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October 22, 2009

Bonanza Trailhead
Trailhead for the Bonanza Trail © Kurt Kuznicki

The Bonanza Extravaganza - 10/31/09

October 31: Calling all southland wilderness stewardship volunteers

Help us celebrate Nevada Day in southern Nevada in "Wild Style" by volunteering for the Bonanza Trail Head Project. This stewardship project site is located in the wild and beautiful Spring Mountains, just a few miles outside Las Vegas.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness and our stewardship partner, the US Forest Service, will do some much-needed work at the trailhead. We will work on signs and permit boxes, remove graffiti, and perform routine trail maintenance on sections of the lower Bonanza trail. Please come out to make a difference for your public lands and celebrate the Silver State's birthday at the same time.

Call Kurt Kuznicki at (775) 745-3119 for more info and to sign up for this volunteer day trip.

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2010 Wild Nevada calendar cover
Cover of 2010 Wild Nevada Calendar

Wild Nevada Calendar Holiday Event
at REI Boca Park - 11/14/09

November 14: Come get your 2010 Wild Nevada calendar - special prices at this event

Looking for some cool outdoor gear and special gifts for friends and family? We have the event for you!

Come to the REI Boca Park Garage Sale and find some great gear at great prices and pick up a few Wild Nevada calendars for yourself, family and friends. These calendars are full-sized wall calendars with colorful, inspiring photos from wild places across the state.

As a special treat, some of the calendar photographers will be on hand to talk about their photos and, of course, Wild Nevada. This wall calendar, produced annually by Friends of Nevada Wilderness, makes the perfect Holiday gift. What could be better than sharing the gift of wilderness with those you love.

Our prices have been reduced from last year. Pick up one calendar for $10, three for $20, and a phenomenal price of 20 calendars for just $99.

REI Boca Park Store is located at 710 S Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89145. Their phone is (702) 951-4488. Google map to REI Boca Park

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Group photo wilderness stewards at Pahranagat NWR
Wilderness stewards at Pahranagat NWR © Kurt Kuznicki

Volunteers help the Pahranagat NWR

October 17: Friends' volunteers celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by working to improve the Pahranagat Refuge.

I have been on a number of great projects with some wonderful people since I've been in southern Nevada. I have to say the National Wildlife Refuge Week at Pahranagat was very special because of the diversity of the volunteers.

Justice Rwechungura, a naturalized US citizen who leads tours to his native Tanzania and other places in Africa, has seen wilderness disappear is his county and wants to leave a Wilderness Legacy in his new home in southern Nevada. "What does it say about us as a people if we use up the wild places and don't save anything for the future?" said Justice, speaking from his heart.

His wife Zighe, who hails from Kenya, joined us on the trip and shared Justice's concerns. Geneva Student is an uber southern Nevada public lands volunteer, and she expressed her concern by telling us about the wildlife that is threatened in her native Panama. Their plight inspired her to work hard for wildlife and wild places in Nevada.

Of course the good, old US of A was well represented by local conservationists and concerned citizens like John Bialecki, and John & Hermi Hiatt. Standing up for the future was young Hannah Spears who came out to help her dad, Jonathan, with the hope of popping a few cattails and seeing some wildlife at the refuge.

It was great day that touched my heart in many ways and made me realize, once again, that not only is Nevada wilderness a special gift from the past but it is a gift that must be passed on to the future.

Sending out a big "thank you" to all who participated in this great day for Nevada's wild places,
Kurt Kuznicki

Hannah Spears selects plants for revegetation work at Pahranagat NWR
Hannah Spears selects plants for revegetation work at Pahranagat NWR © Kurt Kuznicki

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Upcoming volunteer projects and events


October 31   Bonanza Trailhead & Trail Restoration trip

Stewardship — Install signs and a new permit box, clean up the trailhead area and restore the trail where damaged. All this in the wild Spring Mountains - just outside Las Vegas. Details


November 1 - 30: Wildlands of Clark County (exhibit)

Sharon Schafer's show on wildland areas of Clark County will hang at the Boulder City Library the entire month of November along with an exhibit of specimens from the Nevada State Museum's natural history collection. November is Wilderness Month in Boulder City.

The Boulder City Library (Google map) is located at 701 Adams Blvd, Boulder City, Nevada.


November 3 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM: Multimedia presentation

Sharon Schafer will present her multimedia program "The Art of Nature: Images from the Wildlands of Southern Nevada." This event at the Boulder City Library celebrates the amazing beauty and diversity of our Clark County wildlands.

If you have not yet experienced Sharon's inspiring program about wildlife and the places they live in southern Nevada, you have missed a real treat.

The Boulder City Library (Google map) is located at 701 Adams Blvd, Boulder City, Nevada.



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