June 30, 2011
As you get ready to celebrate the 4th of July, I'd like you to
remember all the people over the centuries that have fought for our wonderful country.
The struggle to keep this land great continues in many ways including the work of our
volunteers to keep our Nevada wild lands healthy and beautiful for the future. Thank
you all for your donations of time, wisdom and funds to make these successes possible.
Spectacular Sheldon: June 24 - 26
Sheldon volunteers removed 3 miles of old barbed-wire fence
(c) Brian Beffort
Your support for Friends of Nevada Wilderness has translated
to great accomplishments on the ground and a host of satisfied volunteers, as Friends'
Summer of Sheldon began with a spectacular weekend, June 24-26. Thirty volunteers
joined forces to free the wildlife refuge from its burden of obsolete barbed-wire
fence — a legacy from cattle grazing, which was removed from the Sheldon
(on the Oregon border in NW Nevada) in the mid-1990s.
The stars aligned beautifully in every way for the weekend:
wildflowers were blooming enthusiastically, and the altitude (about 6,000 feet)
helped make sure the weather didn't get too hot, as volunteers removed more than 3
miles of fence from important pronghorn habitat.
Saturday evening, Badger Camp provided perfect ambiance for dinner
and socializing, fed by Sheena Britschgi's wonderful Dutch-oven jambalaya.
Not only is Sheena a champion Dutch-oven chef, she's also a wild barbed-wire roller (c) Brian Beffort
Volunteers at Summer of Sheldon, June 24-26 (c) Brian Beffort
The Summer of Sheldon will continue on July 22-24 and August
26-28, as Friends again provides easy ways for you to explore Wild Nevada with like-minded,
wonderful people, while giving back to your wild public lands and the wildlife that need
your help. Contact Sheena to RSVP now — (775) 324-7667 or
by email. The trips are free, but space is limited.
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KEEN and Zappos improve the Mt Charleston experience
KEEN and the "Zappos family" joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness
to celebrate and help Earth on June 21, 2011.
KEEN/Zappos volunteers group shot, June 2000 (c) Kurt Kuznicki
100 enthusiastic volunteers cleaned out fire pits
and painted all the picnic grills and picnic tables in the Old Mill and Foxtail
recreation areas. They also installed 10 drainage structures to make the road to
Blue Tree Trail more resistant to rain runoff.
The crew was amazed at the amount of use
and amount of garbage the area receives.
James Curleigh, CEO of KEEN Footwear, summed it up perfectly:
For us to connect the outdoor experience with our team, . . . its a natural fit.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is pleased to team up with the great
folk at KEEN and Zappos to keep Nevada's wild places clean, healthy and thriving. If your
company or group is looking for a way to help keep Nevada Wild, give Friends a call at
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Pine Forest Range edges closer to becoming wilderness
On Monday, June 20, the Humboldt County Commission reviewed
the draft wilderness legislation and map for this beautiful area and, again, unanimously
voted to support protection for this Nevada treasure. We anticipate the bill could be
introduced in Congress any day now. Member donations helped make this possible!
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Young volunteers helping Mt Rose Wilderness
I get to spend a lot of time in the backcountry, tromping around
Nevada's lesser-known, remote canyons, and sometimes I take for granted the places that
are just outside my backdoor. I got my regularly-scheduled reality check
recently when I took a small group of soon-to-be UNR students out onto the Hunter
Creek Trail for some relaxation, camaraderie and of course, thistle pulling.
Young volunteers removing invasive thistle plants from Mt Rose Wilderness (c) Wes Hoskins
The Dean's Future Scholars
program aims to help first-generation college students succeed in being the first person from
their family to graduate from an University. Service-learning is a part of this program, and
Friends partners with a number of UNR programs to satisfy students' service-learning
The inspiring thing about these kids was that even though they were
unsure of what to expect, they truly wanted to be there, hiking an exposed trail in the
June heat, and pulling weeds down by the creek. This is an essential, albeit unglamorous,
part of the work we do.
Betty, a volunteer attending Reed High in Sparks, was
jubilant about this place in the Mt Rose Wilderness, and her perspective really
made me appreciate the part I get to play in this organization.
These enthusiastic, young volunteers made a difference for
in Mt Rose Wilderness (c) Wes Hoskins
Our goal above all others is to get people connected to the land in
a way they may not experience in their everyday lives. On this trip, the volunteers
were the ones who made me reconnect and refresh my perspective of this awesome place so
close to home.
Want to get out on a trail farther from home? Our
Santa Rosa Backpack is full, but we will be hosting a two-night backpack in the
Table Mountain Wilderness, July 22 through 25. Come on out, no weed-pulling necessary.
Forest Projects Coordinator
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Black Rock Rendezvous: May 27 - 30
Wind, rain, and mud didnt deter wilderness warriors in the Black Rock Desert this Memorial Day weekend during the seventh annual Black Rock Rendezvous.
Over 100 participants from Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School, and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock gathered at the Black Rock National Conservation Area for a weekend of work, speakers, and Dutch oven delights!
Before and after comparison of dune at Mormon Dan (c) Brian Beffort
One team built more than 30 yards of buck-and-rail fence to protect sensitive dune habitat. A few miles away in the Calico Mountains, another group of volunteers erased the traces of three illegal off-roading routes.
Kids in field and spring-monitoring class in progress (c) Brian Beffort
Nevada Outdoor School led a kids' nature hike. Meanwhile, the grownups learned how to characterize springs — data that will improve management of the entire region. Volunteers then collected data on three springs.
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up lots of fun opportunities
to help your Nevada wildlands heal and prosper. Here are the next several events.
Summer of Sheldon: Two chances remain to help the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge this summer
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,
Here are the remaining dates:
July 22-24 (Friday to Sunday),
August 26-28 (Friday to Sunday).
Friday, July 22 — Monday, July 25 Mosquito Creek Backpack Table Mountain Wilderness
Stewardship — Join Wes for a long weekend backpack and
inventory in the beautiful Table Mountain Wilderness area. Backpacking experience required.
Friday, August 12 — Monday, August 15 Barley Creek Trail maintenance trip,
Table Mountain Wilderness
Stewardship — Clear and maintain the Barley Creek Trail
to help it recover from the long winter and general use.
Saturday, August 13 Hunter Creek trash removal, Mt Rose Wilderness
Stewardship — Remove an illegal structure and trash near
Hunter Creek Road in the Mt Rose Wilderness. This one-day event is the perfect opportunity
for Reno-area volunteers who can't get away for a three-day weekend.
Friday, August 19 — Sunday, August 21 North Black Rock Range Wilderness - fence removal project
Stewardship — Help this final push to remove the last of an old, down,
ugly and dangerous fence from the wild-and-scenic North Black Rock Range.
Friday, August 26 — Sunday, August 28 Santa Rosa Wilderness stewardship project
Stewardship — Details for this project are yet to be finalized. One thing
for sure, it includes a trip to a beautiful part of Wild Nevada.
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.