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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 groupsSeptember 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 successSeptember 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 forestsJuly 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 agreementJuly 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 successJune 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 AwardSeptember 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 AreaJune 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)


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