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  • Celebrate 🎂🌍Earth🌏Day🌎🎂 21 at Wee Thump 16 RSVPs

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Wee Thump Wilderness Area in Searchlight, NV

    Celebrate Earth Day 2021 by joining our Volunteer restoration event at Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness!

    Are you interested in conservation, science, and helping to maintain sustainable access to nature? Join us on Thursday, April 22 for a day of giving back to our public lands among the majestic and ancient Joshua Trees of Wee Thump Wilderness.  Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness, situated in the heart of ancestral Southern Paiute, 'Aha Makhav, and Chemehuevi lands, is home to one of - if not the - most impressive old growth Joshua Tree forests in the world.  The largest of these elder trees reach over 30 feet skyward, providing shelter for species like the Great Horned Owl.  Estimates based on the growth rates of Joshua Trees place the most ancient members of the Wee Thump forest at over 700 years old!  In fact, the name Wee Thump can be translated as "Ancient Ones" in the language of the Southern Paiute.  This area has been recognized for it's special beauty for millennia by the people of the region, join us in celebrating Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness this Earth Day.

     

    Join us for a day of stewardship and learning as we restore damage from vehicle incursions and better define a parking area - improving access and sustainable recreation opportunities for all who enjoy Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness' enchanting forest.  We'll also discuss ways to promote positive change and responsible recreation in our delicate desert ecosystems!

    What We'll Be Doing: Repairing and restoring land damaged by vehicles travelling off designated routes and installing signs to inform recreationists that the area is under restoration and off-limits to vehicle use.   This work will involve decompacting soils compressed by tires, planting "dead and down" plant material to disguise denuded areas, and "pitting" in decompacted areas to allow for water and seed infiltration.  In time, nature will take the lead and use the ingredients of our stewardship to heal the scars of vehicle use.  We will also take time to explore and visit with the ancient wonder that is Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness.  

    Why Are We Doing That? Off-route driving is prohibited around Wee Thump Wilderness and vehicle use is forbidden within the boundaries of any Wilderness Area.  Ample designated routes provide access to the surrounding area and the complete perimeter of Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness - it is important to remove and restore damage caused by illegal routes to stop them from becoming permanent sources of erosion and illegal off-route use.  Illegal use has a negative effect on all forms of recreation in Wilderness Areas. Restoring damaged areas, disguising or eliminating illegal routes, and installing signage helps maintain access for safe, responsible, and sustainable enjoyment by hikers, campers, RV enthusiasts, OHV riders, and casual visitors to this truly invaluable landscape. 

    What to wear?   Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants - many of the plants we will encounter are pointy.  A hat is recommended, as are sunglasses and comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dusty in.  If you have your own work gloves, you may bring them as well.  

    Things To Know Before You Go: The world is a wild place, and we're all wild at heart - but please, remember to be respectful of the people and places we are working with.  We will be following Covid-19 precautions on site throughout the day.  This includes the mask mandate on Federal Lands - a face covering will be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.  During much of work day, social distancing may not be possible.  Please wear a mask and respect others' personal space.  Please do not attend if you are unable to comply with face covering requirements, are feeling sick, or exhibiting symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection in the 48 hours before the project. 

    RSVP today, spaces are limited!  

    Contact [email protected] for more information.  

  • The Art of Birding: From Earth Day to Migratory Bird Day 4 RSVPs

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 06:00 PM
    in Las Vegas, NV

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    The Art of Birding: From Earth Day to Migratory Bird Day

    Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be hosting a special event on Earth Day 2021 with our friends at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Join Ranger Josh of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Sara Wolman, Visual Information Specialist of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the 2021 World Migratory Bird Day Artist as they discuss what it means to be an artist working in conservation, the importance of protecting migratory birds, and how both the Desert NWR and Arctic NWR have more in common than some might think. This will be an educational presentation to get the public ready for World Migratory Bird Day.

