilman David Bobzien. The panel featured mostly good messaging on keeping public lands public, but no talk of the challenge for progressives in Nevada of our own promotion of sometimes questionable, highly-compromised BLM public lands and wilderness bills. I mostly support the efforts of activists on this panel, but this issue has been a concern for a long time and deserves more discussion. How low should Friends of Nevada Wilderness and others go in the quest to win more wilderness and national monument designations? Is there a clear line we shouldn't cross? Can we agree on that line? How can we maintain credibility and protect public lands if we keep supporting political moves to privatize public lands?

At lunch Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston gave a refreshingly good talk which constructively challenged some people there.

I had to leave after lunch for a family responsibility, so my experience was limited. Overall, I thought it was a positive, energetic event, although at times perhaps a bit heavy on the groupthink, which is to be expected.

Some more questions coming out of the summit: Are most Nevada 'progressives' really 'moderates'? Have politics moved that far right? Is the compromise bar too low? Also, do progressives trust government too much? Is this a Democrat-only movement? What more can we do to find common ground with reform-minded activists across the political spectrum, including independents, libertarians, tribes, and even some moderate Republicans?

All the questions I raise here I do so only to stimulate discussion, not as criticisms.

There was much more to the event than I touch on here. See some coverage, photos and views of the Nevada Progressive Summit on twitter at #NevadaSummit. I was glad to participate and I hope to see more events like this in the future in southern Nevada.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pay attention! The Nevada Legislature starts soon.

Nevada Capitol, Carson City.
CARSON CITY -- The biennial Nevada Legislature goes back to work at the State Capitol on Monday, February 2.

Key issues for the Battle Born State in the 2015 Assembly and Senate will be education, taxes, the public retirement system, teacher unions and more.

It will be very interesting to watch the power dynamics between the new, unpredictable GOP-run legislature, Democratic lawmakers and publicly-popular Governor Brian Sandoval.

Good luck to all. Please work together to help Nevada's education, economy, jobs, and quality of life.

Pay attention, good people, and be in touch with your lawmakers. They work for you and they need to hear from you!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Daniel R. Patterson resume: energy, environment, government, natural resources, public lands, wildlife, water, communications, education, media, PR, community, labor, hospitality, public service, planning, politics, etc.

Mr. Patterson talking policy on TV news in Las Vegas, 12/14
Daniel R. Patterson | Las Vegas, Nevada | 702.381.3475 | roundriver@gmail.com

Ecologist & Deserts Director, Center for Biological Diversity, NV, CA, AZ, UT (1996-2006, 2014)
• Protected fish, wildlife and health through science, policy, education, media, law and cooperation.
• Managed and directed staff. Work with tribes. Helped triple membership, staff and budgets.
Southwest Director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Tucson AZ (2006-2014)
• Helped employees and retirees for conservation; director of all media work and programs in AZ, NM, UT & NV.
Events Professional, IATSE Local 415, Tucson (2013-14)
• Supported events reliably for trade shows, exhibitions and the entertainment industry.
Volunteer, US Interior Dept./FWS, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Sasabe AZ (2014)
• Assisted USFWS on education, outreach, conservation, recreation, restoration & monitoring.
Letter Carrier, US Postal Service, Tucson (2013)
• Served people and business through friendly, dedicated professional service.
State Lawmaker, Arizona Legislature, Tucson/Phoenix AZ (2008-12)
• Elected/re-elected to represent Tucson/Pima. Ranking Member, Energy & Natural Resources.
• Listened with independent mind to all. Collaborated for public interest. Served constituents.
Fellow, US State Dept./American Council of Young Political Leaders, Washington DC (2011)
• Represented Arizona on political, business and cultural diplomacy tour across Argentina.
Western Legislative Academy, Council of State Governments, Colorado Springs CO (2010)
• Selected for prestigious policy and communications leadership training for state lawmakers.
Planning Commissioner, City of Tucson, Tucson (2005-08)
• Appointed by Mayor & Council to make policy on growth, parks, water, land & transportation.
Congressional Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives, Tucson/Washington DC (2002-09)
• Advised US Rep. Grijalva & staff on some energy, water & natural resources issues and policies. 
Board Member, Pima County Board of Adjustment, Tucson (2007-08)
• Appointed by County Supervisors to hear and settle community land use disputes.
Political Leadership Fellow, Center for Progressive Leadership, Phoenix (2008)
• Trained to organize and direct effective, diverse political, advocacy and media campaigns.
Professional Ecologist, Round River Ecological Services, San Diego CA (1996-98)
• Designed and implemented landscape restoration to help people and wildlife.
• Monitored and surveyed for rare wildlife in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
Natural Resources Specialist, US Interior Dept./BLM (ECO), Barstow CA (1995-96)
• Coordinated multiple-use projects with public, stakeholders and other agencies.
• Cooperated on CWA, NEPA, FLPMA, CAA, NHPA, ESA and state & local law compliance.
• Directed work crews, project funds, planning, media and community/partner relations.
Corporate Accounts Manager, Pattco Properties, Lansing MI (1988-94)
• Recruited and managed business accounts; sales. Worked in successful family business.

