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, childrens 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
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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).
(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
(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 http://www.mephotoman.com/
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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
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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.
DRI's Don Sada training volunteers (c) Brian Beffort
Youll 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.
Well 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
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
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.
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,
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.