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Project GREEN  -  Pittman Wash Habitat Restoration Project

Graphic - mesquite tree inside a circle- Project GREEN icon


The City of Henderson's Project GREEN (Green Valley Ecology, Environment, and Nature), is a 2.5-mile habitat restoration program located between Arroyo Grande Boulevard and Pecos Road along the Pittman Wash, with an entrance directly behind the Silver Springs Recreation Center.  The project area is an underdeveloped and unprotected natural area that carries floodwater from the mountains south of Henderson, to the Las Vegas Wash, and ultimately into Lake Mead. 


Pittman Wash Exhibits


December 17, 2008 - Project Green in the Snow

Project GREEN and the Pittman Wash are more fully described in the City of Henderson's Open Space and Trails Plan.

Project GREEN Needs You
•  Volunteer Form
•  Kodak American Greenways Award
•  2005 DeBoer Award



10/05/06 Storm Event
See the Wash in action!


Plants seen in the Wash


Aerial Map


Trails,Kiosk, Rest Area



Sponsor Information

Foliage Report (Leaf peeping)

Foliage Report



See a tamarisk invasion


Learn about the tamarisk

Project Goal
The goal of the five-phase project is to protect and restore one of the few remaining large areas of natural habitat in the Green Valley area. Restoration will result in a useable resource that will enhance the entire community.

Phase 1     Phase 2     Phase 3     Phase 4     Phase 5

Project Objectives
Replace tamarisk with native plant species -Reestablish native riparian habitat -Develop a recreational trail for community enjoyment

Funded primarily by federal and state grants and donations; Project GREEN is dependent on volunteers, community organizations, and sponsors for the design, development, and long-term maintenance of the project.  (Because the wash is being returned to a more natural state, maintenance will be minimal.)

On Nov. 5, 2002, Nevada voters approved the Conservation Initiative, commonly known as Question 1, which provided for the issuance of $65,500,00 in general obligation bonds, of this $7,250,000 was allocated for the construction of recreational trails.

Through the State of Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of State Lands Question 1 Grant Program, the City of Henderson Public Works Department was ultimately awarded a total of $292,140 for design and construction of trails, project signs, and other amenities.

The Conservation Fund, through the generous support of the Eastman Kodak Company, awarded Project Green a $1,000 grant for the purchase of plants and trees. This award is one of only 47 groups awarded nationwide for innovative local efforts to preserve and enhance the natural environment.

Funding Restrictions
Grant monies come with restrictions on how they can be spent and how they can be used. Among other things, Question 1 grant monies cannot be spent on tamarisk removal, irrigation, or new plants and trees, all of which are major components of Project GREEN.  Sponsors help through their generous contributions of goods and services.

Steering Committee
The Project GREEN Steering Committee was formed to help make design, funding, and maintenance decisions and is made up of volunteers from the community. Support is provided by City of Henderson Public Works staff as well as volunteer technical advisors.

The steering committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The committee is always looking for motivated volunteers to:

  • Participate in trail development, planting, cleanup, funding, or long-term maintenance
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Coordinate planting and clean up
  • Distribute information
  • Spread the word and encourage others to become involved
  • Recommend how grant money will be spent
  • Research funding opportunities

Increased public involvement has had the added benefit of reducing vandalism in the wash.  Please volunteer today!

Before After
Project GREEN trail - before work Project GREEN trail - after work

Take a walk in the wash
Project GREEN - picture of large tamarisk/salt cedar While the flow of water is normally small, the growth of noxious weeds, especially tamarisk (also known as salt cedar), has been abundant.

The tamarisk provides shelter to vagrants, collects trash, and interferes with the growth and lifecycle of native plants and animals in the wash.

Eradicating the tamarisk is a key component to the success of reestablishing the natural habitat in the wash.