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To find out what it's like on a Friends of Nevada Wilderness stewardship trip, visit our Volunteer Info page!


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For a list of all Projects and Events, please read below

 

  • 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! 9 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/.

  • Central Nevada Volunteer Trail Crew #2 9 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.

    While the exact location of this project is TBD, we do know that we'll be in either Arc Dome Wilderness or Table Mountain Wilderness. The National Forest will be doing construction on some campgrounds this summer, and we won't know their schedule until 30 days prior. This page will be updated and emails will go out to participants once we know the exact location. Arc Dome Wilderness "contains a spectacular, glacier-carved highlands, steep, rugged canyons, a diverse mix of landforms and ecosystems, and some of the best trout streams in Nevada." Table Mountain Wilderness, just a couple ranges over, "contains some of the most extensive aspen stands in the state."

    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 10 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 the 3.5-5.5 hours 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 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. Camping gear is available for loan.

    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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  • Dark Sky Festival 2022 51 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 while we are still finalizing events and location details, 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. 

    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 7 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.

    Suggested Packing List 

  • National Public Lands Day 15 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.

  • 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

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

     

    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