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  • UNLV Public Safety is assisting in identifying security methods needed to guarantee safety and security at the ranch after project completion. This effort will involve the assistance of Metro CPTED program officers as design proceeds.
  • UNLV IT is determining the extent to which they can assist with networking and technology issues as project design moves forward. They may assist in identifying consultants to hire to assist with technology.
  • We have solicited research/education proposals from UNLV faculty for projects to be initiated in the coming year. The goal is to provide seed funding for projects that will expand as the facilities are built.
  • PLI Educators are in the initial stages of planning teacher-training courses that can be offered at the ranch, to provide scientific and other course content for the CCSD. CCSD teachers visited the ranch for half-a-day to see currently available facilities, learn about the project, and brainstorm about future education/research partnerships.
  • Work with the UNLV Foundation is continuing to facilitate contributions to the ranch from former resident Rex Bell Jr. Strategies are being developed to identify future donors to the ranch.
  • The weather station continues to collect data at the ranch and work continues to expand the website to present and past collected data along with current weather information. Additional research projects utilizing this data and related to green technologies that may be incorporated into building design have recently been initiated.
  • UNLV is collecting data for informational brochures that will be available to the public visiting the ranch in the future and will provide information on biology, geology, anthropology, film history and other topics relevant to the ranch and the Mojave Desert.
  • Dornbusch and Associates is near completion of a draft “Visitor Services Feasibility, Compatibility, Market Study, and Business Plan” at the ranch, that will address all future museum and research center activities. This effort began in April 2010.
  • Bill Wood and Paula Garrett have finalized an inventory of items that Rex Bell is considering donating or selling to UNLV for inclusion in the planned museum at Walking Box Ranch. UNLV professional photographer Geri Kodey photographed historic items in the Bell home that will probably not be available for inclusion in the museum, so that these items can be included for the historic documentation.
  • UNLV is still awaiting word on a grant proposal to the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to build, upgrade, extend, and deliver high-speed broadband Internet Connectivity to Community Anchor Institutions located throughout Clark County, Nevada, including Walking Box Ranch.


Bell; Rex; 1934-2011; Environmental education; Heritage tourism; Historic buildings – Security measures; Historic sites – Management; Museums – Planning; Nevada – Searchlight; Ranches; United States – Mojave Desert; Visitors’ centers – Planning; Walking Box Ranch (Searchlight; Nev.)


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Desert Ecology | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Environmental Monitoring | Historic Preservation and Conservation




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