CARSON CITY – Ben Bolton has been hired as the new Conservation Specialist for the State Conservation Districts Program.  The Program has three positions across the state to assist the Conservation Districts in developing, funding and putting projects on the ground.  These key staff members are located in Ely, Elko and Winnemucca.  The current focus of these efforts are directly related to sage grouse habitat projects.

Based in Ely, Bolton will work primarily with the White Pine, Tonopah and Lincoln Conservation Districts, helping out with others statewide as his specific skill sets are needed.  He will assist county and local governments, state and federal agencies, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in their efforts to develop, fund and implement projects.  Bolton will coordinate local activities with the State Conservation Districts Program in Carson City.

Bolton brings a wealth of immediately applicable experience to the position.  With fire and invasive species being the number one threat to sage grouse habitat health in Nevada, his experience most recently with the Nevada Division of Forestry as a Forester, Fire Protection Officer and Wildland Firefighter will be a helpful addition to the Program. Through his work with Forestry, he has been involved with invasive vegetation management projects, grant applications, wildfire risk assessments and fire suppression.

“Ben is also a certified arborist and, with pinyon-juniper encroachment being the number two threat to sage grouse, particularly in the areas where Ben will be working, that will be a huge help as well.  We are very happy to have Ben join the Conservation Districts Program, and look forward to having him on board,” stated Tim Rubald, the Program’s manager.

Bolton can be reached by calling 775-461-6469, or stopping by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, 744 East Industrial Way, in Ely.  NRCS is a key partner with the state’s Conservation Districts Program and assists the Districts throughout the state in many ways.conservation speciailist1