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Pronghorn on the Sheldon (c) Julie Granata

Reno Earth Day celebration — April 19th

Reno Earth Day is always a lot of fun and a great way to meet interesting people who share a love for the earth. Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness at Idlewild Park along the Truckee River on April 19th from 10-4pm. Look for our booth! If you want to volunteer give us a call at 324-7667. This event is free and open to the public. Google Map

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Thank you volunteers!

A big thanks to our 14 volunteers who helped out the Forest Service on the Rosachi Ranch Restoration along the East Fork Walker River on March 13-15. Volunteers completed the removal of 500 feet of barbed wire fence and 10 steel posts as well as the removal of a debris tangle in a nearby creek, trail maintenance, and native grass sewing along river. photo (c) Kurt Kuznicki


Another big thanks to our 22 volunteers on the Fly Canyon restoration project up in the Black Rock Desert March 27-29. Volunteers helped the BLM restore trespass vehicle routes; remove and pack out a one-mile section of barbed wire fence in Fly Canyon as well as reseed portions of the Soldier Meadows Campground and get it ready for the season. A Dutch oven pineapple upside-down cake helped volunteer Seira Plouviez celebrated her birthday on the trip. photo (c) Pat Bruce


Caleb Burke, an extraordinary volunteer

Though Caleb was born in NC his family has been in NV for 2 generations, and he has been in Reno since he was 2. Caleb is the third of four boys in the Burke family, and according to his mom, Lori, he was the cutest of all her babies and is the peacemaker of the family.

Caleb started volunteering for FNW in June 2007, and has been one of our most dedicated volunteers. He has generated 185 hours of Volunteer service, and has been recognized by Sen. Reid for his service to Nevada’s public lands in 2007 and 2008.

“Caleb is the kind of guy you want to be working with on a project. He is a machine with a pick in his hand, and he always has a great attitude and sense of humor” says Field Project Coordinator, Pat Bruce. photo (c) Pat Bruce


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Wilderness on Nevada’s national forests

Want to help out your wild areas in the forest this year? There are MANY ways you can volunteer.

  • If you want a group activity, join us on the many planned wilderness stewardship trips scattered across the state.

  • If you’d like to spend time on your own or with a friend doing monitoring work, learning to GPS vehicle routes, weeds, recreation sites and more? Let’s find the right project for you!

  • Would you like to spend time up on the Toiyabe Crest Trail in Central Nevada this summer working on a trail crew or helping improve trailheads?

  • Want to join with a group here in Reno and concentrate your volunteer efforts in the Mt. Rose Wilderness?

Contact Wes at our office (775) 324-7667 to learn more about all these opportunities.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) has been key in supporting our efforts to connect volunteers with wilderness and roadless areas that need help here in Nevada. If you’d like to now support the NFF win $50,000, you can cast your vote.

The NFF’s proposal is called “Restoring the Lost River Whychus,” in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. This is a great project to prepare this watershed for the return of native salmon. Anyone over 21 can vote either through the Greater Outdoors Project Web site or by texting the word “forest” on your cell phone to 39668. You may cast one vote per day until May 31 — so help them out by voting often!

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Friends thanks Senator Reid and Representatives Berkley and Titus

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 was signed into law March 30th by President Obama. New wilderness along Nevada’s borders include: the White Mountains and Hoover additions in California and the Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands in Idaho. Altogether about 2 million acres of new wilderness around the country have been added to the system and more than 1,000 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers have been protected.

Also as a part of this bill, Congress has recognized the importance of BLM's "crown jewels" making the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) permanent and recognizing the national treasures that BLM manages. Thank you Senator Reid for your leadership in getting this landmark piece of legislation passed and for the support from Congresswomen Berkley and Titus. This bill truly looks towards the future!

Click here to listen to Friends' thank-you message.

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Friends celebrates silver anniversary

Since its inception 25 years ago, Friends of Nevada Wilderness has led the way in gaining protection for over 3 million acres of Nevada's wildest lands. These places are now officially protected as wilderness because Friends' members have been inspired to help insure Nevada's wild treasures remain Forever Wild!

It was your hard work and persistence that made these many successes a reality. Thank you all!

Museum event a great success

Thanks to everyone who made the Art of Nature Reception and Program at the Nevada State Museum such a success March 26th. Over 200 people viewed the beautiful art work of Sharon Schafer and were thrilled with her multimedia program. Great food and wine – huge thanks to the Friends of the Museum as well as to the many wilderness volunteers who participated.

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Upcoming volunteer projects

April 24-26   Leave No Trace, Train-the-Trainer course — Black Rock National Conservation Area

Stewardship — Learn Leave-No-Trace principles in this Train-the-Trainer course. Have fun learning while camping and meeting great people.


May 1-3   High Rock Canyon Restoration Project

Stewardship — High Rock Canyon route restoration and fence removal in the High Rock Lake Wilderness.


May 11-15   Table Mountain Wilderness Monitoring Trip

Stewardship — Hike in the Table Mountain Wilderness and collect baseline data about trails, campsites, invasive weeds and future restoration project sites.


June 19-21 – Summer Solstice   Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Project

Stewardship — Join with other groups and individuals who care deeply about this beautiful and remote wild gem in Nevada. We’ll pull fence to help antelope and other wildlife, help restore critical springs and do general campground clean-up.


Save the Date:   Western Wilderness Conference 2010 — New Aims, New Allies

The Western Wilderness Conference 2010 will take place April 8 – 11, 2010, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, California. Visit the conference website: This conference will inspire, teach, focus on the role of wildlands in an era of global warming and much more.


Many more trips throughout the year are listed at Friends' website. If you want to help keep these great opportunities coming please click the button to donate:

Visit our website's TAKE ACTION pages for other ways to get involved with Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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