Press Releases for Friends of Nevada
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Friends of Nevada Wilderness Thanks President Obama for Gold Butte National Monument - December 28, 2016: Today, President Obama designated Gold Butte as a National Monument. Gold Butte, Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon, is home to countless cultural, historic, and natural wonders that make this area so unique and are now preserved for future generations. For decades, Nevadans have been working to protect the nationally significant cultural, historic, and natural treasures in Gold Butte and today their hard work has paid off.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Comes to Las Vegas - November 10, 2016: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Las Vegas. Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness when they host the fourth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Clark County Library Theater on Friday, November 18th.
Volunteers to Open South Loop Trail in the Spring Mountains - September 20, 2016: On Saturday, September 24, Over 50 volunteers at the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area will join hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans at public land sites across the country to give back to the lands where we play, learn, exercise, and relax in celebration of the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) – the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
Veterans Work to Maintain Trails in Mt. Charleston - July 23, 2016: Friends of Nevada Wilderness is teaming up with Team Red, White, and Blue, a veteran’s group that inspires volunteerism. Together, they will work to maintain important parts of the Bonanza Trail on the north end of the Spring Mountains Range. Volunteers will complete basic trail work that ensures safety for visitors and longevity of the longest trail in the Mt. Charleston area.
Local Volunteers to Celebrate National Trails Day in the Spring Mountains - June 2, 2016: June 4th is National Trails Day, the country’s largest celebration of trails. Friends of Nevada Wilderness, in coordination with the Bristlecone Chapter of Back Country Horsemen, United States Forest Service, and REI, will be celebrating National Trails Day in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Celebrating Citizen Science Day in the Spring Mountains - April 19, 2016: Friends of Nevada Wilderness is kick-starting this year’s Spring Monitoring Program on Citizen Science Day, April 16th 2016. This spring monitoring training is an opportunity for volunteers to get their feet wet in by measuring water resources in Mt. Charleston. U.S. Forest Service Botanist, Jennifer Brickey, will be along for the training to help identify plant species of interest. Learning about the natural resources on our public lands is an ideal way to spend a day recognizing citizen science.
LUSH Cosmetics Hosts "Protect Gold Butte" Event - April 18, 2016: LUSH Cosmetics, an international cosmetics retailer, will be hosting a “Protect Gold Butte” event on April 30th at their Downtown Summerlin store. LUSH Cosmetics is partnering with local non-profit organizations, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Gold Butte, who will be at the event informing attendees about Gold Butte, answering questions, sharing photos, and providing immediate ways for the public to take action to gain permanent protection for Gold Butte. This is a free event open to the general public.
Volunteers Lead Wildfire Recovery Efforts Across Northern Nevada - March 30, 2016: Friends of Nevada Wilderness has begun its northern Nevada stewardship season by partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to conduct critical habitat restoration efforts in four priority areas affected by wildfires. Northern Nevada volunteers have planted well over 4,000 native seedlings and are set to plant more in the Desatoya Wilderness Study Area. The projects are funded by the Dream Tags Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Read the full press release here.
“Quiet recreation” on Nevada’s BLM land generates millions of dollars, supports jobs - March 31, 2016: Communities near Nevada landscapes managed by the Bureau of Land Management benefitted from millions of dollars in spending in 2014 as the result of visitors who came to enjoy non-motorized recreation, such as hiking, hunting, and camping, according to a new study by the independent firm ECONorthwest, “Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014.” The 3.9 million quiet recreation visits to Nevada’s BLM lands generated $168 million in direct spending within 50 miles of the recreation sites. These dollars then circulated through the state economy, resulting in $171 million in employees’ salaries, wages and benefits. Read the press release here.
Wildfire Recovery Efforts Underway Across Northwestern Nevada - March 20, 2016: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will begin its northern Nevada stewardship season by partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM to conduct critical habitat restoration efforts in four priority areas affected by wildfires. Projects will consist of planting native seedlings like bitterbrush and sagebrush in an effort to rehabilitate wildlife habitat and prevent invasive weeds from colonizing. The projects are funded by the Dream Tags Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Read the press release here.
University Students Spend Spring Break in Service to Southern Nevada Public Lands - March 15, 2016: Friends of Nevada Wilderness is partnering with the National Park Service to provide students a unique Spring Break experience at the 6th annual Alternative Spring Break. This multi-day project will provide students a hands-on opportunity to learn land management techniques and the field of natural resources in a fun and rewarding atmosphere and is generously funded by Barrick Gold. Read the press release here.
