DON'T BOMB THE BIGHORN: Desert bighorn sheep need YOU to take action! The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, just outside the city lights of Las Vegas, is nearly 1.6 million acres and home to one of Nevada’s largest desert bighorn sheep populations. 1.2 million areas of the Desert Refuge were proposed as Wilderness by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 1971. Immediately threatened by this round of military expansion is the broader Sheep Range proposed Wilderness (Sheep Range, Las Vegas Range, Gass Peak).
On December 7, 2017, the military released their legislative EIS with details on how much more of the refuge and proposed Wilderness they want to take over - it is a LOT! Sign the petition below to tell the military and our Congressional leaders #DontBombTheBighorn, and keep checking back - once we complete our analysis, we will be updating our page with how you can take further action to help defend the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
BREAKING NEWS: Gold Butte National Monument is one of the four National Monuments the Trump administration wants to slash! On December 4th, President Trump traveled to Utah to announce his plans to gut the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to allow for fossil fuel development. On December 5th, the ax fell on Nevada's Gold Butte National Monument when Secretary Zinke's final National Monument Review Report was released. We will release more details as they become available, along with how you can take action!
Comments Due Feb 2!
The BLM has requested public input for the Revised Draft Southern Nevada District Resource Management Plan (RMP). This revision will focus on:
• Renewable energy
• Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
• Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
• Land Disposals
In a recent push to undermine one of our most bedrock conservation laws, the Wilderness Act of 1964, some congressional representatives are seeking to open Wilderness areas up to mountain bikes - an activity specifically prohibited by the Wilderness Act. Learn more how you can take action to maintain the integrity of the Wilderness Act here.
The Wild Washoe Wilderness Campaign is your opportunity to permanently safeguard large tracts of wild lands and thereby gain long term protection for sagebrush ecosystems across the region. This campaign is one of Friends of Nevada Wilderness' most ambitious efforts to date. Currently, we are working with the Nevada congressional delegation, local stakeholders, and Washoe County Commissioners to help develop a public lands bill that includes conservation, recreation, and economic development.
Washoe County Commissioners will be taking your specific comments on wilderness proposals within the county until early in 2018. Direct your specific comments directly to them.
From the Statue of Liberty to the California Coast, National Monuments protect our nation's history, cultural heritage, threatened and endangered wildlife, scenic vistas, and thriving oceans. The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, gives presidents the authority to safeguard and preserve federal lands as National Monuments for all Americans to enjoy. Sixteen presidents from both parties have used this authority to protect stunning lands and oceans across America including right here in Nevada. Great Basin National Park was originally designated as a National Monument in 1922 and in 2016, Nevada received two more National Monuments - Basin and Range and Gold Butte. However, threats to this bedrock conservation law and to national monuments across the country continue to grow. Learn more about the campaign to defend Nevada's National Monuments and how you can take action!
America’s 640 million acres of federal public lands are the backbone of our rich outdoor heritage. However, some extremist politicians would like to sell off YOUR public lands to the highest bidder and close off access forever. Please join us in the continued fight to keep public lands in public hands. Continue reading for more information on recent public land victories in the Nevada State Legislature and in Congress to #KeepItPublic.
The Fallon Range Training Complex is seeking to withdraw and reserve for military use approximately 604,789 acres of public land. Their expansion proposal overlaps several wild areas of northern Nevada including portions of the three wilderness study areas managed by the BLM: the Stillwater Range, Job Peak, and the Clan Alpine Mountains. The expansion would also include portions of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and several Friends of Nevada Wilderness' proposals for lands with wilderness characteristics units currently managed by the BLM. Learn more about the proposed expansion and how it will affect YOUR public access.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is proud to work with members of the Nevada delegation to advance a comprehensive lands bill for Pershing County that aims to conserve important areas as wilderness and provide economic development for the County. This bill will ensure the permanent protection of 162,000 acres of wilderness, while also providing tools to help resolve the checkerboard land issue. Take action to support a Pershing County public lands bill by clicking here!
The Bureau of Land Management is releasing Resource Management Plans across the state. These land-use decision-making documents will guide how public lands in Nevada are managed for the next couple of decades, including the last vestiges of our wild tracts of land. With so many current threats to our public lands it is important that people who love to recreate outside, love wildlife, and appreciate Nevada's rich history get involved in this process to ensure lands with wilderness characteristics are properly managed and protected.
The BLM needs to hear from you to help safeguard our wild landscapes.