National Trails Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June (June 6, 2020). The purpose of National Trails Day is to highlight all the amazing benefits the National Trail System provides. Our staff, trail crew, and volunteers spend thousands of hours on the ground each year building, restoring, and maintaining the backcountry trails of Nevada. While we have limited projects going on currently, we would like to invite you to take this unprecedented time to evaluate what National Trails Day means to you as the celebration moves online.
For over a decade, a bunch of conservation-minded folks has been descending on the Black Rock Desert for the Black Rock Rendezvous held over the Memorial Day Weekend. With social distancing rules keeping us out of the backcountry, we turned online to continue the tradition virtually. From May 25 -29, we held nightly programming with guest speakers, workshops, and campfire songs. Click the link below and catch up on what you missed or relive the festivities.
With how much time we’ve all been spending indoors, that fresh air feeling is better than ever. Plus, spending time outside leads to so many physical and mental health benefits. For these reasons and more, visitor use has increased dramatically at some public lands locations. Increased use causes increased, lasting impacts. Now is the time to work together and remain mindful about our impacts and the safety of our communities.
In tough times, it's good to have Friends. Tuesday, May 5th, is our opportunity to come together in support of Wild Nevada and the work Friends provides during #GivingTuesdayNow.
Happy Earth Day! 2020 is a particularly special anniversary, Wednesday marks the 50th year of the Earth day movement! That’s half a century of conservation and conscious action toward creating a more sustainable relationship with the environment. Earth Day began as a unified response to our environment in crisis, culminating in 20 million Americans taking to the streets across the nation on April 22, 1970 to protest environmental ignorance, unsustainable practices, and demand a new way forward for our planet.
Earth Day is a time to come together to celebrate the Earth and create a day of action to protect our precious environment! How will you join the movement?
Before you give in to cabin fever and run to the nearest Wilderness Area, think about the small communities who call where we recreate their own backyard.
The Wild Nevada Calendar is seeking photo submissions for the 2021 edition! Friends of Nevada Wilderness is accepting submissions of Nevada wild landscape and wildlife photos for our annual calendar celebrating the beauty and solitude of Wild Nevada. The calendar helps share the story of our wild state and helps support our work protecting and stewarding Nevada's wild places. The Wild Nevada calendar is a great venue to advertise your photographic talents and help protect Nevada’s wild lands. Please share with other photographers who might be interested.
The deadline for submission is June 1, 2020.
We know how frustrating it is to not be able to connect with your favorite Wilderness area or public lands right now. In uncertain times, we remain hopeful and look to our friends for support. Visit our website for online resources to get your virtual connection with nature and learn more about Wilderness and conservation.
On Sunday, March 15th, 14 students joined us for Alternative Spring Break 2020. While our excursion lasted only 36 hours, we sparked a love of public lands and Wilderness that will last much, much longer.
A big round of applause and thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the first anniversary of Massacre Rim WSA’s designation as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. It is important to celebrate victories, and we are grateful for everyone who helped make this one a reality!