    World Migratory Bird Day is observed twice a year during the second Saturday in May and again on the second Saturday in October. The goal is to raise awareness of issues affecting migratory birds and to inspire action around the world to take measures for their conservation. The next World Migratory Bird Day is May 8th. We hope you will get outside and practice the art of birding then and any other time you feel so inspired! 

    Please register in advance for this webinar!


    The Art of Birding: From Earth Day to Migratory Bird Day

    Hi there,

    You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
    When: Apr 22, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    Topic: The Art of Birding: From Earth Day to Migratory Bird Day

    Register in advance for this webinar:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zgDs0gObTEu7fPg9DXN4cw


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

     


     

  • Earth Week 🌎🌍🌏 Mormon Well Road Restoration

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 09:00 AM
    Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Corn Creek, NV

    Earth Week 🌎🌍🌏 Saturday Stewardship Celebration!!

    Join Friends and our amazing partners at Knit Studios and the Fish and Wildlife Service to restore damage caused by off-route driving and unpermitted camping along Mormon Well Road in Desert National Wildlife Refuge.  Nah'gah Kai, as the Sheep Range and DNWR are known to the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute), is not only an expansive landscape of limestone peaks, hidden forests, cacti and washes, but is central to the creation stories and histories of the Nuwuvi and ancestral people of the Mojave and Great Basin.  The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the contiguous United States, and is home to one of the largest herds of desert bighorn sheep in the world.  

    We thank you for sharing a Saturday with us on the Refuge to help preserve the natural splendor of this desert jewel for generations to come.  During the rush to outdoor recreation at the beginning of the pandemic the DNWR was hit hard in many areas.  This has left a situation where unpermitted camping, shooting, and driving have proliferated along some of the more accessible roads.  Waste including garbage and feces, as well as severe damage to Joshua Trees and other native flora, and vehicle damage have occurred.  

    On Saturday April 24 we will meet at the Corn Creek Visitor Center at Desert National Wildlife Refuge at 9:00am.  From there we will carpool and caravan to the work site, about 4 miles away on a graded but bumpy dirt road - a high clearance vehicle is required.

    What are we doing?  We will spend the day restoring vehicle damage, installing post and cable barriers, discussing ways people can responsibly recreate and Leave No Trace while leaving areas better than we found them!  

    What to wear?   Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants - many of the plants we will encounter are pointy.  A hat is recommended, as are sunglasses and comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dusty in.  If you have your own work gloves, you may bring them as well.  

    Things To Know Before You Go: The world is a wild place, and we're all wild at heart - but please, remember to be respectful of the people and places we are working with.  We will be following Covid-19 precautions on site throughout the day.  This includes the mask mandate on Federal Lands - a face covering will be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.  During much of work day, social distancing may not be possible.  Please wear a mask and respect others' personal space.  Please do not attend if you are unable to comply with face covering requirements, are feeling sick, or exhibiting symptoms consistent with a coronavirus infection in the 48 hours before the project. 

    RSVP today, spaces are limited!  

    Contact [email protected] for more information.  

  • Great Community Clean Up 2021! 10 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 01, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Kick off the Spring by Volunteering in Mt Rose Wilderness!  

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness in partnership with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) for their annual event, the Great Community Clean Up! This fun and rewarding project provides the opportunity to directly benefit the Wilderness by removing invasive plants from the Mt. Rose Wilderness. Using shovels, we will work to reduce the population of the invasive Musk Thistle. Invasive plants have many negative impacts on the native environment. They out-compete native plants for resources, increase soil erosion, damage important wildlife habitats, and increase fire danger. The work is rewarding and you get to experience some truly beautiful country, all right next to Reno. From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness, partially off-trail. Join us for a great outing into our Public Lands and RSVP today!

    *This project is not appropriate for children under 12 years old. Parent/Guardian must be present with anyone under 18 years old.

