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April 22: Party for the planet

April 23: Pahrump

April 22-23: Carl Pantuso photos

May 1: Reno


Soldier Meadows, POSTPONED by BLM

Spring Training, April 16-17

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April 6, 2011

Nevada celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day: Party for the planet, April 22

Join Shark Reef Aquarium and local conservation organizations to learn about environmental stewardship and the positive actions you can take to help the earth.

Recycle your cell phone, join the Eco Scavenger Hunt or donate blood through United Blood Services. The event is free and located in the public space in front of the aquarium. Admission to the exhibits is separate.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness will have a table at this event, so come check us out!

When: Friday, April 22, 10AM to 4PM

Where: Shark Reef Aquarium, Mandalay Bay

Address: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas    Google map

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Earth Day: Pahrump, April 23

Join us for the 8th annual Pahrump Earth Day Event at the Ian Deutch Memorial Park. There will be informational, educational and vendor booths as well as food, music, Native American participation, children’s activities and new electric vehicles to check out!

We hope to see you there as we work with our neighbors and community members to build new relationships and to keep the Valley clean and green!

When: Saturday, April 23, 10AM to 4PM

Where: Ian Deutch Memorial Park, Pahrump
(Southern Pahrump on Honeysuckle Street between Pahrump Valley Blvd and Dandelion Street    Google map).

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Wild photos by Carl Pantuso, April 22-23

Friends’ 2011 Wild Nevada calendar featured two of Carl Pantuso’s great wildland photos (April and May).

photo: gun-sight slot at Red Rocks (c) Carl Pantuso
(April) Gun-sight slot in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness (c) Carl Pantuso

For two days, as part of this year’s Earth Day celebration, you can view and purchase Carl’s wildlands photos at Oh My Godard Gallery.

Carl's prints (16” x 24” and 24” x 36” — on canvas in a gallery wrap) are ready to hang. These photos are perfect for an office or a room in your home — any place you want a brilliant reminder of southern Nevada's wild beauty.

photo: bristlecone at Mount Moriah Wilderness (c) Carl Pantuso
(May) Bristlecone at Mount Moriah Wilderness (c) Carl Pantuso

Download the event flier (JPEG image).

Where: Oh My Godard Gallery
Miracle Mile Shops
Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip    (Google map)

When: 6PM to 10PM, Friday, April 22, and
2PM to 6PM, Saturday, April 23

What #1: View and purchase Carl’s many fine Nevada wildlands photos while sipping complementary wine, listening to music and enjoying finger food.

What #2: Enjoy great photos at home to save Nevada wilderness. When you purchase Carl's works at the event, a portion of the price will go to Friends to help protect Nevada's wild places.

Call the gallery: (702) 699-9099 for more details.

Also presenting: Extraordinary glass art by White Elk.

You can preview Carl's photos at

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Earth Day: Reno, May 1

Enjoy local food and live music while engaging with folk on helping the environment and conserving resources. There will be a smattering of science and green technology in the mix, too.

While at Reno's Earth Day celebration, visit Friends' tent for info on wilderness and how you can help keep Nevada wild.

When: Sunday, May 1, 11AM to 4PM

Where: Idlewild Park, Reno    (Google map)

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Wilderness stewardship trips

Soldier Meadows stewardship trip, POSTPONED by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management has, again, postponed the planned Soldier Meadows stewardship trip for reasons of “poor site conditions and projected inclement weather.” Friends will re-post this trip if it is rescheduled for a future date. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our dedicated volunteers.

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Spring Monitor Training, April 16-17

Friends is providing boots-on-the-ground support to the BLM and Desert Research Institute, gathering baseline data on springs throughout the Black Rock National Conservation Area. Spend the weekend with DRI professor Don Sada, as we learn how to measure the health of desert springs. This will help the BLM make the right management decisions to keep these springs resilient in the face of climate change and other uncertainties.

photo: DRI's Don Sada training volunteers (c) Brian Beffort
DRI's Don Sada training volunteers (c) Brian Beffort

You’ll return from this weekend armed with the skills and equipment to venture out on your own (or with others) to monitor additional springs in the future — a great opportunity to hike and explore while performing a valuable service to the plants and wildlife of the Black Rock.

We’ll start at 9am Saturday at the Gerlach Community Center for a few hours of classroom training, then head toward our camp at Soldier Meadows, practicing our newly acquired skills at springs along the way.

Lunch Saturday will be provided by Friends of the Black Rock-High Rock. Bring something to share for the Saturday night potluck at Soldier Meadows. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Please also bring your own snacks, drinks of choice, and lunch on Sunday.

To RSVP, call (775) 324-7667 or click here to email Brian.

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More volunteer projects and events

Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up lots of fun opportunities to help your Nevada wildlands heal and prosper. Check out the next several trips and events.


Saturday, April 9   Cow Camp Road Restoration

Stewardship — Help restore a user-created route in the beautiful back country of the Sheep Range.


Saturday, April 16 — Sunday, April 17   Black Rock Desert Spring Training

Stewardship — Learn how to gather data on desert springs, to keep them healthy.


Saturday, April 16   Southern Nevada volunteer picnic

Special event — Volunteer appreciation picnic.
Call (702) 622-0946 for the details.


Saturday, April 30   Weed pull at Corn Creek Station

Stewardship — Join Friends to remove invasive weeds from the Desert National Wildlife Refuge


Tuesday, May 3 — Wednesday, May 4   Training: UNR Cooperative Extension Invasive Weed Class

Stewardship — Two half-day sessions to train volunteers on the "Dirty Dozen" noxious weeds that are problematic in our area.


Thursday, May 5 — Saturday, May 7   Training: USFS Crosscut Saw Training

Stewardship — Volunteers will learn the art and skill of wielding a cross-cut saw. Participants will be certified to buck and clear downed trees.


Saturday, May 7   Spring cleaning in the Spring Mountains NRA

Stewardship — Help beautify the Spring Mountains by removing litter and trash.


Saturday, May 14   Nevada Archaeological Site Stewardship

Stewardship — Learn how to become an archaeological site steward. The class is limited to 15 students. RSVP to Sali Underwood, Site Stewardship Coordinator, via email by May 9. Refer to the flier for more info

This is not a Friends of Nevada Wilderness sponsored training, but we support the effort to protect Nevada's prehistoric artifacts and sites.


Friday, May 20 — Sunday, May 22   Training: Trail Construction and Crew Leaders

Stewardship — Volunteers can choose from a number of training tracks during this weekend facilitated by the Tahoe Rim Trail.


Friday, May 27 — Monday, May 30   Black Rock Rendezvous - learn, work, eat!

Stewardship — Join Friends and other conservation partners for our annual excursion to the Black Rock. Explore the desert, hear talks by local experts, give back to the land on a stewardship project, then taste the winners of our annual Dutch oven cooking contest. Family-friendly event for Memorial Day weekend.


Summer of Sheldon   Several chances to help the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

Stewardship — In the past, we've had fun with the Sheldon Rendezvous. This year, instead of one giant day of restoration, we're giving you multiple opportunities to join us in giving back to the pronghorn, sage grouse and other wildlife on this most-majestic Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Same fun, same great food, multiple opportunities!

Pick one or many dates to join us on the Sheldon:
June 3-5 (Friday to Sunday),
June 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday),
July 22-24 (Friday to Sunday),
August 26-28 (Friday to Sunday).


Contact Friends at (775) 324-7667 or by email for more information or to RSVP for a project.

More projects will be announced as they are scheduled. See later emails and the stewardship events page.