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. Visit the Wildlife Heritage Trust page here to learn more about the account, including vendor applications and season information. Additional information regarding the Heritage Program process and guidelines is also contained in the documents listed at the end of this web page.

Committee Meeting Date and Time Meeting Location
  • Commissioner Barnes (Chair)
  • Commissioner McNinch
  • Commissioner Almberg
  • Commissioner Caviglia (Vice Chair)
  • Glenn Bunch (Mineral CABMW Chair)     
  • Joe Crim (Pershing CABMW Chair)

Thursday, June 24, 2021

5:30 p.m.


Boy's and Girl's Club

1973 Whitworth Way

Winnemucca, NV 89445

Staff to Committee: Agenda      For Historical data contact:      
Wildlife Staff Specialist



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.

Late June/ Early 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.

Support Material Minutes
   May 6, 2021

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 Department may annually expend from the Wildlife Heritage 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 addition, the Department may, at any time, expend from the Account any portion of the amount of money in the Account which exceeds $5,000,000.


The Heritage Trust Account started in 1998 and due to the generosity of its participants over the years, the account has now grown to the point that the Commission was able to award $979,703 to new Heritage projects for FY20.

Deadlines: All proposals must be submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Headquarters Office, 6980 Sierra Center Parkway, Ste #120, Reno, Nevada 89511 between January 1 and March 1 of each calendar year. The preferred method of submitting a proposal is sending the completed proposal form to Lee Davis at NDOW via email. His email address is lee.davis@ndow.org. 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. All approved projects must submit a completion report within 30 days after completion of the project. PLEASE NOTE THAT INDIRECT COST CANNOT BE CHARGED ON HERITAGE PROJECTS.