National Public Lands Day 2020 marked our first volunteer projects since the start of the current pandemic. As expected, it was an awesome day spent on public lands across Nevada. Our Nothern Nevada Stew Crew teamed up with Friends of Black Rock High Rock and Nevada Outdoor School. Our Southern Nevada Team led volunteers on a cleanup of Spirit Mountain Wilderness. Both projects were held on beautiful BLM public lands.
National Wildlife Refuge Week is October 11-17. Observed the second full week of October, the celebration highlights the great network of lands and waters that conserves and protects Americans’ precious wildlife heritage. Nevada has 9 National Wildlife Refuges. Currently, we are seeking to add Wilderness protection to the roadless mountain ranges of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge which house a large population of bighorn sheep, Nevada's state animal. Join us in standing for permanent protection for the Desert Refuge by visiting https://www.dontbombthebighorn.org.
Join online September 5th, 8:00-9:30 pm PDT for a FREE virtual star party! See live images of deep space objects from telescope operators within the Basin and Range Dark Sky Collective!
It’s easy to imagine trail work as hardcore - blazing a path with a saw in one hand and an ax in the other. While ten hours of our day do consist of brushing, sawing, axing, building tread, and miles of hiking, the remaining hours are spent at camp. But there is much more to making a successful trail crew.
We've got some exciting news! After halting our volunteer projects, we are announcing our first volunteer event since early Spring. In-person volunteering is back just in time for National Public Lands Day 2020 (September 26)!
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge dodged a proverbial bullet in July but permanent protection is the only way to save it from the Air Force. In a sneaky move in early July, the Air Force went around the Nevada delegation to Rep Rob Bishop (UT) to get an amendment approved as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would give the military control of the western portion (840,000 acres) of the wildlife refuge.
This summer, our staff, Americorps, and trail crew have been hard at work Keeping Nevada Wild. We have limited our contact with the public, including volunteers, to ensure that we keep our programs safe and servicing Nevada's public lands.
12 wild artists joined us this year for our annual Artown gallery. This year’s “REFUGE” gallery went virtual for the first time and we are so excited to have had the opportunity to share it with so many more people than ever before.
The Wilderness Society released an analysis of the surprise amendment by a member of the Utah delegation to the National Defense Authorization Act. Their analysis follows:
On June 11th, the Senate Armed Services Committee said no to military expansion in Nevada for both the Nellis Test and Training Range and the Fallon Naval Air Station. Both bases would have their current military withdrawal extended for 20 years - but no new expansions. What does this mean to supporters of Nevada's Wildlife Refuges? A small first win on the road to permanent protections. There can (and most likely will) be markups that will go against everything we campaigned for. But there is more you can do to sway Congress.