Calendar of Events

Check out a full list of volunteer and other events coming up near you!

If you have time for a less-than-seven-minute overview of one Friends of Nevada Wilderness 2008 restoration projects, take a peek at this stewardship video created by Project Moonshine.

Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Sundance Books

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Wild Nevada: Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert is an inspirational collection of testimonial essays and poems that celebrate Nevada's wild landscapes.

We're partnering with Sundance Books and the National Park Service to host a special event with authors from the Wild Nevada book. Selected authors will read excerpts and are available to sign copies of the book.

Meet author/editor Roberta Moore and contributing essayists/authors at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 28 at Sundance Books and Music.

Contributors who will be reading excerpts include:

Steven Nightingale, a longtime Reno resident writes novels, sonnets, and long essays and is currently exploring a promiscuous range of projects. He divides his time between Palo Alto, California, his beloved home state of Nevada, and the beautiful Albayzin, a barrio in Granada, Spain.

Roberta Moore resides in Baker, Nevada with her husband David in a 400-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary that the Moore family donated to the Nevada Land Conservancy in 1999. Roberta is a former park ranger for Great Basin National Park and is co-editor of the Wild Nevada book.

Ann Ronald is Foundation Professor of English Emerita from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she taught for nearly forty years and where she served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Science between 1989 and 1996.  She has published nine books and countless articles about sense of place in fiction and literary nonfiction.

Robert Leonard Reid is the author of three memoirs and some 100 magazine articles and essays.A musician as well as a writer, Reid has worked as a pianist, a songwriter, and an arranger.

Pete Bradley is a native Nevadan, born in Pioche. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management and an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Nevada, Reno and currently resides in Spring Creek, Nevada.

Kirk Peterson has supported Nevada wilderness efforts for more than twenty years. With a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Nevada, Reno, Kirk works in the fields of photography, film making, painting, and creative fiction and nonfiction writing.

Rebecca Mills, former superintendent of Nevada's Great Basin National Park, has had a long history of public service. She returns often to explore Nevada's wild places and volunteer with the Park Service.

Marge Sill has been an advocate for wilderness for more than fifty years. She worked for the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and all subsequent Nevada wilderness legislation since - directly contributing to the now 70 designated wilderness areas across the state. She was also active in the establishment of Great Basin National Park and is lovingly known as the "Mother of Nevada Wilderness".

Join in the discussion as this diverse group of speakers read excerpts from their testimonies and speak to the public debate on wilderness, biodiversity, multiple uses of natural resources, and indigenous views on wilderness. Editors Moore and Slovic have assembled 29 writers who know and love the Nevada wilderness to testify on its behalf. For those who love Nevada, for those who love the world beyond the concrete pavement, Wild Nevada will be thought-provoking and vital reading.

A book signing will follow.

Event date: 
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
RenoNV 89509

Thursday, September 01, 2016 at 06:45 PM
REI in Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

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Howard Watts is the Communications Specialist for the Great Basin Water Network. As Nevada and the West continue to struggle with drought, he will discuss the state of the state's water supply for people and nature, give an overview of some of key water policies and projects that have shaped the Great Basin for better and worse, and provide ideas for a sustainable water future in the era of climate change.

We'll see you there!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hosting a monthly meeting the first Thursday of every month and we're calling it our Wild Speaker Series! This is a great way for folks who are interested in conservation to learn about current issues. Arrive at 6:45 to socialize and snack before the presentation at 7 pm. Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

Friday, September 02, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Table Mountain Wilderness

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Escape from the heat of Las vegas by spending a weekend protecting sage grouse habitat in the beautiful Monitor Range of Table Mountain Wilderness!  Pinyon and Juniper have been expanding their range into traditional sagebrush habitat and reducing the amount of habitat for the sage grouse.  We'll clear pinyon and juniper from encroaching on critical sage grouse habitat.  Hike with clippers in hand all the while exploring the rugged hills! 

• A weekend of rewarding work and delicious food!

• A great excuse to explore one of Nevada's finest mountain ranges!

• Moderate to strenuous work hiking and clearing brush.

• Subject to change due to weather.

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On both Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts will be provided in the mornings and stupendously delicious Dutch Oven dinners will be provided in the evenings after work. Be prepared to bring your dinner on Friday and lunches throughout the weekend.

Details are subject to change, for more information please contact Grace at (702) 515-5417 or grace@nevadawilderness.org

Friday, September 02, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Table Mountain

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Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the U.S. Forest Service as we work to help protect sage-grouse in the beautiful Monitor Range. Pinyon and Juniper have been expanding their range into traditional Sagebrush habitat and reducing the amount of habitat for the Sage Grouse. Join us for a weekend of clearing Pinyon and Juniper from encroaching on critical Sage Grouse Habitat. Hike with clippers in hand all the while exploring the rugged hills.

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  • A weekend of rewarding work and delicious food.
  • A great excuse to explore one of Nevada's finest Mountain Ranges.
  • Moderate to Strenuous work hiking and clearing brush.
  • Subject to change due to weather.

On both Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts will be provided in the mornings and stupendously delicious Dutch Oven dinners will be provided in the evenings after work. Be prepared to bring your dinner on Friday and lunches throughout the weekend.

