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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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:
www.westernwilderness.org. 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
If you want to help keep these great opportunities coming please click the button to donate:
Visit our website's
pages for other ways to get involved with Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
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