September 22, 2011
Friends wins the Partners in Conservation Award
Friends' staffers: Jose Witt, Sheena Britschgi and Shaaron Netherton with Secretary Salazar (center) and agency partners Angelina Yost and Sendi Kalcic (c) unknown photographer
Friends of Nevada Wilderness was awarded the prestigious Department
of Interior's Partners in Conservation Award in Washington DC on Wednesday, September 21.
This award was granted to Friends for on-the-ground volunteer stewardship projects
that helped wildlands and wildlife habitat on both the Desert National Wildlife Refuge
and BLM lands in Nevada. Accepting the award in DC was Shaaron Netherton, Jose Witt,
Sheena Britschgi and our refuge partner Angelina Yost and BLM partner Sendi Kalcic.
Our interagency partnership in Southern Nevada is a model for the entire country, and
"we are excited to be making a difference for wilderness," says Kurt Kuznicki, Friends'
Southern Nevada Director, who could not attend the ceremony because of knee surgery.
We enjoyed a great reception at the beautiful Eisenhower Executive
Office Building near the White House, including a cake with the Presidential seal.
Following the reception, we met with Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, at the Interior
Building for the official award program. It was an honor to be recognized nationally
for all the great work that our volunteers do in Nevada. "This award is for all of you,"
says Shaaron Netherton, Friends' Executive Director.
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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.
Friday, September 23 — Sunday, September 25 National Public Lands Day
in the Santa Rosa Wilderness
Stewardship — Contact Wes at (775) 762-6730 or
(775) 324-7667 or send Wes an email for all
the details of this trip to a beautiful part of Wild Nevada — just an hour's drive
north of Winnemucca.
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.