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  • Wild Speaker Series: The Natural History of Tule Springs 11 RSVPs

    Thursday, July 07, 2022 at 07:00 PM
    Zoom

    The Natural History of Tule Springs

    Join Friends for our June Wild Speaker Series: "The Natural History of Tule Springs" on a Zoom call! We will be joined by Park Guide Lauren Parry on a journey through time about one of Nevada's national monuments.

    I'm a new park, nice to meet you!
    It takes a lot of work and dedication to make a new National Park Service unit...now what?  Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument was designated after many years of community support and collaboration in December 2014.  Located along the upper Las Vegas Wash, Tule Springs Fossil Beds protects natural and cultural resources right at the urban interface.  Come learn what set this 22,000+ acre parcel apart from the surrounding Las Vegas Valley and how we are making strides behind the scenes to build our very own urban national monument.
    Lauren Parry is the Park Guide for Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in Las Vegas, NV.  As a paleontologist, she started working for Tule Springs as the Scientists In Parks Guest Scientist in 2020, and transitioned into a permanent position in Fall 2021. Lauren's background as a museum professional, field paleontologist, and environmental educator helps her to assist the park in developing natural resource and educational programming and park planning. She was born and raised in New York City, but feels right at home in Nevada's public lands.

    We'll wrap up with a Q&A session to answer all your questions!  This will be an informative chat for the whole family!

    If you are interested in attending, please register in advance at the Zoom link here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tce2pqjkiG93wqbMVYaEdSMj-LXhWh7EW

     


    Every first Thursday of the month at 7pm, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts. 

  • Volunteer Trail Maintenance #1 (Table Mountain Wilderness!) 7 RSVPs

    Friday, July 15, 2022 at 12:00 PM through July 18, 2022

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew!

    This summer, we need your help to maintain trails in Central Nevada! Maintaining trails keeps access to our Wilderness areas safe and open while minimizing damage to the natural ecosystem. While we are out there, we'll clip back the overgrown brush, saw an opening in any fallen trees, direct water off the trail, and practice sustainable tread repair techniques to get our trails back up to standards. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools needed to get the job done. To find out more about our professional trails program, click here.

    This volunteer event will take place in the beautiful Table Mountain Wilderness! The Table Mountain Wilderness is a gem of central Nevada's mountain ranges and one of the few flat-topped ranges in the Great Basin. These high rolling plateaus contain some of the most extensive aspen stands in the state. Among these forests are open grasslands that offer spectacular views of much of central Nevada and is home to herds of elk, deer, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, and Lahontan cutthroat trout. 


    Volunteer trail maintenance is hard work, but it is also very rewarding and lots of fun. You will leave these projects with a sense of accomplishment, some new skills, and hopefully some new friends! So please, read the info below and RSVP today! 


    Information:

    Difficulty: These projects are some of the most strenuous we offer and may not be appropriate for everyone. They require the ability to hike 5 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with tools, and sometimes move heavy objects. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet many levels. 

    Dates: Friday, July 15- Monday, July 18

    Travel: We will be leaving by noon on Friday in order to drive to the trailhead and set up camp We will be working on the trail on Saturday and Sunday and driving back to Reno on Monday. High Clearance and 4x4 are required to reach the campsite. There are a limited number of spots available in Friends trucks. It would be great if you could stay the whole time, but we understand if your schedule does not allow this and we would love to see you out there for any amount of time you can offer!

    Gear/Clothing: Work clothes: Long sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy work or hiking boots. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. We have plenty of camping gear available for loan if needed. 

    Food: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide delicious group dinners on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast with coffee on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! Volunteers will be required to provide their own dinner on Friday night and lunch/snacks on Saturday and Sunday.

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

     

    RSVP is required to participate

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  • Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Habitat Protection #2 12 RSVPs

    Friday, July 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM through July 24, 2022

    Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Habitat Protection

    ** This event is now full. To be added to the waitlist please email Meg at [email protected] and include your name, the number of attendees, phone number, and email. We will contact you if there are any cancellations!

    Lahontan cutthroat trout are a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. In 1970, they were listed as Endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, but in 1975, the listing was downgraded to Threatened to allow for more flexible management. 


