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May 5, 2010

Victory for Gold Butte!

Petroglyphs in Gold Butte region
Petroglyphs in Gold Butte region © Brian Beffort

Clark County Commission supports Gold Butte protection

After sitting though almost two hours of testimony about the Gold Butte Resolution at the Clark County Commissioner meeting on May 4th, what sticks most in my mind is that there are so many folks who love Gold Butte. We may not all agree on how it should be managed or whether or not there should be wilderness, but the love is there on both sides. Some folks were very passionate. I was amazed though by all the misunderstanding out there, some folks didn't know that Gold Butte is public land managed by the BLM. Some folks thought county commissioners could designate wilderness.

Some of our members waited in line for over an hour to speak. It was not only their words that touched me but their commitment, going to bat for Gold Butte even if it meant a long wait to speak for three minutes ... awesome! One volunteer had never been to GB, but he want to do something for his daughter's generation. He made a difference. It is nice to know that when it really counts and things are on the line, our wilderness community all pulls together to help protect the places we love.

A huge thanks to all of you that came to the Clark County Commission meeting or who wrote letters, emails or made calls. It worked, the final vote was 6-1 in favor of protecting Gold Butte. It’s now up to our Congressional delegation to craft legislation that will provide permanent protection.

This is a good time to contact Clark County commissioners to thank them for supporting Gold Butte. Voting in support: Tom Collins, Chris Giunchigliani, Susan Brager, Rory Reid, Lawrence Weekly, Larry Brown. Voting in opposition: Steve Sisolak.

Kurt Kuznicki

Click here for more information about Gold Butte.

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Black Rock wildlands acquired

Poodle Mountain flowers
Poodle Mountain flowers © Scott Smith

On April 22, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), working closely with the Nevada Land Conservancy, acquired approximately 1,300 acres of land in the Little High Rock Canyon, Poodle Mountain and Hardin City areas, within and near the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness has long supported this effort, and we applaud the Nevada Land Conservancy and the BLM for making this significant acquisition possible. Good job!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Nevada’s wild places thank you for making Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ first online Earth Day Pledge Drive a big success. Over 50 donors contributed about $8,000. With the generous match from and KEEN Footwear and a few private donors the overall campaign brought in about $16,000 to support wilderness.

You are such a great wilderness community — caring so much for Nevada’s wildlands and for the volunteers out there making a difference on the ground.

Once again, thank you!

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Another big thank you!

Goes out to the Wilburforce Foundation and the National Forest Foundation for their continued generous support of Nevada's wildlands and Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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The Desert in Bloom — an essay

cactus in bloom
Blooming cactus © Kate Prengaman

By Kate Prengaman

When I decided to move to Nevada a few years ago to take a job as a field botanist, my mother was afraid I would be disappointed. "Won't it be boring to study plants in the desert?" she asked, "There can't be that many, right?"

Lucky for all of us in southern Nevada, my mother had no idea what she was talking about (just this one time). Although perhaps not obvious at first glance, the Mojave desert is home to nearly 2,000 species of plants. Even luckier for us, this is the perfect time to head out into the wilderness to appreciate them. Our heavy winter rains have watered a larger-than-average crop of annual wildflowers, and lots of them are opening up flowers in April. Isn't it nice of the flowers to bloom before it gets too hot to hike happily? (read the entire essay)


Kate Prengaman is a Field Botanist with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who also writes and volunteers for Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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Buy and Sell on eBay for
Friends of Nevada Wilderness

You can support Nevada's wild places when you buy or sell on eBay, with the eBay Giving Works program. Here’s how:

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is part of the eBay Giving Works program.

When you buy:

You can find whatever you're looking for on eBay – from baseball cards to new cars and more. When you do, shop for items that benefit us. You can get a great deal and support Nevada's wild places at the same time!

To support Friends of Nevada Wilderness when you shop, go to Friends' Giving Works page, then click on the Buy tab to purchase items from the list.

When you sell:

You can also support Nevada's wild places when you sell on eBay. Just designate Friends of Nevada Wilderness to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great.

Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support Wild Nevada while you’re at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees.

To sell now in support of Friends of Nevada Wilderness, go to Friends' Giving Works page, click the Sell tab and follow the instructions.

Thank you for supporting Wild Nevada while selling and shopping on eBay!!

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Wes Hoskins — LNT State Advocate for Nevada

Forest Project Coordinator, Wes Hoskins, is now the Leave No Trace State Advocate for Nevada. He will be furthering the Leave No Trace mission by being a nexus between Leave No Trace training and groups, individuals, and agencies seeking Leave No Trace presentations and events.

If you are interested in hosting a Leave No Trace presentation or training anywhere in the state, drop him an email here. We still have spots open for the Santa Rosa LNT backpacking trip at the beginning of June. This is a partnership project with the Nevada Outdoor School.

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Upcoming volunteer projects and events

For northern, central and southern Nevada, we have some awesome stewardship trips coming up to satisfy the volunteer within. Click the links to find out more.


Monday, May 10 — Saturday, May 15   Central Nevada monitoring tour

Stewardship — join us for car-camping and day-hikes to help the Forest Service manage beautiful wilderness in central Nevada. Details


Friday, May 14   Lovell Canyon route restoration project

Stewardship — Making a difference in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, with route restoration and enjoying the great outdoors with folks that care. Details


Saturday, May 15   Spring cleaning for the Spring Mountains

Stewardship — Litter and trash pick-up. BBQ later in the day. Details


Thursday, May 20 — Sunday, May 23   Desert National Wildlife Refuge spring service project

Stewardship — Come out to the Refuge to build post-and-cable fences, replace signs, and restore a route. Details


Friday, May 28 — Sunday, May 31   The Black Rock Rendezvous

Stewardship — A weekend of education, fellowship and restoration to help the Black Rock. Details


Friday, June 4 — Sunday, June 6   Leave-No-Trace, Train-the-Trainer, backpacking course

Stewardship — Learn Leave-no-Trace principles and how to teach them to others in this 2-day, Train-the-Trainer, backpacking course Details


Friday, June 25 — Sunday, June 27   Second Annual Sheldon Rendezvous

Stewardship — Have fun while learning about the Sheldon and helping restore its unique character. Details


Many trips through 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.