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HISTORY

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Get Outdoors Nevada began in October 2006 through funding provided by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership and administered through the Public Lands Institute.

Get Outdoors Nevada began as a project of The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (a unique interagency organization consisting of the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and National Park Service). Since 1999, The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership has been working together to develop collaborative programs and projects that enhance services to the public, improve the stewardship of the federal lands and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their management activities.

To develop collaborative programs and projects that enhance services to the public, improve the stewardship of the federal lands and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their management activities.
Funded by the 1998 Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), the purpose of Get Outdoors Nevada was to:
  • Develop and administer a central clearinghouse and single point of contact for public lands volunteers.
  • Develop a joint volunteer recruitment process with a single database, website and application forms.
  • Develop joint volunteer training programs.
  • Connect volunteers and volunteer groups with specific land management projects such as litter clean-up, research, restoration, outdoor education, invasive weed removal, trail maintenance, native plant propagation, site stewardship, etc.
  • Train interagency volunteer project leaders.
  • Develop coordinated volunteer recognition programs.

In 2012, The Outside Las Vegas Foundation entered into a cooperative agreement with The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership to begin supporting the Get Outdoors Nevada Program.

It is at this time that Outside Las Vegas Foundation, having implemented other outdoor volunteerism programs, started to use the Get Outdoors Nevada program to brand all outdoor volunteer opportunities under one name and one web address. The purposes of the program remains the same as those from the beginning. The Outside Las Vegas Foundation proposes to also incorporate volunteer activities within the urban landscape. Creating one place where all outdoor volunteer programs can exist and take advantage of natural cross promotion.

The vision of an expanded Get Outdoors Nevada encompasses the diverse opportunities of outdoor volunteerism. The City of Las Vegas may recruit volunteers for a park mural project along a trail, a local race company may need volunteers at an aide station, or the US Forest Service may host an end of season clean up on Mt. Charleston. Regardless of the activity, the Outside Las Vegas Foundation will develop and implement a program so that all residents and visitors are able to search and find the array of stewardship opportunities that southern Nevada can offer.

To the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, stewardship becomes the community engagement tool for residents and visitors to experience the outdoors. By exposing residents and visitors to a positive outdoor volunteer experience, OLVF has the ability to create a population of those that can enjoy and value the natural resources throughout southern Nevada.

Get Outdoors Nevada will now serve as the tool to connect volunteers with these opportunities. A single database ensures that volunteers with interest in the public lands will also see the opportunities in the urban environment. No longer seperate, OLVF plans to create a culture where the outdoor environment is approachable and accessible to all people in southern Nevada