Our Urban Nature
Healthy parks and open space are an important part of our quality of life in Southern Nevada. These amenities contribute greatly to the sense of place in our communities and make them more comfortable places to live. The City of Henderson is nationally recognized for its "green infrastructure" of trails, greenways, natural washes, and open space.
Local & Regional Initiatives
TreesHenderson is a new program through our Parks and Recreation Department to help the community learn about the importance and key aspects of caring for our urban forest. The program educates our residents through events such as the Make a Difference Day Tree Planting event this past fall.
Located along Pittman Wash between Arroyo Grande Blvd. and Pecos Rd., Project GREEN is a shining example of how community involvement can directly impact habitat health within our City. This restoration project has reestablished a healthy ecosystem within 2.5 miles of natural wash and created an outstanding recreational amenity for surrounding neighborhoods.
The City of Henderson Open Space and Trails Plan was adopted in 2005 and provides an evaluation of future recreational and ecological resources and recommendations for how to maximize their benefit to our community.
The City participates in the implementation of the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP), which is a major component of Clark County's Desert Conservation Program. The MSHCP provides for the conservation of habitat of 78 species of plants and animals, including the desert tortoise.
Additional Information & Resources
The Southern Nevada Arborist Group is a non-profit made up of local professionals and other members of the community who promote the proper selection, planting, care and maintenance of trees of all types. Their website offers a wealth of published resources and links to other organizations related to tree care within our local area.
The Nevada Division of Forestry supports local efforts to promote tree health and provides additional resources in the form of publications, such as Cleaner Air, Tree by Tree: A Best Practices Management Guide for Urban Trees in Southern Nevada, and funding through the Urban and Community Forest Grant Program.
The Las Vegas Wash represents a unique ecological resource in our desert climate: wetlands. The Wash carries and filters around 150 million gallons of water per day out to Lake Mead, while also providing an excellent recreational amenity, including Henderson's Bird Viewing Preserve. Visit the website for the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee for maps and information.
As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other air pollutants. As air quality becomes a bigger issue in the Las Vegas Valley, a healthy inventory of trees can help filter pollutants out of the air we breathe.