October 1, 2010
Volunteers rock for Public Lands Day
The 17th annual National Public Lands Day brought out volunteers
across the state to restore, conserve, and protect Nevada’s public lands.
Over 75 people attended a two-night camping excursion to the
Black Rock Desert to build warning fences and remove debris.
While the weather was hot in the Black Rock Desert, the 25
volunteers from Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Gold
Butte in southern Nevada faced temperatures over 100 degrees!
Meanwhile, Forest Project Coordinator, Wes Hoskins led a trip
to Alta Toquima to log downed trees and perform general trail maintenance on the
Pasco Canyon Trail.
A big thank you to all our volunteers, the wonderful nonprofit
organizations we worked with and the government agencies that assisted us —
together, we made a fantastic contribution to Nevada’s public lands.
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Success for the Black Rock
Project 1: Coyote Springs Dune enclosure
Letting the pictures tell the story:
Before — Coyote Springs Dunes enclosure © Darcy Shepard.
During — Coyote Springs Dunes enclosure © Darcy Shepard.
After — Coyote Springs Dunes enclosure © Darcy Shepard.
The kids were well cared for while learning in the wild:
Kids’ camp, Black Rock Desert © Darcy Shepard.
Project 2: debris cleanup
Debris left over from an abandoned opal mining operation was
cleaned up by a dedicated crew of volunteers. “Amazing” the amount of material they were
able to reclaim from the site.
Volunteers fill large dumpster with debris from an old mining operation, Black Rock Desert © Brian Beffort.
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Success for Pasco Canyon Trail
Pasco Canyon Trail Maintanence Project, September 24th26th 2010
Wes and David sawing log © John Fiske.
Hiking up 2 miles, we found that an intense weather event had
demolished the Pasco Canyon trail. Aspen, willow, and water birch trunks and limbs lay scattered
around the area for over one mile. Clearing out this trail to aid access for hunters
and others was a perfect project. Six volunteers got the job done in a day. We logged
out 217 dead, downed, and hazard trees. We also created a 500-foot re-route in an
especially impacted area.
Before and after along the trail © John Fiske
Now, the Pine Creek Trail out of Pine Creek campground is
cleared and leads up to the Jefferson complex of peaks. Length of the trail is
approximately 12 miles, roundtrip.
Big thanks to John, David, Larry, Phil, Mike and Wes © John Fiske
This project was much needed, and the satisfaction level at the end was super-high.
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Success for Gold Butte
Friends of Gold Butte organizes a great event
Volunteers built up a lot of sweat equity in Nevada’s
natural resources on September 25, for National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte, Nevada.
In triple-digit heat, 25 volunteers planted over six dozen pieces of native flora
along the Falling Man Petroglyph Trail and installed 180 fence posts to direct
off-road vehicles away from sensitive desert habitats.
Volunteers hard at work at Gold Butte © Andy Sanchez.
“I worked on installing post fencing to designate a
parking/turn around area for off-road vehicle users,” said volunteer Andy Sanchez.
It was his first time volunteering for National Public Lands Day, but is planning
“without a doubt” to come out again next year.
Kurt (Friends of Nevada Wilderness) and Nancy (Friends of Gold Butte) pose at Gold Butte © Andy Sanchez
Although two organizations and the BLM were involved in the
event, it is the volunteers who deserve the credit for making this day such a big
plus for Nevada’s wildlands. “I feel like National Public Lands Day was a
success in Gold Butte because so many people gave up their Saturday to come and make a
difference in an amazing and delicate place,” said Sanchez.
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up LOTS of fun opportunities
to help your Nevada wildlands to heal and prosper. Check out the next
several trips and events. Also see Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ Calendar of Events.
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.
Saturday, October 23 Birdsong Trail at Corn Creek (Day 1 of 3), Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Stewardship — Join with Friends of Nevada Wilderness
and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to build part of the Birdsong Trail. Today is
the first day of a project that spans 3 work days from October 23 to November 6.
Please join us for one, two or all three days.
Sunday, October 24 South Loop Trail - trail work
Stewardship — Through an exclusive relationship with
the Las Vegas Mountaineering Club we have an opportunity to improve the mountains
we so often climb. This event will include the rehabilitation of the South Loop Trail
in Mt. Charleston on the upper switchbacks. This part of the trail has been heavily
abused by people cutting switchbacks and is in need of repair.
Saturday, October 30 Birdsong Trail at Corn Creek (Day 2 of 3),
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Stewardship — Join with Friends of Nevada Wilderness and
the US Fish and Wildlife Service to build part of the Birdsong Trail. Today is the
second day of a project that spans 3 Saturdays of work from October 23 to November 6.
Please join us for this day or both remaining days of work on the trail.
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