September 3, 2010
Happy Anniversary to the Wilderness Act
Forty-six years ago (September 3, 1964), the Wilderness Act established a process
that has allowed people like you and me to protect the most sublime examples of
America’s natural heritage — places like Jarbidge, the Ruby Mountains,
Mount Rose, Mount Charleston, the Black Rock Desert, and many more.
These places have given us all so much, from clean air and
water to wildlife habitat, important refuges for biodiversity, and opportunities
for all of us to enjoy the beauty, solitude and adventure that exist only in the wild.
As we commemorate this anniversary, I ask you to think of
your favorite wilderness areas (or potential wilderness areas) in Nevada and ask
yourself “how can I give back to these incredible places?”
President Obama just issued a
declaring September as Wilderness Month. It begins:
the American spirit of exploration and discovery has led us to experience the majesty
of our Nation’s wilderness. From raging rivers to serene prairies, from mountain peaks
slicing the skyline to forests teeming with life, our Nation’s landscapes have provided
wonder, inspiration, and strength to all Americans.
A paradise moment: rainbow over the Santa Rosa Wilderness © Josh Hejl
I know that Nevada’s wilderness has inspired me on so
many levels for most of my life, and I know it is important to you as well. During
wilderness month, come join us on a restoration trip, visit one of Nevada’s
fabulous wilderness areas, write a letter supporting wilderness (the asks will be
coming later in the month) or give an extra donation to help us keep these areas
wild for future generations to enjoy.
For the Wild,
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Friends invites YOU to National Public Lands Day September 17-19, 2010
“Healing the land, healing ourselves” through volunteerism
Kids at National Public Lands Day 2008 © Brian Beffort
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal
agencies and 700 volunteers, nationwide. Now, 9 federal and many state and local
land agencies and thousands of volunteers participate in this annual day of caring
for shared lands all across the country. This year, Friends expects more than 100
volunteers to participate in the Black Rock event, alone.
Volunteers with Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of the
Black Rock, the Nevada Outdoor School and the Bureau of Land Management are participating
in on-the-ground projects to support National Public Lands Day.
There will be a variety of projects over the weekend, including
site cleanup and possible fence construction. All projects will take place in Black
Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
This is a great weekend for the whole family. The Nevada
Outdoor School will be running a “Kids Camp” on Saturday. This will
include fun activities and educational components to teach the children about the
wildlands of Nevada while their parents are out in the field working to help protect
For more information about specific camp locations and to sign
up for National Public Lands Day, please contact Pat Bruce at (775) 324-7667 or by
More information about National
Public Lands Day (note: this site shows September 25 as Public Lands Day — both
dates are correct.)
More information about
Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Hope to see you there!
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The life of a Wilderness Monitor
Katie LaCroix, Spring Mountains Wilderness Monitor © Kurt Kuznicki
I am really enjoying my work in the Spring Mountains outside
of Las Vegas. There certainly are many lesser-known gems outside of Las Vegas that,
in my eyes, shine much brighter than the Strip.
On a typical “work day” I get to lace up my boots
and head out into the wilderness to explore! I can’t think of anything better.
Being from northern New England, the landscapes of southern Nevada take my
breath away on a daily basis.
I am afforded the opportunity to chat with all sorts of folks
on the trail and find out what the “Springs” mean to them, as well as
the opportunity to roll up my sleeves with some of the most passionate and hard
working volunteers I have ever met.
On a recent monitoring hike I even got to check out a mountain
lion track! My “office” is beautifully decorated with bristlecones,
ponderosas, aspens, Joshua trees, butterflies, chirping birds, lizards, and gorgeous
I can’t wait to see what is around the next bend in the
trail as the season progresses!
Katie LaCroix has been doing a tremendous job as the
Spring Mountains Wilderness Monitor, a seasonal position with Friends of Nevada
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Thursday, September 9 — Monday, September 13 Mt Rose Wilderness backpack
Recreation & wilderness values — Get to know the depth and breadth of the
Mt Rose Wilderness while missing out on the rat race up to the summit. This
“wilderness values” trip does not involve a specific restoration project.
This is a moderately strenuous trip, and some previous backpacking experience is required.
Friday, September 17 — Sunday, September 19 National Public Lands
Day in the Black Rock Desert
Stewardship — Project details are still being worked out.
Public Lands Day is always a fun, informative and rewarding experience. Families
are encouraged to join us. Kids programs will be provided by the Nevada Outdoor School.
Friday, September 24 — Monday, September 27 Alta Toquima Wilderness trail-maintenance project
Stewardship — Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Austin
Ranger District will be brushing out trail tread and logging downed trees to maintain
a loop trail from Pine Creek to Pasco Canyon. Basic hand tools such as saws and
loppers will be used, and some backcountry hiking will be required.
Saturday, September 25, 2010 National Public Lands Day in the Spring Mountains
Stewardship — Please join Friends of Nevada Wilderness
as we build new trail and maintain existing portions of the Blue Tree Trail system
in the Spring Mountains NRA. This service trip is open to adults, seniors,
groups and families.
Saturday, October 9 Henderson Trails Day celebration
Special event — Come on down to southern Nevada’s
largest trail event of the year. Stop bye the Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ booth
and say “hello.” There will be activities for all ages, including
an outdoor gear swap, and much more.
Thursday, October 14 — Monday, October 18 Central Nevada backpack
Recreation & wilderness values — Join Friends for a
recreational backpack into the wilds of central Nevada. This “wilderness
values” trip does not involve a specific restoration project.
This is a moderately strenuous trip, and some previous backpacking experience is
Many trips through the year are listed at
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