What We Do


Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, educating the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and improving the management and restoration of wild lands.


With our awesome volunteers and members, an experienced Board of Directors and a talented staff Friends of Nevada Wilderness keeps Nevada wild in the following ways:

Education & Outreach

Working together with all Nevadans, we find the common ground needed to protect our wildland heritage. We share the values and vision of wilderness with the general public, civic organizations and clubs, land managers and elected officials. You can find us tabling and talking with potential new supporters at community events, trailheads, local businesses, farmer's markets, and more.  Please contact us and we would be delighted to talk with you or your organization as well.

Wilderness Stewardship – Healing the Land

soldier0408_damming-the-dace-2kkuznicki.jpgBecause wilderness areas cannot protect themselves, Friends of Nevada Wilderness works with volunteers on the ground to help monitor and restore these special wild places. Our restoration and monitoring trips combine exploration, camaraderie and rewarding work in Nevada’s beautiful backcountry. To further protect our wild places, we review agency land use plans, travel management plans and other proposals that could affect wilderness. 

1-12-13_NWTD_ra2.jpgAdvocating for Wilderness

We rely on wilderness for healthy air and clean water, and yet lands with wilderness character face new threats every day.  Our members are not only the eyes, ears, and helping hands in wilderness, but the voices of these incredible areas as well, speaking up to ensure deserving areas are protected for future generations.  Friends of Nevada Wilderness works closely with our partners in land management agencies, volunteers out on the ground, elected officials, and many other stakeholders to identify lands with wilderness characteristics and then speak up for them in one united voice to provide the highest level of protection possible.  We are proud to be a bi-partisan organization with supporters from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs that unite for the common cause of Nevada's wilderness.

Identifying Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

We conduct on-the-ground inventories to determine remaining wild areas on Nevada's public lands that may have wilderness characteristics.  This means areas that are at least 5,000 acres, offer opportunities for outstanding solitude, primitive recreation, and appear natural. Other features are important as well, such as wildlife habitat, archaeological values, native plants, water, etc. We have extremely high standards for our inventory process, and work closely with our staff and the agencies to provide only the highest quality data for use in their land management plans.

We welcome you to learn more about our accomplishments, our staff and Board of Directors and our finances.

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