KEEN Footwear Joins Zappos for Live Monunmental Campaign - July 30, 2015: Hundreds of Southern Nevadans are coming together Thursday, July 30, 2015 to rally for permanent protection of Gold Butte, Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon. Recognizing the desire of the American public to protect the places we all play, Keen launched the Live Monumental tour (#livemonumental) this month to highlight some of these special places (read the press release here).
Wild Speaker Series Highlights Conservation Issues in Southern Nevada - April 1, 2015: Friends of Nevada Wilderness invites the public to attend the “Wild Speaker Series”, a monthly discussion on current conservation issues in Southern Nevada held on the first Thursday of every month in the REI Boca Park Community Room (read press release here).
University Students Give Back to Public Lands During Alternative Spring Break - March 29, 2015: Friends of Nevada Wilderness is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the 5th annual Alternative Spring Break, a four day service learning program designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the environmental sciences and land management fields (read press release here).
Eighth Annual Wilderness Wingding Celebrates Volunteers - December 1, 2014 Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness as we host our eighth annual Wilderness Wingding event to personally thank our supporters, agency partners, and the Northern Nevada outdoor community (read press release here).
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Celebrates 50 Years of the Wilderness Act, Las Vegas - August 28, 2014 Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be hosting a family-friendly picnic to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (read press release here).
Local Art Exhibit to Celebrate 50 Years of Wild Nevada - July 11, 2014: Noteworthy Nevada artists will be featured in a local art exhibit organized by Friends of Nevada Wilderness, 50 Years of Wild Nevada, as part of the 2014 Artown events taking place in Reno throughout the month of July (read press release here).
Restoration Work Begins in Area Affected by Hunter Falls Fire - June 7-10, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness has begun a series of restoration work in the Hunter Creek drainage in Mt. Rose Wilderness, the area recently affected by the Hunter Falls fire. This Saturday, June 7th, and next Tuesday, June 10th, the organization will be leading groups of volunteers to the affected areas to remove hundreds of invasive weeds before they spread to the recently burnt acreage (read press release here).
National Trails Day Comes to Mt. Charleston - June 7, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the only statewide environmental organization dedicated to Nevada’s wild lands, will be celebrating National Trails Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Mt. Charleston Wilderness this Saturday, June 7th (read press release here).
Big Horn Olive Oil Company Challenges Top Chefs in Tapas Night to Benefit Friends - April 1, 2014: Reno business Big Horn Olive Oil Company presents Tapas Night, an evening of gourmet food and drink pairings, live music, and local art on exhibit and for sale held at the Grove. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of Nevada Wilderness. (read press release here).
UNLV Students Give Back to Public Lands During Alternative Spring Break - March 26, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Great Basin Institute, hosted the 4th Annual “Alternative Spring Break” volunteer and educational opportunity for UNLV students last week. Seven UNLV students, along with five volunteers from the public, gave four days and four nights in service to the National Desert Wildlife Refuge – the nation’s largest wildlife refuge in the contiguous United States (read press release here).
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Celebrate 30 Years of Keeping Nevada Wild - March 23, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the only statewide environmental organization dedicated to Nevada’s wild lands, celebrated their 30th Anniversary last Friday. A formal presentation from the Associate Director of the organization, Kurt Kuznicki, highlighted Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ accomplishments over the past 30 years, ending with a formal introduction of representatives from both Senator Heller and Senator Reid’s office. Both representatives of the Nevada Senators presented Senatorial Certificates of Commendation to the organization, honoring their work for Nevada’s wilderness areas.
30 Years of Keeping Nevada Wild: Friends of Nevada Wilderness Celebrates 30th Anniversary - March 21, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the only statewide environmental organization dedicated to Nevada’s wild lands, will be celebrating its 30th birthday later this month. To celebrate, the organization will host an open house at their headquarters featuring live music, guest speakers, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and birthday cake (read the press release).
University Students to Attend Alternative Spring Break - March 16, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Great Basin Institute, is hosting an Alternative Spring Break volunteer and educational opportunity for UNLV students (read the press release).