    The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Instant Study Area (ISA) was established in 1973 to ensure the preservation of this threatened species of fish, in its natural habitat and to maximize spawning areas. Interestingly, this is the purest strain of Lahontan Cutthroat that remains (wildlife officials used fish from this population to restock the struggling population at Pyramid Lake and in the Truckee River). To protect the water quality, over 2,000 acres (20 percent of the study area) were fenced to exclude livestock from the stream headwaters. In 2022, we are headed out there to repair some sections of the fence that have been damaged, allowing livestock and horses to enter the area and damage this important habitat. 

    As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We have camping gear available for those who need it. The road to the project area requires 4 wheel drive and high clearance. We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well. 

     

    The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Instant Study Area (ISA) is on part of the ancestral homelands of the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe (Agai Panina Ticutta) and adjacent to their current sovereign territory. The Tribe has played a major role in the protection and ongoing restoration of this fish that holds cultural significance for them. The fish composed a large part of tribal members’ diets and were the focus of many cultural gatherings. Summit Lake is closed to non-tribal members, and tribal members are limited in how many fish they can catch. Currently, Summit Lake is home to the only self-sustaining, robust, lake population of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate: The project involves carrying heavy loads, working with barbed wire, repetitive movements, and using tools such as shovels, wire clippers, fence clippers, and rollers. 

    Location: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Instant Study Area, Mahogany Canyon

    Dates: Friday, July 22nd - Sunday, July 24th

    Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. High Clearance and 4x4 are required to reach the campsite. A limited number of spots available in Friends trucks

    Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!

    Gear/Clothing: Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan 

    More Details: Further details such as daily schedule and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. 

    RSVP is required to participate

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  • Alternative *Summer* Break! 20 RSVPs

    Monday, August 01, 2022 at 09:00 AM through August 05, 2022
    Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

    Friends Of Nevada Wilderness first ever Alternative Summer Break in the Spring Mountains! This trip will begin Monday, August 1 and ends Friday, August 5, 2022. 

    New to the outdoors?  This is a great opportunity to build your confidence in your camping skills, meet new people, and learn more about what it means to be a steward for the wild! For more information about the Alternative Breaks program, please visit our Alternative Breaks page. You can also browse this photo album from our 2022 Alternative Spring Break in Gold Butte National Monument.

     

    Our Alternative Breaks are our flagship stewardship program in Southern Nevada.  Each multi-day experience is completely unique and features guest experts, hands-on stewardship and conservation work, delicious meals, and scrumptious desserts!  This is one of the best ways available to experience camping, hiking, and volunteering in the Spring Mountains, especially if you haven't had many or any opportunities to do so before!

     

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness can loan you a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad, as we introduce you to the Great Outdoors!  We provide meals, including gourmet hot camp dinners and dutch oven desserts nightly.  Friends has all of the tools, protective equipment, and know-how to help you help us help the Spring Mountains this summer.  

     

    We'll have an informational meeting two weeks before we depart to discuss all the nitty-gritty details of what we'll be doing, but here are the basics:

    We will meet at UNLV on August 1 and return there on August 5.  In between we'll be improving trail conditions on the Mud Springs Loop near Lee Canyon, visiting and surveying springs in the Mack's Canyon area of the Spring Mountains, and learning from local experts about the cultural, ecological, and professional aspects of conservation in the Spring Mountains.  

     

    Please contact Peter Sbraccia at [email protected] or (702) 515 5417 with any questions or for more information!  RSVP today, space is limited!

     

    Our Alternative Breaks are funded by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP).  Friends of Nevada Wilderness is proud to partner with the Federal public lands agencies that make up SNAP and manage more than 10 million acres of public lands and water in Southern Nevada to provide conservation and recreational opportunities.  SNAP's “Engaging Communities through Stewardship” project is delivering a continuum of activities, including environmental education programs, stewardship events, and responsible outdoor recreation trainings designed to engage our local community, from childhood into adulthood, in their public lands.  To learn more and get involved visit https://nvpubliclandspartners.org/.

  • Volunteer Trail Maintenance #2 (Arc Dome Wilderness!) 13 RSVPs

    Friday, August 05, 2022 at 12:00 PM through August 08, 2022

    Nevada's Hiking Trails Need Your Help!

    This summer, we need your help to maintain trails in Central Nevada! Maintaining trails keeps access to our Wilderness areas safe and open while minimizing damage to the natural ecosystem. While we are out there, we'll clip back the overgrown brush, saw an opening in any fallen trees, direct water off the trail, and practice sustainable tread repair techniques to get our trails back up to standards. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools needed to get the job done. To find out more about our professional trails program, click here.

