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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Logandale Trails, Nevada, USA

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Logandale Trails, Nevada, USA
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Registered: August 2018
City/Town/Province: Logandale
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Saving Logandale Trails

In countries and states throughout the world, specific areas are preserved either by the government, or by the state in which they reside. Although individuals are attempting to preserve these areas and keep them open to the public, intentional and unintentional damages are done each day. Logandale Trails is a trail system that contains over two-hundred miles of trails available for those who want to go riding on ATVs, go hiking, or go horseback riding. The Bureau of Land Management preserves this area located in the desert of Southern Nevada; it is home to many rare plants, animals, and ancient petroglyphs left hundreds of years ago by those who used to live there. Unfortunately, because of the carelessness and naivety of those who visit Logandale Trails, the threat of it being shut down and closed to the public is looming over the area. I love this valley that I have grown up in, and it would be heartbreaking to see an area so important to the valley shut down. For this reason, I, as president of the Environmental Club at my high school, headed a project with the members of the club to raise awareness for Logandale Trails.
The concern for the historic trails was brought to us in 2017, by Partners in Conservation who is working to keep the trails open to the public. They were looking for help to raise awareness for this issue, and to teach the public about how to preserve the land. Partners in Conservation offered to sponsor us and provide us with funding in order to carry out our projects, and this was an opportunity that we could not bypass. We decided that in order to keep and preserve Logandale Trails, we need to teach the younger generation about the issue. By teaching them we could spread awareness to the town by the students starting conversations concerning the Trails preservation with their parents and family the subject. Many great ideas were brought up, but in the end, we decided that we would make a slideshow and present it to the kids at he two elementary schools in the valley. During February of 2018, we travelled to Grant M. Bowler and Perkins Elementary to present our slideshow to the students.
For the 2018 year, the slideshow presented the issue at hand, why it is important to preserve the lands, and ways to solve it. We stressed the fact that if people continue to touch the historic petroglyphs, the oils on their hands can damage them. The proposed solution to still visit and enjoy them is to take pictures of them or replicate the petroglyphs with paper and pencil. Giving them helpful hints on how to preserve it, we taught them to not drive over the plants, stay on the trails, pick up trash, and go the extra mile to keep it clean. We expressed that by doing these things, they can save the Logandale Trails and keep it open for them and their families to enjoy, as well as the rest of the public. At the end of the presentation, with the funding of Partners in Conservation, we were able to give them goodie bags equipped with coloring pages, crayons, treats, stickers, and chapstick to excite them about the cause we were advocating for.
To get the students involved and help them remember what they were taught, we proposed a competition for the students to show us what they learned; we divided them into grades and asked each individual to create a work of art, showcasing their artistic ability while presenting an idea of a way to preserve Logandale trails. A couple of months later, our club gathered the pieces of artwork together and judged them in order to find the top three in each grade, and the top one in each school. At both schools, the class with the winning student received an ice cream party and furthermore, every drawing that was turned in was entered in the Fine Arts exhibit at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo. Through the drawings being showcased in the Fine Arts building, those who walked through the exhibits were able to recognize that the students were learning about preserving the land, and are taking action.
By teaching the young and exhibiting their artwork, we were able to inform the public of the threats against Logandale Trails and propose ways to preserve the land, petroglyphs, animals, and vegetation. Logandale Trails is filled with historical artifacts and contains the history of our valley, so by preserving it we are preserving our history. It felt reassuring that there are young people out there who have been taught of the importance of keeping the Earth clean and preserving the land. The feeling of knowing that I have made a difference, whether I am recognized for it or not, is undescribable. Doing this project showed me that by sacrificing only a little bit of time we can make a difference in our communities, and it has inspired me to continue to be willing to sacrifice my time to better our communities and the Earth.
Date: August 30, 2018 Views: 4127 File size: 20.3kb, 1682.8kb : 2740 x 2532
Hours Volunteered: 150
Volunteers: 16
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 14 to 40
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 18,210
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): N/A
Native Trees Planted: N/A
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