The Habitat Division's main objective is to ensure that Nevada wildlife habitats are productive and in good ecological condition.
The Division is responsible for reviewing, assessing, and providing comments on all proposed land and water uses, providing fish and wildlife data to all entities for planning and decision-making purposes.
The Habitat Division is also responsible for planning, operating, and maintaining approximately 120,000 acres of state-owned lands administered as Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s).
The Division is also responsible for administering the water development, rangeland, and wildfire rehabilitation efforts for the department. Additionally, the bureau has regulatory responsibility for Industrial Artificial Pond permitting (primarily the nearly 100 Nevada gold mining operations) statewide.
Some of the Division's recent accomplishments include:
- Despite the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Division, with the great help of many partners had another successful year rehabilitating burned landscapes. The Division was able to implement 62,220 acres of rehabilitation efforts to benefit Nevada’s habitat and wildlife resources. Read an NBU Journal article on these efforts here.
- Continued range rehabilitation work on wildlife habitat that has been damaged by wildfire (see previous bullet), overtaken by noxious invasive weedy species or damaged by historic land use practices. Seed mixtures are enhanced to provide forage and cover for target species including sage grouse, mule deer and migratory birds.
- In cooperation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, completed acquisition of 2,105 acres of quality wildlife habitat for annexation to the Mason Valley WMA.
- Continued to provide comments and recommendations annually on hundreds of land use planning proposals associated with the proposed establishment of geothermal, solar and wind generation power projects, mining operations and other land uses to be located on public and private lands throughout the state.
- Continue to coordinate with the Bureau of Land Management on their development and management of wild horse populations in the state by supporting wild horse gathers, identifying land use impacts resulting from wild horse and burro use and working towards minimizing impacts to wildlife populations and their habitat.
- Completed the construction of 13 ponds and other wetland enhancement projects at the Steptoe Wildlife Management Area near Ely.
- Completed the installation of over 5,000 lineal feet of pipe to improve water delivery efficiency at the Overton WMA. This project was accomplished with Question 1 bond funding.
- In cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, completed pond leveling and the installation of pumps and pipelines to improve water use efficiency at the Mason Valley WMA.
- Continued the construction and maintenance of large and small game water developments throughout the state. This program receives significant support from sportsmen's organizations as well as private individuals and industry.
- Initiated the formation of the Nevada Partners for Conservation Development – a unique partnership of several natural resource agencies and organizations committed to providing solutions to a host of conservations issues throughout the state.