Sagebrush Celebration Yomba Shoshone Tribe Office of Environmental Protection Quarterly Newsletter October 2011 The Sagebrush Celebration Internship Program, which is a partnership between Nevada Audubon Society, Great Basin Bird Observatory, and the Yomba Shoshone Tribe, was designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about the science of sagebrush ecosystems and Greater SageGrouse biology, along with teaching younger students. The internship included the following activities: 1. Training on habitat ecology, bird biology, forestry, natural resources management, insect ecology and environmental issues On June 9, 2011 our department held a free weed training and thistle pull. We talked about the different types of noxious and invasive weeds here in Reese River Valley. We discussed the ecological, environmental, cultural, and economical impacts that these weeds have on Yomba Indian Reservation/Reese River Valley. Thistle Dig Approximately 8 community members participated in the “Thistle Pull” that took place at James Birchim, Jr. Land Assignment this year. If you are interested in holding a thistle dig on your assignment please let our office know. This year the OEP department got together with the Summer Youth program to clean up around the Transfer Station we gathered 18 large bags of trash that blew out of the Transfer Station onto the roads and by the homes. OEP/Summer Youth Clean-Up Day 2. Greater Sage-grouse lek monitoring and bird surveys (counting birds) 3. Habitat monitoring 4. Work days, (tagging fence posts, restoring key habitats) This internship program began on February 10th and ended on August 20th. All six interns received a $500.00 stipend upon completion. Congratulations to Daylon Boots, Marlena Martin, Dasha Jim, Davin Jim, Darlene Dewey and Greg Bryan for completing this volunteer program. On July 15, 2011 the Yomba Tribe held their annual Health Fair at the Tribal Gym. In efforts to get the community to recycle aluminum cans we handed out can crushers to each household along with some information on where to take their cans. We also had plenty of information at our booth on how to reuse, reduce and recycle. Together We Can CURBSIDE PICK UP Community Yard Sale Thank you to those who have cleaned their trash bins out in a timely matter. And to those who have not please let this serve as a kind reminder. REMINDER NO plastic grocery bags will be picked up. All trash must be bagged in regular household trash bags in order to be picked up every Tuesday. Thank You, OEP Curbside Transporter This community yard sale took place at the Tribal Gym on July 29, 2011.Several community members brought their “recyclables” such as clothing, toys, videos, furniture and even baked goods. This was an excellent turn out and so much fun. Water Festival On July 27, 2011 our Water Quality program along with the Sagebrush Celebration interns demonstrated the importance of water quality through fun hand on activities. This was an exciting way to learn about our watershed here in the Reese River Valley. Any questions please feel free to contact Karmel Bryan, OEP Director at (775) 964-2463 ext. 111 or Nerissa Dyer, OEP Assistant at (775) 964-2463 ext. 110. Thank You.