Wildlife Heritage Committee

The purpose of the Wildlife Heritage Committee is to review Heritage project proposals and provide related recommendations to the Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations regarding the Wildlife Heritage game tags to be allocated for the annual bidding process that helps fund the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposed extensions of existing Heritage projects and reallocations of funds if existing projects do not use their entire awards. New Heritage projects are approved by the Board of Wildlife Commissioners at their June meeting and funded by the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account per the regulations and guidelines contained in NRS 501.575, and NAC 501.300 to 340. Additional information regarding the Heritage Program process and guidelines is contained in the documents listed at the end of this web page.

Committee Meeting Date and Time Meeting Location
  • Commissioner Wallace (Chair)
  • Commissioner Bliss
  • Commissioner Valentine
  • Commissioner Young
  • Glenn Bunch (Mineral)
  • Joe Crim (Pershing)
June 19, 2015
8 a.m.
Eureka Opera House
31 South Main Street
Eureka, NV 89316
Staff to Committee: Agenda For Historical data contact:
Mark Farman
Wildlife Staff Specialist
June 19, 2015 Suzanne Scourby
Support Material Minutes

The Wildlife Heritage Trust Account is authorized by NRS 501.3575 and is administered by the Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The money in the Account is used for the “protection, propagation, restoration, transplanting, introduction, and management of any game fish, game mammal, game bird, or fur-bearing mammal and the management and control of predatory wildlife in this state."

The funds are obtained from bid, auction or partnership in wildlife drawings conducted pursuant to NRS 502.250 and from a gift of money made by any person to the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account. The amount of funds available from year to year for projects meeting the above criteria will vary due to the amount of funds deposited each year and the interest earned on the account annually. NRS 501.3575 states that “the Department may annually expend from the Wildlife Heritage Trust Account an amount of money not greater than 75 percent of the money deposited in the Account during the previous year and the total amount of interest earned on the money in the Account during the previous year.” In the event that the annual authorized funding allowed per fiscal year is not utilized for projects and associated administrative costs, the unused portion will revert to the principal of the trust account.

The Heritage Trust Account started in 1998 and due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to around $7 million. For state fiscal year 2016, approximately $708,000 will be available to award to Heritage projects.

Deadlines: All proposals must be submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Headquarters Office, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, Nevada 89512 between January 1 and March 1 of each calendar year. The project year is on a state fiscal year basis of July 1 through June 30. The funds must be utilized in the fiscal year for which they were approved; however, due to unusual circumstances, which must be documented by the applicant prior to the end of the project’s first fiscal year, the Commission may consider an extension of project funds to the next fiscal year if requested by the organization or person that initiated the project proposal.


Annual Wildlife Heritage Timeline

November: The Department notifies sportsmen and conservation groups, other non-profit organizations, and other interested individuals about the Heritage project funding opportunity for the upcoming state fiscal year. The notice provides the public with the link to this web page where the proposal form and other program documents can be found.

January 1 - March 1: Completed Heritage project proposals are accepted and reviewed by the Department.

April: Packets including the new Heritage project proposals and program financial information are sent to each Wildlife Heritage Committee member, other Board of Wildlife Commission members, and the chairman of each County Advisory Board to Manage Wildlife by April 15.

May: A Wildlife Heritage Committee meeting is held each year, usually the night before the May Board of Wildlife Commission meeting, to review the new project proposals and to make recommendations for the Commission. Project proponents or their representatives are encouraged to come to this May Committee meeting. The Committee provides its recommendations to the full Wildlife Commission during the May Commission meeting.

June: The Wildlife Heritage Committee usually meets again the night before the June Board of Commissioners meeting. At this meeting, the Committee addresses extension requests from existing Heritage project managers, considers the reallocation of funds from projects that do not need all of their awarded funds (if any), and makes adjustments to their recommendations for the full Wildlife Commission. The Commission then reviews the recommendations of the Committee at their June meeting and either approves or denies the proposed projects. They may also award funds to approved projects that are a different amount than what was requested in a project’s proposal. All parties that have submitted project proposals will be notified of the Commission’s decisions. Successful parties are required to complete a Heritage Program Grant Agreement.

July: The Department’s upper management approves the Heritage Program Grant Agreements for new projects and, absent any unforeseen events, work can commence on the projects in July.