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  • Wild Speaker Series

    Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    Native Identity & Landscape

    Join us as we welcome Resource Coordinator for UNLV's The Intersection Patrick Naranjo for a presentation about Native American cultural history and how the Antiquities Act has provided protection for these sites Nationwide.

    The Antiquities Act of 1906 resulted from a combination of interests. Politicians wanted to preserve prehistory as a form of national heritage; anthropologists and archaeologists were interested in Native American societies, past and present; and cultural institutions sought to gather material collections of interest and value to the public. Politicians recognized an international trend toward the preservation of archaeological sites, in particular Britain's Ancient Monuments Act (1882) and Mexico's Law of Archaeological Monuments (1897).

    With dozens of protected sacred sites, no state has a greater percentage of federal land than Nevada, which is 85 percent federally owned, and is the ancestral location to the Paiute, Shoshone, & Washoe peoples-which are reaffirmed by their sovereign status as the 27 tribes in Nevada. 

    Mr. Naranjo will discuss how the cultural aspects that support the establishment of The Antiquities Act (the identification, and design of  heritage items, and sacred sites ) which authorizes the President of the United States to designate as national monuments any historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest. The Basin and Range & Gold Butte National Monuments both provide vital habitats for Desert Bighorn Sheep, Gila Monsters, Desert Tortoises, Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, various kinds of flora & fauna- and many other species of concern. I will discuss in depth, how these designation’s honors America’s “first citizens” that are indigenous to the S. Nevada region; by acknowledging their ancestral landscape and by also protecting the indigenous knowledge systems associated with these spaces & The contemporary identity that defines the heritage of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.

    We will see you there!

    Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park in their Community Room. Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

    Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

  • MLK Day of Service at South McCullough Wilderness! 1 RSVP

    Monday, January 15, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    South McCullough Wilderness


    Join us for MLK Day of Service to kick off a year of giving back to our community!  Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a day of service – a "day on, not a day off."  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to address our communities' most pressing problems.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

    We'll spend MLK Day protecting Nevada's wild lands through on-the-ground restoration and outreach.  Just south of Jean dry lake, we'll use our muscles to install a kiosk to spread the work about responsible recreation.  We'll also install a vehicle barrier to separate areas that are open to OHV use from the South McCullough Wilderness, which is protected for more primitive recreation.  There's no experience necessary, just a passion for the outdoors!

    What You'll Need:  Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.  Sunscreen, a water bottle, lunch, and snacks for yourself.


  • Public Hearing: Proposed Military Land Withdrawal of the Desert Refuge

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas,, NV

    The United States Air Force officially released their final LEIS for the Military Land Withdrawal of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and their intentions of gutting the largest refuge in the lower 48 states were made loud and clear.

    A copy of the Draft LEIS can be viewed at  The 90-day public comment period begins on Dec. 8, 2017 and concludes March 8, 2018. This period ensures the public has ample opportunity to review and comment on the Draft LEIS. The Air Force will host a series of public hearings to provide members of the community with information about this proposal.  The LEIS comment period and public hearings also serve to provide the public and other stakeholder organizations with the opportunity to comment on potential historic resources effects of the undertaking in accordance with the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. 

    Attendees have the opportunity to provide oral and written comments during the public hearings, or they may mail in written comments or post comments to the website prior to the close of the public comment period. Comments should be postmarked by March 8, 2018, to ensure their consideration is included in the final LEIS. 

    We are encouraging those who would like to participate in this public hearing held in the Las Vegas area to join us Jan. 23, 2018, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Aliante Casino and Hotel, 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, Nevada. Come out and let your voice be heard in support of continued protection of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. #DontBombTheBighorn

  • Alternative Spring Break 2018!

    Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM through March 30, 2018
    Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge


    Save the Date: RSVPs Open January 16th!

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for our 8th Annual Alternative Spring Break!!  This week of outdoor service and adventure is extremely rewarding and creates memories that last forever.

    Help us restore habitats in the Pahranagat and Desert National Wildlife Refuges!  We're partnering with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to  provide you with a unique experience during your spring break.  This is a multi-day project with 5 nights of camping on the shore of Upper Pahranagat Lake, starting Sunday evening.  Monday through Thursday, we'll restore fragile desert habitat for bighorn sheep, desert tortoise, and southwestern willow flycatchers.  There is no experience necessary - we'll provide all of the gear and information that you'll need.

    In the evenings we'll enjoy gourmet camp dinners, learn from local experts about our environment, try our hand at using an agave roasting pit, and stargaze at Nevada's dark skies.  We'll also have time to explore the areas that we're working to protect.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about our local environment, experience cultural resources, and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

    Check out this video to get an idea of what Alternative Spring Break is all about:

    We ask for a $50 deposit to confirm your commitment, which will be fully refunded when you join us for Alternative Spring Break.  The deposit helps us accomodate as many people to participate as we can.  We'll send more information about the deposit and Alternative Spring Break once you RSVP.  

    The trip is free; all meals, gear, and transportation to project sites are provided due to a generous grant from Barrick. This is the fourth year Barrick has provided funds for us to host the event and get students out on the ground to accomplish critical restoration projects in Nevada while gaining experience in the natural resources field.  


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