    This volunteer event will take place in the beautiful Arc Dome Wilderness! Arc Dome Wilderness contains spectacular, glacier-carved highlands, steep, rugged canyons, a diverse mix of landforms and ecosystems, and some of the best trout streams in Nevada. We will be camped at the amazing Columbine Campground which has stands of trees and running water. 

     

    Volunteer trail maintenance is hard work, but it is also very rewarding and lots of fun. You will leave these projects with a sense of accomplishment, some new skills, and hopefully some new friends! So please, read the info below and RSVP today! 


    Information:

    Difficulty: These projects are some of the most strenuous we offer and may not be appropriate for everyone. They require the ability to hike 5 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with tools, and sometimes move heavy objects. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. There are many roles in trail maintenance and we can usually find ones appropriate to meet everyone's level. 

    Dates: Friday, August 5- Monday, August 8

    Travel: We will be leaving by noon on Friday in order to drive to the trailhead (depending on location) and set up camp before dark. We will be working on the trail on Saturday and Sunday and driving back to Reno on Monday. High Clearance and 4x4 are required to reach the campsite. There are are no more spots available in Friends trucks. It would be great if you could stay the whole time, but we understand if your schedule does not allow this and we would love to see you out there for any amount of time you can offer!

    Gear/Clothing: Work clothes: Long sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy work or hiking boots. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. We have plenty of camping gear available for loan if needed. 

    Food: Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide delicious group dinners on Saturday and Sunday and breakfast with coffee on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! Volunteers will be required to provide their own dinner on Friday night and lunch/snacks on Saturday and Sunday.

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

     

    RSVP is required to participate

    Suggested Packing List 

     

  • Dark Sky Festival 2022 60 RSVPs

    Friday, August 19, 2022 at 03:00 PM through August 20, 2022
    Cedarville, CA

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Where: Cedarville, CA 

    When: August 19th and August 20th

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the BLM Applegate District, and Modoc County Outdoor Recreation and Tourism for a family-friendly weekend filled with fun activities and unbelievable stargazing! We are looking forward to bringing the Dark Sky Festival back this year and you can count on enjoyable and educational dark sky activities on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, all leading up to a star party on Saturday night. 

    August 19th

    4:00pm - Channel your inner Bob Ross for a dark sky painting class led by the talented Jen Rovanpera with the Applegate District BLM. We will meet in the garden at the Country Hearth where you can sip on a beverage of your choice, snack on some appetizers, and enjoy the beautiful ambiance that Cedarville has to offer. Remember, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents!

    7:30pm - Stick around after dinner at the Country Hearth and grab a couple of friends for this year's dark sky trivia! Teams can be anywhere from 1-6 people, and prizes will be out of this world.

     

    August 20th

    10am to 1pm - This year we will be hosting a dark sky science fair, so bring the whole family and a healthy amount of curiousity. The science fair will be held in the garden at the Country Hearth (if you haven't been there, it's really lovely!).

     

    8:30pm - This is the event you've been waiting for! A dark sky star party showcasing the truly spectacular starry skies in the Surprise Valley / Massacre Rim region. Starting at 8:30pm, we will host a star party to take advantage of the amazing stargazing opportunities in that part of the world. Location is still TBD, and will be updated as soon as details are solidified. 

     

    Please visit our Massacre Rim WSA and Dark Sky Sanctuary page for more information on the Sanctuary and places to stay in the Suprise Valley Area.

    Citizen astronomers are welcome! Bring your telescope, your knowledge of the night sky, and your enthusiasm to teach... and learn!

     

  • Santa Rosa Fence Removal 10 RSVPs

    Friday, September 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM through September 18, 2022
    Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness

    Removing Fence Makes Us and the Wildlife Smile!

    Barbed-wire fences fragment wildlife habitat, trap lowing flying birds like the Sage Grouse, and are impassable to the free-roaming Pronghorn Antelope. Join us in the Santa Rosa Range this year to remove unnecessary barbed-wire fence and directly improve wildlife habitat. This project is part of an ongoing fence removal effort in the Santa Rosa Paradise Peak Wilderness. Your work on this project will leave a lasting impact on one of northern Nevada's most beautiful mountain ranges. 

    Worksite with a view!

     

    As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We have camping gear available for those who need it. The road to the project area requires 4 wheel drive and high clearance. We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well. 

    Check out more information about Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness area here!

    Check out photos from 2021 here!


