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Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park

Over the last few years, the Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park Committee have dedicated numerous hours promoting the wetlands in the Las Vegas Wash and establishing an area where bird watchers, walkers and others can enjoy this amazing environment. A non-profit organization, the Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park Committee was started in 1996 in an effort to organize volunteer efforts for all aspects of the Wetlands Park. As a member of the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, the Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park Committee has been involved in study team meetings as well as coordination meetings over the last two years. Their tireless efforts and numerous contributions are greatly appreciated.

Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park
P.O. Box 370127
Las Vegas, Nevada 89137-0127
(702) 386-6083
Fax (702) 363-4809

Vern Bostick - Biologist

Vern Bostick

"When I first stumbled across the wetlands in the Las Vegas Wash in the 1960s, I thought to myself, 'Boy, I've got to explore this.'" And explore he did. Vern Bostick has since canoed, camped, hiked, driven, inner-tubed, toured and photographed the Las Vegas Wash. As a biologist, he has studied its birds, its beavers and its plants while writing extensively and fighting relentlessly for the preservation of the Las Vegas Wash and wetlands.

There is little about the Las Vegas Wash this 86-year-old man does not know. In the 1960s, the park was for preservation and today, for restoration. The Las Vegas Wash has seen many changes over the last thirty years - the 2,000 acres of wetlands that once flourished in the Wash have dwindled to less than 300 acres.

Vern Bostick has served on numerous committees promoting the creation of the Clark County Wetlands Park. Bostick was part of the early Wash Development Committee and is currently an active member of the Friends of the Desert Wetlands Park. Throughout the years, Bostick has given numerous tours and presentations to a wide variety of audiences ranging from professionals to environmental groups and interested members of the community. His documentation of the Las Vegas Wash through photographs, articles and personal experiences serve as a vivid history of the Wash and help provide an insight to the dynamic ecosystem of Las Vegas Wash and Wetlands.

Additionally, during the countless hours Bostick has spent in the Wash, much of that time has been spent planting native species such as the Fremont cottonwood and Coyote willow. His experience and experimentation with planting in the Wash has provided valuable information for the development of a planting methodology for the Las Vegas Wash.

Vern Bostick was one of the first to propose the creation of a Wetlands Park, and with his energy and devotion he is finally seeing his wish become a reality through the construction of the Clark County Wetlands Park.

Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team • 100 City Parkway, Suite 700 • Las Vegas, NV 89106 • (702) 822-3300