Friends of Nevada Wilderness Honored by Nevada Conservation League
On September 14, Friends of Nevada Wilderness was honored to receive the Nevada Conservation League’s 2019 Conservation Partner Award for leading efforts to protect the Desert Refuge from further military expansion. According to the Nevada Conservation League, “For several years Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been leading efforts to protect the Desert National Wildlife Refuge from further military expansion. Their continued efforts led to the passage of two resolutions stating the Legislature’s opposition to expansion into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and lands surrounding the Naval Air Station in Fallon.”
Jose Witt, Tim Buchanan, Andy Maggi, ED NCL, State Senator Melanie Schieble at the award presentation
Bureau of Land Management's "National Volunteer Group Excellence Award: In May 2017, the Bureau of Land Management awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness their prestigious "National Volunteer Group Excellence" award stating, "you have made such great strides the past 14 years helping the BLM keep public lands in Nevada beautiful and sustainable. You have helped promote so many great volunteer activities around the Winnemucca District, among many others!" Watch the video of the award ceremony here (33:45).
Outside Las Vegas Foundation's Volunteer Group of the Year Award for Non-Profit Organizations: In October of 2016, at Get Outdoors Nevada Day, the Outside Las Vegas Foundation recognized the community building stewardship program that Friends of Nevada Wilderness has built over the years presenting the Volunteer Group of the Year Award for Non-profit organizations to our southern Nevada staff.
Congressional Record from Senator Harry Reid: In September of 2016, Senator Harry Reid recognized the work of Nevada conservation champion and Friends of Nevada Wilderness' founding Board Member Marge Sill on the Senate Floor. Senator Reid honored Marge's enduring wilderness legacy in the northern Nevada for the past fifty years. Because of their strong partnership, Senator Reid and Marge Sill directly contributed to the designation of 70 wilderness areas in Nevada.
Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award: In August 2016, Friends of Nevada Wilderness' Executive Director, Shaaron Netherton, received Wilburforce's Conservation Leadership award in honor of her continued commitment, leadership, and passion for protecting Nevada's public lands. Since 2000, Shaaron has built Friends of Nevada Wilderness from a staff of one to fourteen, initiated a robust stewardship program, and contributed to the designation of countless Nevada wilderness areas.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Certificate of Volunteer Appreciation: April 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior presented Friends of Nevada Wilderness with a Certificate of Volunteer Appreciation, acknowledging the contribution of Friends of Nevada Wilderness toward the conservation and management of natural resources.
Senator Harry Reid Certificate of Senatorial Recognition: In March of 2014, Senator Harry Reid awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness with a Certificate of Senatorial Recognition to honor Friends of Nevada Wilderness' 30th Anniversary as an organization and our commitment to protecting and preserving wilderness in northern Nevada.
Senator Dean Heller Certificate of Senatorial Recognition: In March of 2014, Senator Dean Heller awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness with a Certificate of Senatorial Recognition to honor Friends of Nevada Wilderness' 30th Anniversary as an organization and our commitment to protecting and preserving wilderness in northern Nevada.
Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Certificate of Appreciation: In August of 2013, the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District Office awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness a Certificate of Appreciation to honor the "hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence in the planning, organizing, and success of the 2013 Black Rock Rendezvous."
Bureau of Land Management's Making a Difference National Volunteer Award: In spring of 2012, Friends of Nevada Wilderness' Stewardship Director, Pat Bruce, received the BLM's prestigious Making a Difference National Volunteer Award. “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 on Nevada's public lands.”
Public Lands Institute's Sponsor of the Year: In October 2012, Friends of Nevada Wilderness was awarded the Sponsor of the Year from the Public Lands Institute for our wilderness restoration and monitoring in southern Nevada.
Department of the Interior's Partner in Conservation Award: In September 2011, Friends of Nevada Wilderness was awarded the Department of Interior’s Partners in Conservation Award jointly from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management for conducting stewardship projects on the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada Generous Leadership - Exemplary Commitment Award: On Philanthropy Day in 2011, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada awarded the Board of Trustees of Friends of Nevada Wilderness with the Generous Leadership award to honor their 100% monetary support.
Golden Pine Cone Award: In November of 2010, Nevada EcoNet awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness the Golden Pine Cone Award for outstanding nonprofit organization in northern Nevada for our work engaging volunteers in wilderness stewardship work and protecting wilderness.
Department of the Interior's Partner in Conservation Award: In 2009, the Department of the Interior awarded Friends of Nevada Wilderness with the Partner in Conservation award to celebrate our work in helping to further the mission of DOI from recruiting and managing a large volunteer force for on-the-ground wilderness stewardship to program support. In 2009, Friends of Nevada Wilderness in partnership with a variety of other organizations helped plan, recruit and manage volunteers for 18 separate projects with the BLM and 2 projects with the Fish and Wildlife Service with over $100,000 on in kind service contributed towards the Department of Interior.
Bob Marshall Award for Group Champion of Wilderness Stewardship: Friends of Nevada Wilderness received the Forest Service’s highest wilderness stewardship award for an organization. This huge achievement was ONLY possible because of the thousands of hours that YOU, our dedicated volunteers give to Nevada’s wild places. This award is given to only one organization each year recognizing exemplary leadership and outstanding accomplishments in wilderness stewardship as well as actively perpetuating high quality wilderness for present and future generations and going the extra mile to preserve the wilderness resource.
Soroptimist International Sierra Nevada Region Certificate of Appreciation: The Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International presented Friends of Nevada Wilderness with a Certificate of Appreciation in April 2008 to recognize Friends of Nevada Wilderness as an organization serving the best interest of women and girls.