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.
Project GREEN and the Pittman Wash are more fully described in the City of Henderson's Open Space and Trails Plan.
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.
The steering committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The committee is always looking for motivated volunteers to:
Increased public involvement has had the added benefit of reducing vandalism in the wash. Please volunteer today!
Take a walk in the wash
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.