Michigan State University, East Lansing MI (1990-94)
• Resource Development, B.S., Agriculture & Natural Resources Communications, B.S.
• Worked in Botany Dept. on restoration. Popular radio host on WDBM-FM

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Co-Founder, Arizona Chapter, Tucson (2013-now)
• Collaborating with sportsmen conservationists on new voice for wildlife management. 
Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Ambassador, Tucson (2009)
• Selected to help represent Arizona Legislature on diplomatic tour of Turkey.
Santa Rita Park Neighborhood Association, President, Tucson (2000-08)
• Cooperated with neighbors, city, community and business for barrio planning and quality of life.
BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage), Board Member, Tucson (1998-2003)
• Supported diverse community and youth involvement in art, bicycling, air quality & education.
Sierra Club-Rincon Group, Conservation Chair & Exec. Committee, Tucson (2001-02)
• Represented thousands on Southern Arizona conservation and community issues.
Desert Restoration Task Force, Ecologist, fed & state/private, AZ, CA, NV, UT (1995-98)
• Prioritized landscape-scale restoration based on science, community & economy; founder.
Desert Protective Council, Board Member, San Diego (1996-98)
• Raised funds and directed conservation relations in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
Desert Tortoise Council, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, AZ, CA, UT, NV (1996-98)
• Represented science-based group in regional land use and wildlife recovery planning.
Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Council, Co-Chair, Tucson (1994-95)
• Appointed to advise city and county governments on transportation and air quality solutions.

Available on request.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Anti-fracking protestors to rally at BLM auction in Reno on Dec 9

NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release, December 8, 2014

Contact: Dan Patterson, Center for Biological Diversity, (702) 381-3475
Dawn Harris, Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking, (775) 443-7180
Jennifer Eisele, Shoshone Paiute Tribes, Duck Valley Indian Reservation, (541) 525-0886
Bob Fulkerson, PLANevada, (775) 843-2218

Anti-fracking Protesters to Rally Outside BLM Auction in Reno 
Coalition Urges BLM to Cancel Lease Sales to Protect Water, Health and Environment

RENO, Nev. – Protesters wearing blue and carrying water jugs will rally outside the U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Reno on Tuesday morning to protest the auction of fracking leases on public lands. The auction of over 150,000 acres in Lincoln and Nye counties in BLM’s Ely District will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the BLM Nevada State Headquarters building located at 1340 Financial Boulevard in Reno. Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking, which is organizing the protest, is calling on the BLM to cancel the sale in order to protect water, people, wildlife and quality of life from the dangers of fracking.

The protest will be Tuesday, December 9, from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

“Fracking is a big risk to Nevada’s water, and without adequate clean water, we have nothing,” said Dan Patterson, with the Center for Biological Diversity, a member of the coalition. “The fracking industry wants to get its hands on Nevada, but while they reap profits, our wildlife and water supplies will pay the price. Across the state, from Reno to Austin and Reese River Valley, to Ely, eastern Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevadans want to protect our water, quality of life, lands and wildlife from the fracking push.”

