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RENO FWO:  Long Time Volunteer is Making A Difference In Nevada
Region 8, July 28, 2010
Ann Schreiber (left) with Sherry Barrett, assistant field supervisor for southern Arizona.
Ann Schreiber (left) with Sherry Barrett, assistant field supervisor for southern Arizona. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Jeannie Stafford, Reno FWO
Ann Schreiber, a longtime Moapa resident, has spent the last 15 years securing funds for the removal of salt cedar along the Muddy River in Clark County, Nevada.  Salt cedar is an invasive specie and is listed as a noxious weed by the State of Nevada. 

In 1989, when the Service was considering listing the Virgin River chub in the Muddy River, Ann asked what she could do to help prevent the need to list this fish in the Muddy River.  She was told a major threat this species faces is habitat degradation caused by invasive species and that restoring the riparian vegetation by removing invasive salt cedar trees would be a significant contribution.

Although Ann had no experience with this type of work, she took the time to learn about salt cedar, how to control it, and how to write grants.  Fifteen years later, she is still busy writing grants and acquiring funds to pay Nevada Division of Forestry work crews to remove salt cedar. 

Ann calls the crews “her boys” and often stops by when they are working on her projects to give them snacks.  She used to introduce herself as a miner’s wife at the Clark County Habitat Conservation Plan meetings, but is now president and founder of the non-profit Muddy River Regional Environmental Impact Alleviation Committee. 

Ann has obtained grant funding from the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, The Nature Conservancy, Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, Nevada Division of Forestry and, most recently, the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.  The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is paying Ann to repeat treatment of areas along the Muddy River so that the recovery of native riparian vegetation can continue. 

Her tireless efforts have restored habitat and have helped give the Virgin River chub in the Muddy River a fighting chance to stay off the Endangered Species List.

Contact Info: Jeannie Stafford, 775-861-6300, jeannie_stafford@fws.gov