    Information:

    Difficulty: Difficult to Very Strenuous. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 5-10 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with tools and barbed wire, lift and carry heavy objects, and work in warm, sunny weather. 

    Location: Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak Wilderness

    Dates: Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th

    Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but high clearance may be necessary. Limited number of spots available in Friends trucks.

    Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan.

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

     

    RSVP required to participate.

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  • National Public Lands Day 22 RSVPs

    Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:00 PM through September 25, 2022

    National Public Lands Day!

    National Public Lands Day is coming back in full force in 2022! Come out and have a blast with a weekend full of projects, fun, and great food (including a Dutch Oven cook-off)! There will be multiple projects for all skill levels, camping in a beautiful location, and a great community of people. The projects and details are still being planned, but for now, save the date on your calendar, you don't want to miss this one! RSVP and save your spot today!  

     As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites (as long as it's not too wet), but, high clearance may be necessary. We have camping gear available for those who need it.  We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well. 

    Check out photos from last year's National Public Lands Day here!


    Information:

    Difficulty: Easy. There will be projects available for all skill levels and children. Feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns.

    Location: Soldier Meadows

    Dates: Friday, September 23rd - Sunday, September 25th

    Travel: For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites (as long as it's not too wet), but, high clearance may be necessary. This is subject to change

    Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan 

    More Details: Details such as exact camping location, daily schedule, and weather-related factors will be provided to those who have RSVP'd on a date much closer to the project. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

     

    RSVP Required to Participate

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

  • 2022 Mt Rose Native Seed Spreading 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 06:00 PM through December 19, 2022

    Join us in Restoring Mt Rose Wilderness! 

    Spring 2022, volunteers worked hard to remove over 26,000 invasive musk thistle from Mt Rose Wilderness! This fall, we will be heading back into Mt Rose Wilderness to spread native seeds in these recovering riparian areas and help back native plants. We will hike bags of seeds from native grasses and pollinator-friendly plants, spread them across the meadows by hand, and then let nature take them from there. These are fun projects that usually only take half a day to complete, but can make a huge difference in the ongoing restoration efforts. 

    Timing: Seeds are the most successful if spread right before snow or rain, so therefore, we are not setting specific dates at this time. Our timeframe is Late October through mid-December. Those who Register on this page will be notified as soon as possible before we head out (about a week's notice). At that point, you can let us know if you are available to join us. Spots will be limited on those projects. 

    Difficulty: We will hike 2 to 6 miles, partially off-trail, and up and down steep slopes. We will carry no more than 10 lbs of seed each. These projects may not be appropriate for children under 12 years of age. 

    RSVP/Registration: If you are interested in joining us, please register below. We will contact you as soon as possible before a re-seeding project (about a week's notice). Because this is weather-dependent, flexibility in scheduling is necessary, thanks for your understanding. 

    Questions? Contact [email protected] or call our office at 775-324-7667. 

     

    PLEASE NOTE: We are not setting specific dates at this time. Seeds are most successful if spread right before snow or rain, so therefore flexibility in scheduling is necessary

  • Gabbs Valley Mining Claim Marker Removal 12 RSVPs

    Friday, October 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM through October 30, 2022

    Join Us for a Halloween-Themed Mining Claim Marker Knock Down Weekend

    Join us for a fun adventure out to Gabbs Valley WSA and join the hunt for mining claim markers! PVC mining claim markers, that were put up in the 80's and 90's, are a hazard for cavity-dwelling birds and other critters who get stuck in them and, sadly, never make it out. Since the BLM outlawed them in the early 2000's, groups and individuals like ours have been on a statewide scavenger hunt to find the markers and lay them down so that they no longer pose a threat for desert creatures. 

    Campsite views

    As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We have camping gear available for those who need it. The road to the project area may not require 4 wheel drive but will require a higher clearance vehicle. We will have limited space in Friends trucks to transport volunteers.

    Bring your favorite Halloween costume!!

    Check out photos from last year's Mining Claim Marker Knock Down Festival here!


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate. A majority of this project involves hiking off-trail, up and down steep hills to find and knockdown mining claim markers. Expect to hike 5-8 miles.

    Location: Gabbs Valley Wilderness Study Area

    Dates: Friday, October 28th to Sunday, October 30th

    Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but high clearance may be necessary. Limited number of spots available in Friends trucks.

    Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!

    Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear is available for loan.

    More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project.

     

    RSVP is required to participate.

    Suggested Packing List