Fracking uses huge volumes of water, mixed with sand and dangerous chemicals, to blast open rock formations and release oil and gas. The controversial technique is being proposed on hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands managed by the BLM across Nevada.

A typical hydraulic fracturing process uses between 1.2 million and 3.5 million gallons of water per well, with large projects using up to 5 million gallons. This water often resurfaces as “flowback,” which is often highly polluted by fracking chemicals as well as radioactive materials from fractured shale.

Fracking has brought environmental and economic problems to rural communities across the country. Accidents and leaks have polluted rivers, streams and drinking water. Regions peppered with drilling rigs have high levels of smog, global warming gases, as well as other airborne pollutants, including potential carcinogens. Rural communities face an onslaught of heavy truck traffic — often laden with dangerous chemicals used in drilling — and declining property values. Wildlife habitat is also fragmented and degraded.

“Fracking is part of a larger problem, a problem where money trumps common sense and we jeopardize our precious water for a few dollars,” said Dawn Harris of Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking. “Nevada state and local officials should ban fracking to protect our water, as people in places like Denton, Texas and San Benito County, California have done.”

"Nevada’s precious groundwater should not be sacrificed for short term profits of corporations. In our arid desert, groundwater should always trump oil," said Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Communities directly affected by oil and gas fracking, as a result of these sales, were not alerted by BLM in advance of preparing lease sale.

“Nevada Tribes have a vested interest in protecting our ancestral homelands from being harmed by the oil & gas industry,” said Jennifer Eisele, of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes, Duck Valley Indian Reservation. “We have a spiritual relationship with Mother Earth and it is our duty to protect our natural resources for the future existence of ourselves and descendants. Exploitation of fossil fuels may harm our water quality and damage our agriculture, which is our primary means of economic support.”

“Water is precious in the desert. I’m afraid of fracking chemicals being injected into our groundwater,” said Jennifer Messina of Ely, a retired teacher. “People are working to promote eastern Nevada as a great place to live and visit. All our efforts are lost if fracking poisons our ground.”

“BLM has a mandate to protect the safety of the environment and human health, but both BLM and the oil and gas industry have poor records,” said Dr. Bonnie Eberhardt Bobb of Austin, Nevada, in southern Lander County. “Dangerous fracking fluids could seep in to our groundwater. Disposal of fracking waste by injection in to the ground has also been correlated with increased earthquake activity.”

This summer, Lander County Commissioners objected and filed administrative protests over BLM’s sale of oil and gas fracking leases in Big Smokey Valley. Earlier this fall, the Lander County Water Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing any drilling or fracking in the Middle Reese River Valley, near Austin, due to threats to town water sources.

Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking seeks to protect Nevada's precious water, maintain the health and quality of life of Nevada communities, guard our air quality, improve agriculture and ranching, and preserve wildlife.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Op-ed: Nevada wilderness bill is wilderness in name only

Weak, bad political deals jeopardize Wovoka Wilderness.
from High Country News, by Kevin Proescholdt

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is set to take up a deeply flawed Nevada wilderness bill in the lame-duck session. If passed, it would set terrible precedents for all future wilderness bills.

The bill, HR 5205, introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., bundles together seven separate Nevada lands bills, and after being amended by the House Natural Resources Committee, includes “special provisions” never before passed in any previous wilderness bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote or co-sponsored two of the separate Senate bills now in the House package, and he may likely try to pass HR 5205 through the Senate while the Senate remains under Democratic control.

Here’s why the bill deserves to go down: Its special provisions weaken the protection and management for the new Nevada wilderness beyond what the already-compromised 1964 Wilderness Act would allow. For example, bulldozers or backhoes would be allowed to build massive concrete water containment structures in wilderness -- so-called “guzzlers” -- to artificially boost wildlife populations beyond what the habitat would otherwise provide. Unlike in every other wilderness, where motor vehicles are prohibited, these manmade guzzlers would likely be serviced in perpetuity by water trucks.

