The Interagency Volunteer Program addresses the needs of the four federal land management agencies by increasing volunteer support. The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service maintain independent volunteer programs. However, the agencies recognize that a jointly created program that integrates and coordinates recruitment, training, and recognition of volunteers would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their activities.
A united volunteerism effort is less confusing and has a stronger impact than four individual efforts.
A central volunteer “clearinghouse” encourages community members to turn to one place to learn about, sign up, and be trained to become a volunteer for the public lands surrounding Las Vegas.
Individuals are matched (based upon skills, desired location, and need) to an appropriate volunteer opportunity on the public lands.
The joint database allows volunteers to be recognized for all the work they have performed on the public lands in southern Nevada, rather than on an agency-by-agency basis.
Collaborative programs and projects that enhance services to the public and improve the stewardship of outdoor resources. http://www.getoutdoorsnevada.org
The Outside Las Vegas Foundation was asked take on coordination of Get Outdoors Nevada's web portal and partnerships in 2013. This project was initially launched by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP) is composed of four federal agencies: Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and National Park Service. The four federal land management agencies have been working together since 1999 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. The Southern Nevada Interagency Volunteer Program is just one of sixteen (16) active interagency projects. The program has been expanded to include all volunteer projects that enhance our special outdoor places. Funded by the 1998 Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), the purpose of Get Outdoors Nevada is to:
1.) Develop and administer central clearinghouse.
2.) Develop joint volunteer recruitment, training and recognition programs.
3.) Connect volunteers and volunteer groups with specific land management projects.
4.) Train interagency volunteer project leaders.
The purpose of the Interagency Volunteer Program is to build capacity for the federal land management agencies by working collaboratively on issues of mutual interest and to plan and implement collaborative volunteer-related programs, projects, training,
Encourage, support, and build volunteerism to conserve, protect, enhance, and foster an appreciation of the diverse natural, cultural, and recreational areas in Southern Nevada.