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Lead Guided Hike for Big Brothers, Big Sisters - February 22, 2014: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will lead a guided hike for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization this Saturday at Galena Forest. This event is part of an ongoing series to reach out to the public about wilderness and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 14-21) —October 12, 2012: Friends of Nevada Wilderness' volunteers and staff to plant 300 native plants at Corn Creek in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in recognition of National Wildlife Refuge Week. (read the press release)
Celebrating a fence-free Sheldon Wildlife Refuge —August 8, 2012: Friends of Nevada Wilderness' volunteers and staff to remove the last of more than 150 miles of fence from pronghorn, sage grouse habitat on August 17-19, 2012. You are invited to help make history! (read the press release)
Volunteers prep Lye Creek campground for youth stewards — June 26, 2012: Volunteers joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness in the Santa Rosa Range to prep Lye Creek campground for youth stewards with Nevada Outdoor School's Summer Adventure Camp II. Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Nevada Outdoor School have teamed up to bringstewardship and education opportunities to northern Nevada youth since 2005. (read the press release)
The Zappos Family and KEEN Footwear tackle trash on Mt. Charleston — June 21, 2012: One hundred volunteers clean up and repaint popular recreation sites. Teams painted 53 picnic table and bench sets, cleaned out 45 public barbecue grills, and removed 15 cubic yards of trash. The volunteers also broke up illegal fire rings, and completed five miles of trail clean-up on the Sawmill and Blue Tree trails. (read the press release)
Friends of Nevada Wilderness partners with The Zappos Family and KEEN Footwear to clean up Mt. Charleston —June 14, 2012: On June 20, over 100 volunteers will be working on five popular recreation areas, picking up litter and repainting heavily used tables and bathrooms, and public-use barbeque grills will be cleaned out and re-painted. (read the press release)
Volunteers battle invasive weeds in Mt. Rose Wilderness— June 14, 2012: Nine volunteers with Friends of Nevada Wilderness attacked two acres of invasive weeds in the Mt. Rose Wilderness this past Saturday. . . . Stewardship Technician Renee Aldrich led the charge against perennial pepperweed and musk thistle along the Hunter Creek drainage. In one day, the team pulled approximately 8,000 plants. (read the press release)
Trail crew begins work on Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail — June 14, 2012: The Nye County Trail Crew with Friends of Nevada Wilderness has started improving Nevada's hiking trails! The team is beginning on the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail and aims to brush out and clean up thirty miles this summer. . . To find out why this is important to Nevada's hikers, ranchers, and hunters. (read the press release)
Pat Bruce receives Making a Difference National Volunteer Award — May 31, 2012: Pat Bruce was honored for his many accomplishments that help make the Black Rock desert a healthier place for plants, animals and people. “It's all the work of the volunteers that make this possible,” said Pat. “I want to accept this award on behalf of everyone who has volunteered in Nevada's public lands.” (read the press release)
Announcing 2012 Black Rock Rendezvous — May 4, 2012:Once again, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is teaming up with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of the Black Rock-High Rock, Nevada Outdoor School and other organizations to explore, celebrate and give back to Northern Nevada's desert treasures. This is your opportunity to participate in lectures, workshops, tours, volunteer restoration projects, and much, much more. (read the press release)
Tackling Tom Basin — April 3, 2012: Volunteers to restore burn area in Nevada — April and May will be busy months for Winnemucca and the surrounding communities as they join together in a concentrated effort to restore areas that were seriously damaged by the 2011 Tom Basin fire out on the Santa Rosa Ranger District in Paradise Valley. There will be several “family-friendly” opportunities for your entire family to get out, enjoy and help the Wild. (read the press release)
Students Spend Spring Break Volunteering in Desert Refuge — March 29, 2012: Students from the University of Nevada, Reno got wild in a different way when they spent their spring break volunteering in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge outside of Las Vegas. Led by Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the team worked to restore and re-naturalize the area for wildlife and people alike. (read the press release)
Students will spend spring break rehabbing Desert Refuge — February 20, 2012: While other college students will be heading off to tan in Cancun, a team of UNR students will be volunteering in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in southern Nevada. The group will be investing their time and energy into maintaining public hiking trails, naturalizing unauthorized vehicle routes, and planting native vegetation. (read the press release)
2011 Wilderness Wingding wows attendees — December 20, 2011: The 5th annual Wilderness Wingding hosted by Friends of Nevada Wilderness at the Grand Sierra Resort on Friday, Dec. 16 was certainly an event to remember. Over 275 people enjoyed delightful nibbles donated by local businesses like Capriotti’s and The Hub Coffee Co. An awards ceremony highlighted volunteers, organizations, and corporations that played a key role during the 2011 field season. (read the press release)