Details are subject to change, for more information please contact us at stewardship@nevadawilderness.org or call the Friends of Nevada Wilderness office at 775-324-7667.

Friday, September 09, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Little High Rock Canyon Fence Pull

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Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the BLM Surprise Field Office as we venture into the back country of the Black Rock NCA and remove a few miles of an old rusty fence just north of Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. We plan to camp in the mouth of Little High Rock Canyon. A great location and hidden gem of the NCA.

Hot coffee, tea, and cocoa along with a continental breakfast will be provided both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, we will cook up a good ole' pot lickin' Dutch Oven meal for Saturday evening's dinner. Plan on bring your own lunch and snacks along.

If have never pulled a fence, it is one of the most rewarding jobs. Removing old un-needed barbed wire fence is a huge improvement to wildlife habitat, notably Sage Grouse and Antelope. Reducing strikes and tangles will promote a stronger wild population and remove the mark of man in the Wilderness.

Experience the beauty and wildness of the High Rock Canyons in northern Nevada during this volunteer weekend. Contact us at stewardship@nevadawilderness.org or 775-324-7667.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 07:30 AM
Griffith Shadow Trail

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Spend your weekend camping and cutting trail with Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Bristlecone Chapter of Back Country Horsemen!  We'll be working to build the last half mile of the Griffith Shadow Loop trail.  Griffith Shadow is on the backside of the Red Rock escarpment and provides hikers and riders an opportunity to experience the quiet of La Madre Mountain Wilderness.  Be a part of the effort to take care of the places we all play!

This project involves moderate to strenuous trailwork and a round-trip hike of up to 5 miles (at an elevation of 6000 - 7000 ft).  Details are subject to change.

What You'll Need:
- Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt for while we're working.
- A water bottle.  We'll have plenty of water for refills.
- Lunches, snacks, & camping gear for yourself.
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What We'll Have:
- A delicious dinner for all on Saturday night!
- Hot water, oatmeal, and more for breakfast on Sunday.
- Plenty of water and snacks.
- All of the tools, gloves, and hard hats we'll need to make a difference!
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This project is possible because of an Every Day Event Grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)!  With generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., NEEF offers Every Day Event Grants to public land organizations, or Friends Groups, to engage their community on America's public lands.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 08:00 AM
Southern NV - South Loop Trail

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From our neighborhoods to our nation's awe-inspiring National Parks, public lands of all sizes and varieties are the places where we live, learn, play, exercise, and relax.  Be a part of the estimated 200,000 volunteers that will take to their local public lands with shovels and gloves to improve over 2,500 sites across the country as part of National Public Lands Day 2016! 

In southern Nevada, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Great Basin Institute are teaming up to maintain the much beloved South Loop Trail.  South Loop is one half of the Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail that brings visitors to the 11,916 ft peak of Mt. Charleston.  South Loop remains closed since being heavily damaged by the Carpenter 1 Fire and successive flooding in 2013.  National Public Lands Day will be our 4th project of the summer spent maintaining South Loop trail.

We'll spend the day maintaining a lower section of South Loop trail that is in the burn zone.  The bulk of our efforts will be spent improving crucial drainage structures and blocking trail cuts.  Proper drainage is vital for every trail because it reduces erosion and damage that can be caused by pooling water.  This project involves a round trip hike of up to 2 miles at an elevation of 7500 - 8500 ft. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
- Long pants & a long sleeved shirt.
- A water reservoir or two water bottles.  We'll have plenty of cold water for refills.
- A lunch & snacks for yourself.
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Details are subject to change due to weather.  For more information, contact Grace at grace@nevadawilderness.org or (702) 515-5417.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM
National Public Lands Day - Black Rock NCA

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What better way to get out and celebrate your Public Lands then to join all the groups out on the Black Rock NCA for National Public Lands Day!!! Click here for details on the Nationwide event

Location and stewardship work has yet to be determined but what we can say is that there will be another great Dutch Oven Cook-off/Potluck for all to partake in, so plan to eat well!!!

As we move forward in the field season we will be posting updates here on the weekend itself so stay tuned.

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Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
No Nevada - Stewardship's 10th Birthday Party Fence Pull in Sparks, NV

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Friends of Nevada Wilderness Stewardship program is 10 years old!!!

Join us for a stellar weekend of fall colors, fence pulling, cake, and adventure. We are heading out to Arc Dome Wilderness to celebrate our 10th anniversary. While there we will be working with the USFS Austin-Tonopah Ranger District helping to remove an old unnecessary barbed wire fence. If you haven't removed fence yet, let this be your first time for some very rewarding conservation work.

More details to come but be sure to join us for our birthday party!

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Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 06:45 PM
REI in Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV

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Christy Smith is the Project Leader for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes 4 Wildlife Refuges in Southern Nevada.  She'll give us a quick introduction to each of them with a special focus on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge just North of town.  Friends of Nevada Wilderness will discuss some of the threats the Desert Refuge has faced recently, the current decision making process underway that will effect its future management and what the public can do to have a say.  You wont want to miss it!

We'll see you there!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hosting a monthly meeting the first Thursday of every month and we're calling it our Wild Speaker Series! This is a great way for folks who are interested in conservation to learn about current issues. Arrive at 6:45 to socialize and snack before the presentation at 7 pm. Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

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