The City of Henderson's Project GREEN (Green Valley Ecology, Environment, and Nature), is a 2.5-mile habitat restoration program located between Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Pecos Road along the Pittman Wash, with an entrance directly behind Silver Springs Recreation Center. The project area is an underdeveloped and unprotected natural area that carries floodwater from the mountains south of Henderson, to the Las Vegas Wash, and ultimately into Lake Mead. Project GREEN and the Pittman Wash are more fully described in the City of Henderson's Open Space and Trails Plan.
The goal of the five-phase project is to protect and restore one of the few remaining large areas of natural habitat in the Green Valley area. Restoration will result in a useable resource that will enhance the entire community.
Funded primarily by federal and state grants and donations; Project GREEN is dependent on volunteers, community organizations, and sponsors for the design, development, and long-term maintenance of the project.
On Nov. 5, 2002, Nevada voters approved the Conservation Initiative, commonly known as Question 1, which provided for the issuance of $65,500,00 in general obligation bonds, of this $7,250,000 was allocated for the construction of recreational trails.
Through the State of Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of State Lands Question 1 Grant Program, the City of Henderson Public Works Department was ultimately awarded a total of $292,140 for design and construction of trails, project signs, and other amenities.
The Conservation Fund, through the generous support of the Eastman Kodak Company, awarded Project Green a $1,000 grant for the purchase of plants and trees. This award is one of only 47 groups awarded nationwide for innovative local efforts to preserve and enhance the natural environment.
Grant monies come with restrictions on how they can be spent and how they can be used. Among other things, Question 1 grant monies cannot be spent on tamarisk removal, irrigation, or new plants and trees, all of which are major components of Project GREEN. Sponsors help through their generous contributions of goods and services.
The Project GREEN Steering Committee was formed to help make design, funding, and maintenance decisions and is made up of volunteers from the community. Support is provided by City of Henderson Public Works staff as well as volunteer technical advisors.
The steering committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The committee is always looking for motivated volunteers to:
- Participate in trail development, planting, cleanup, funding, or long-term maintenance
- Coordinate volunteers
- Coordinate planting and clean up
- Distribute information
- Spread the word and encourage others to become involved
- Recommend how grant money will be spent
- Research funding opportunities
For more information, contact:
Volunteer opportunities Julian Ramos 702-267-5737
Public Works Al Jankowiak 702-267-3204
Utilities John Day 702-267-2776.