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Happy Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct 13-19

The federal government shutdown has forced our partners in the US Fish & Wildlife Service to cancel celebrations and projects honoring the wildlife and wild beauty of the Sheldon, Desert and other refuges in Nevada.

Through thick and thin on Capitol Hill, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is committed to the long-term health of Nevada’s wild refuges. Our volunteers and crews have been working for years, healing sensitive areas from human scars, removing obsolete fence that impedes wildlife migration, removing defunct range developments that harm ecological health and destroy natural beauty, and helping people like you discover the beauties waiting on Nevada’s refuges and the rewards of giving back.

Friends looks forward to the return of our agency partners and the continuation of many good works to benefit the wildlife and healthy ecosystems on Nevada’s refuges and other wildlands.


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Golden light paints the rugged landscape of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Kurt Kuznicki

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Boots on the Ground

A Summer on the Trails: Friends’ Nye/Summit Trail Crew

As you read this, Friends’ Trail Crew is on their last hitch of the season, brushing out the Summit Trail in the Santa Rosa Range north of Winnemucca.

The crew spent most of their summer in central Nevada, improving public access and making travel easier on the Barley Creek/Cottonwood Loop and North Jefferson Trail in the Table Mountain Wilderness, the Pasco Canyon/Pine Creek Loop in the Alta Toquima Wilderness, the Toiyabe Crest Trail in the Arc Dome Wilderness.

AltaToquima_PineCreekHitch1_2013_kuz_3672.jpgCrew leader Jason clearing the trails for your hiking pleasure
in the Alta Toquima Wilderness. Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.

“There is no majestic Yosemite or wild Yellowstone,” wrote the crew member Gretchen Conn. “But there is something else: broad, peaceful vistas and solitude. And with solitude there is time, which cultivates patience. Within this virtue, one has the chance to sit, listen and observe. This is when the treasures of Wild Nevada reveal themselves—golden eagles circling on rising thermals looking for lunch, orange-green rufous hummingbirds darting by, and the buzz of a rattlesnake breaking the silence of a dry creek bed.”

Although the crew is done for the season, the solitude remains, inviting you to pack up your gear and head out for a few last miles of Nevada backcountry before the snow flies.


National Public Lands Day(s)

On Saturday, September 28, more than 175,000 volunteers pitched in to help nearly 2,200 parks, refuges, schools, community gardens, rivers and wilderness areas on National Public Lands Day.

Here in Nevada, Friends hosted four events, over two weekends, to connect good people with needed work on the ground:

On September 20, at Soldier Meadows in the Black Rock Desert, 30 volunteers turned out to help clean up your National Conservation Lands by repairing campsites and trails at the springs, repairing the public-use cabin, removing hard-to-see barbed-wire fence tangled in the grass near the cabin, and fixing the fence separating cattle and horses from the endangered species in and around the springs.

In the Santa Rosa Range on September 28, 16 volunteers teamed up to remove a mile of old fence to improve habitat for deer and other wildlife.

DNWR__Corn_Creek_NPLD2013_130928_jwitt_021.jpgOn the same day, more than 90 volunteers
turned out at Corn Creek on the Desert National
Wildlife Refuge
to help remove nearly 2,000 feet of
old fence that scarred views and impeded wildlife.
Photo by Jose Witt.

And also on September 28, four dedicated souls gave their time to heal wildlife habitat from vehicle scars in the South McCullough Mountains Wilderness.

"We came, we saw, we naturalized!" said volunteer Houston Burnett after all the work.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time and energy to make National Public Lands Day another success in Wild Nevada!

Upcoming Events

South

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November 14, Wild & Scenic Film Festival,
Las Vegas. Friends will kick off our celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with this showcase of films entertain and inspire. Doors open at 6pm, Historic Fifth St. Schoolhouse, Las Vegas. For information, call (775) 324-7667 or email katie@nevadawilderness.org.

Click here to buy tickets!

North

October 25, Post-Fire Reseeding in Santa Rosas #1. Friends, in partnership with the Santa Rosa Ranger District, will continue planting seedlings in areas of the Santa Rosa Mountain Range affected by the Tom Basin and Hanson Fires.  Please join us in the effort to plant sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings.  Planting sagebrush and bitterbrush will help rehabilitate the burned landscape and provide important winter forage and habitat to native wildlife. RSVP here.

November 2, Post-Fire Reseeding in Santa Rosas #2. 
Friends continues our work with the Forest Service plant seedlings in areas of the Santa Rosa Mountain Range affected by the Tom Basin and Hanson Fires.  RSVP here.

November 14, Lost Fire Reseeding.
Friends will join the BLM, Nevada Department of Wildlife and partner groups to plant bitterbrush seedlings in areas affected by the Lost Fire, west of Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness. RSVP here.


December TBA, Wild Winter Wingding, Reno. Each year, we celebrate our wonderful volunteers and their accomplishments with food, fun, music, silent auctions and Pat Bruce in a powder-blue tuxedo, if we can talk him into it. Call (775) 324-7667 for updates.

In the Middle

November 8-10, Lunar Crater and Palisade Mesa Restoration. Join Friends as we team with the Tonopah BLM to naturalize habitat and explore this lonely and beautiful region of central Nevada. Jobs for all ages and abilities. RSVP here.

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

Donate to Keep Nevada Wild

Do you love Nevada's backcountry beauty, beautiful wildlife, and limitless opportunities to explore your public wild lands? Help keep Nevada's wild places beautiful and healthy with a donation to Friends of Nevada Wilderness today.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY

Thank you!

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