     

    Time: May 1st, 2021; 8 am -12 pm (arrive 30 minutes early to sign-in and get supplies ready) 

    Location: Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Required Items: Sturdy shoes (no sandals!), long pants, long-sleeves, 1-2 liters of water

    Provided by FNW: Tools, leather gloves 

     

    RSVP required to participate. 

    For more info on the Great Community Clean Up: Click Here

    In addition to our usual safety measures, we are currently requiring volunteers to follow these COVID guidelines

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #2 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, May 08, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #3 3 RSVPs

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #4

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to participate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Hunter Creek Trail Maintenance - National Trails Day 2021

    Wednesday, June 02, 2021 at 07:30 AM
    Hunter Creek Trail, Reno NV

    The Hunter Creek Trail is one of the most loved and most-used trails in the Reno area. Because of this, it is also one of the most impacted areas in the Mt Rose Wilderness. Join us in giving back to Reno's backyard wilderness by maintaining sections of the hiking trail with our Trail Crew Leader Tara and Associate Director/Trails Program Manager, Kurt. The work will include cutting back overgrown vegetation, repairing eroded or damaged areas of the trail, and restoring non-trail areas damaged by overuse. It's going to be a fun day of volunteering with great people and rewarding results. RSVP today! 

     

     


    Information

    Difficulty: Strenuous. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 6 miles with a backpack, work with tools, sometimes move objects, and repeated motions. 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 most people's level. 

    What to wear/bring: Long pants, long sleeves, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a mask are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch. FNW will provide gloves, hardhats, tools, and all the necessary training. 

    Time: We will begin work at 7:30 am and go until mid-afternoon. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and get your tools. 

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

    Contact Info: Please email or call with any questions or for further details: Chris@NevadaWilderness.org and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    RSVP is required to participate. Spots are limited. 

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.

     

  • Wilderness Weed Warriors #5

    Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). From the trailhead, we will hike 1-3 miles into the Mt.Rose Wilderness. 

    Mt. Rose Wilderness is a beautiful piece of nature right on the edge of Reno! Make a difference this spring and join us by removing invasive plants. Invasive plants upset the delicate balance of nature by outcompeting native plants, reducing wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, and increasing fire danger. This project is a fun and rewarding way to make a difference while spending the morning in a beautiful place! 

    Please wear long pants, a face mask, long-sleeves, and closed-toed shoes. Bring at least 2 liters of water (1 liter = approx. 2 typical size water bottles), sunscreen, and a lunch/snacks.

     

    RSVP required to particpate

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here

  • Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! 7 RSVPs

    Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 13, 2021
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness Office, Sparks, NV

    Knock knock

    --Who's there? 

    Thistle

    --Thistle who? 

    Thistle make you laugh.

     

    It's time again for the Santa Rosa Bull Thistle Extravaganza! Join us in Falls Canyon on the western slopes of the Santa-Rosa Paradise-Peak Wilderness. We will be hiking up the canyon and removing the invasive Bull Thistle as we go. How far we hike will depend on the number of Thistle we find, however, I would estimate we'll hike around 6 miles total. There will be food provided by FNW, fun and laughter, beautiful scenery, and meaningful work. So what are you waiting for? RSVP today! 

    The campsite is at the trailhead and can be reached without 4-wheel drive but higher clearance is necessary. We will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday evening, water, and we can loan you any camping gear you may need. Feel free to contact Chris Cutshaw, Stewardship Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions or additional details.

     

    Mountains of Falls Canyon at Sunset


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike up to 8 miles a day with a heavy pack, work with shovels, and work in warm, sunny weather. Having said that, feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night along with breakfasts and coffee. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and dinner Friday night. 

    Driving: At this time, FNW is not offering rides in our vehicles due to COVID safety concerns. For this project, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to reach the campsites, but, high clearance may be necessary. 

    Specific 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. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call Chris Cutshaw with any questions or for further details. He can be reached at [email protected] and our office phone number: 775-324-7667. 

     

    For a recommended packing list, click here.

    In addition to our normal safety procedures, we are asking volunteers to follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines that can be found here.