It is true that special provisions are usually supposed to deal only with the wilderness being designated by that particular bill, but the history of wilderness bills shows that such special provisions are often replicated and expanded in subsequent wilderness legislation. Therefore they tend to lead to a corrosion of standards for the entire National Wilderness Preservation System, weakening the very definition of wilderness.

But Nevada’s proposed law contains even worse provisions than the guzzler language; the House bill includes three precedent-setting provisions that have never before been passed Congress in any wilderness bill. These provisions are:

• Motor Vehicle Access for Hunting. HR 5205 would allow anyone claiming any kind of disability the right to drive trucks or motor vehicles into the wilderness for hunting or fishing. This would be a precedent-setting allowance. A similar provision helped sink the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act two years ago, but the House resurrected this terrible precedent in HR 5205.

• Logging for Wildfire Pre-Suppression. The House bill would allow logging roads, logging operations using trucks and heavy equipment, and the clearing of permanent fuel breaks in wilderness for any place that any local, state or federal agency might fear would burn some day. The logging provisions are bad enough, but the ceding of wilderness administration authority from the federal land management agency to a local or state agency is probably worse, and it is something that has never been done before.

• Livestock Grazing. HR 5205 declares that livestock grazing is compatible with wilderness. In one of the many special provision compromises embedded in the 1964 Wilderness Act, the law allowed livestock grazing in some wilderness areas under certain conditions, in places where it had previously existed. But it also treated livestock grazing in general as an incompatible, non-conforming use, subject to management and control by the federal wilderness-administering agency. The House language would turn the past half-century of policy upside-down, declaring livestock grazing as something to be encouraged in wilderness rather than discouraged, and it could open more of the wilderness system to its impacts, even in places where grazing has not previously occurred.

We certainly need to designate more wilderness areas in the West, and I hope we can so designate the 26,000-acre Pine Range Forest Wilderness and the 47,449-acre Wovoka Wilderness Range, but with this caveat: We need clean bills that don’t contain the weakening special provisions and that don’t set destructive precedents.

In this 50th anniversary year of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, it would be tragic if the corrosive provisions of HR 5205 were to pass into law and erode the standards of the magnificent National Wilderness Preservation System. Though the House of Representatives has already passed this unfortunate bill, let’s hope the U.S. Senate shows more respect for, and greater understanding of, our wilderness heritage and keeps these precedent-setting special provisions from becoming law.

Kevin Proescholdt is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a column service of High Country News. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the conservation director for Wilderness Watch, a national nonprofit.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Western Governors' Winter Meeting in S. Nevada Dec. 6-7

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association will host his colleagues for two days of discussions on regional policy issues, at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Topics likely to be discussed include drought, freight transportation, transmission lines, forests and rangeland health, wildfires, energy, and services and programs for veterans.

The WGA Winter Meeting is scheduled to begin on Saturday morning, December 6 and conclude by Noon on Sunday, December 7.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nevadans to protest BLM in Reno Dec 9 for no fracking

Stand to protect Nevada's water, wildlife and quality of life.
RENO -- December 9 join Nevadans Against Fracking and Frack Free Nevada in calling on BLM State Director Amy Leuders, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dean Heller, and President Barack Obama to halt to the lease sales, at the very least until the US Interior Dept. does the needed environmental review and Environmental Impact Statement on the sale of public lands for oil and gas drilling in Nevada.

Stand for your land: Tues. Dec. 9, 7:45-9:15a, BLM, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno NV. 

Wear blue for clean water. Carry a water jug.
List of public lands at risk in BLM Ely District

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nevada public lands & wildlife tour Nov 17-22

Ruby Mountains, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- I'll be on tour this week across Nevada's great public lands, wildlife refuges, forests and parks. I'm also meeting with activists, anglers, tribes, and public lands/wildlife managers. Call 702.381.3475 for info and/or follow @DanPattersonUSA

Mon. Nov 17: Boulder City, Caliente, Pioche, Baker, Great Basin National Park, Ely
Tues. Nov 18: Ely, Elko
Wed. Nov 19: Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Reno
Thu. Nov 20: Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe
Fri. Nov 21: Fallon, Austin
Sat. Nov 22: Austin, Tonopah, Goldfield, Death Valley National Park, Beatty