Friends of Nevada Wilderness announces 2011 award winners — December 9, 2011: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be celebrating individuals and organizations who played a special part in our 2011 field season. These awardees will be honored at the Wilderness Wingding at the Grand Sierra Resort in the Tahoe Room. The celebration begins at 6 pm with an awards ceremony at 7 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011. This event is open to the public. (read the press release)
Spend 2011 spring break volunteering in Wild Nevada —February 24, 2011: Spend 5 enjoyable days and 4 glorious nights under the stars in the spectacular wilderness just north of Vegas. Stewardship work will consist of pulling out barbed wire and fence posts, rolling up barbed wire strands and possibly hiking some of the material out. (read the press release)
Volunteers sizzle on National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte, Nevada — September 28, 2010: Volunteers built up a lot of sweat equity in Nevada’s natural resources on Sept. 25, 2010 for National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte, Nevada. In triple-degree 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. (read the press release)
Seeking the right balance — wildlife and wild horses in Nevada — January 14, 2010: Maintaining wilderness values means helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem for all our native plants and animals. ... When horse numbers reach unsustainable levels, the health of our sagebrush community suffers along with our native wildlife. But just as importantly, the horses themselves suffer. ... Wild horses have a place on the land just like Nevada’s wildlife does. Together, we must find the right balance to protect the land and the animals that depend on it for the future. (read the press release)
Patagonia Reno to award $5,000 to local groups —September 18, 2009: You can help Friends of Nevada Wilderness by casting your ballot for us at Patagonia's Reno outlet store's "Voice Your Choice" campaign. It is free to participate, and you get to help Patagonia decide how they divvy up 5,000 in grant money ... (read the press release)
Fletcher Canyon graffiti removal success — September 17, 2009: Beautiful Fletcher Canyon in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness was recently marred by vandals who painted black and white graffiti on canyon walls. With spray bottles of graffiti remover and a lot of elbow grease, three volunteers working with Friends of Nevada Wilderness removed this blight from the canyon on September 16th ... (read the press release)
Economic Stimulus funds to help Nevada forests — July 28, 2009: The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). About 3 million has been allocated for a wide range of projects including trail improvements at Mt Rose, the Spring Mountains, and at wild places in Nye and Lander counties ... (read the press release)
Friends signs Forest Service trails and stewardship agreement — July 23, 2009: Friends of Nevada Wilderness signed an agreement with the Forest Service to "work together to improve wilderness stewardship of the Alta Toquima and Table Mountain Wildernesses in central Nevada." (read the full story)
Sheldon Rendezvous volunteer stewardship project a huge success — June 24, 2009: More than 60 volunteers teamed up with the US Fish & Wildlife Service to improve habitat for pronghorn antelope and other wildlife on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. In eight separate work projects, volunteers removed about 10 miles of unnecessary barbed-wire fence that threatened wildlife ... (read the full story)
Sheldon Rendezvous volunteers set to give back to Nevada’s wild heritage. — June 3, 2009: People who love the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge are gathering for a fun filled weekend to labor for wildlife. On June 20th, volunteers will help the refuge by removing unneeded barbed wire fencing near Big Springs and Catnip Reservoirs ... (read the full story)
Friends of Nevada Wilderness receives the FS Bob Marshall Award — September 9, 2008: The U.S. Forest Service has awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness the national Bob Marshall Award for Group Championship of Wilderness Stewardship. Only one organization each year receives this award which recognizes exemplary leadership and outstanding accomplishments in wilderness stewardship and going the extra mile to keep these special places wild for the future ... (read the full story)
Forest Service announces Friends of Nevada Wilderness to receive the FS Bob Marshall Award — September 5, 2008: Friends of Nevada Wilderness is honored to receive the national Bob Marshall Award as Champions of Wilderness Stewardship. Winning this award was made possible "because of the dedication of our volunteers and the great partnership we have with the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest," said Shaaron Netherton, Executive Director of the Friends of Nevada Wilderness ... (read the full story)
Poll Shows Broad Support for Protecting Gold Butte Area— June 5, 2008: A recent poll of Clark County voters found broad, robust support for permanent protection of public lands in the Gold Butte region. Republicans, Democrats and three-quarters of self-identified off-road vehicle users also support these protections ... (read the full story)