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

 

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #1 - Arc Dome Wilderness 4 RSVPs

    Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 24, 2021

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting six volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail (towards the Southeast corner of the Wilderness), and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

    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, 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: June 18-25. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Friday (6/18) through Friday (6/25). We will be leaving Reno Friday mid-day and starting work on Saturday, the following Friday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, 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! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering some group meals. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night and a Taco Tuesday dinner on Tuesday. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and breakfast. We will be providing coffee every morning! 

    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 campsite, but, we will let you know if that changes. 

    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 date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

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

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    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 #6

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 08:00 AM
    Hunter Creek Trailhead

    This is the final (and farthest) Weed Warriors of the year! 

    Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map). This project will involve hiking past the waterfall at the end of the Hunter Creek Trail, with shovels, and removing the invasive Musk Thistle! This will equal about 6 miles of hiking, plus the project work. 

    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


    Information:

    Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. This project may not be appropriate for children under 16 years old. The project requires the ability to hike up to 7 miles, work with full-sized shovels, hike off-trail on steep slopes, and work in hot, sunny weather. Feel free to reach out to us and discuss the difficulty of the project if you have any concerns. 

    What to Wear/Bring: Face mask, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy, closed-toed shoes are required. Bring a backpack with 3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, & sunscreen. 

    Location: Meet at the Hunter Creek Trailhead (map)

    Specific 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. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

    Contact Info: Please email or call our Stewardship Staff (Nora Richter or Chris Cutshaw) with any questions or for further details. They 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.

  • Seeds of Success #1 (Native Seed Collection) 3 RSVPs

    Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM through June 27, 2021
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness Office, Sparks, NV

    Help us collect native seeds to be used in restoration efforts! Seeds of Success (SOS) is a native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with numerous federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting native ecosystems.

    The species being collected are recognized by ecologists as the foundation of healthy Great Basin plant communities. If enough native seeds are collected, they can be used in large-scale restoration efforts to increase resilience against invasive species and slow wildfire cycles that imperil our sagebrush ecosystems. Currently, the commercially available seeds are sourced from outside the Great Basin in areas that have different microclimates than Nevada. Although they're technically the same species, these seeds have a lower probability of taking hold in Nevada than seeds collected from our area. Locally-adapted seed has a much better chance of surviving because it’s from the exact elevation, climate, and precipitation zones from which it’s going back into the ground. That is why these seed collection efforts are so important. We are really excited to offer this volunteer opportunity and be a part of this program. RSVP before spots fill up!

    The location of this project will be announced in the week leading up to the project date, so some flexibility will be required. Seed scouting teams will be working throughout northwest Nevada and will let us know which populations are ready to collect in the week leading up to this project. We will be working on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning. FNW will provide gloves, tools, and some food: breakfasts Saturday and Sunday and dinner Saturday night. We have plenty of camping gear if you need to borrow anything. At this time, we are not providing rides in our vehicles. Most likely, a higher clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle will be necessary. 

     

    RSVP required to participate


    Information:

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 2-4 miles a day with a backpack, repetitive bending over, and work in warm, sunny weather. 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 may be required to reach the campsite and work areas. More details will be provided closer to the project date

    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.

     

     

  • Santa Rosa Range - Fence Removal #1 12 RSVPs

    Friday, July 09, 2021 at 12:00 PM through July 11, 2021

    Improve Wildlife Habitat!

    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. 

    Volunteers on 2019 Fence Removal Project

    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. At this time we are not providing rides in our vehicles. The road to the project area may not require 4 wheel drive but will require a higher clearance vehicle. Email [email protected] with any questions and for more details. RSVP today!

    Fence material removed by volunteers in 2019


    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. 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 campsite, 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.

     

  • Seeds of Success #2 (Native Seed Collection) 3 RSVPs

    Friday, July 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM through July 18, 2021
    Friends of Nevada Wilderness Office, Sparks, NV

    Help us collect native seeds to be used in restoration efforts! Seeds of Success (SOS) is a native seed collection program, led by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with numerous federal agencies and non-federal organizations. The mission is to increase the quality and quantity of native plant materials available for restoring and supporting native ecosystems.

    The species being collected are recognized by ecologists as the foundation of healthy Great Basin plant communities. If enough native seeds are collected, they can be used in large-scale restoration efforts to increase resilience against invasive species and slow wildfire cycles that imperil our sagebrush ecosystems. Currently, the commercially available seeds are sourced from outside the Great Basin in areas that have different microclimates than Nevada. Although they're technically the same species, these seeds have a lower probability of taking hold in Nevada than seeds collected from our area. Locally-adapted seed has a much better chance of surviving because it’s from the exact elevation, climate, and precipitation zones from which it’s going back into the ground. That is why these seed collection efforts are so important. We are really excited to offer this volunteer opportunity and be a part of this program. RSVP before spots fill up!

     

    The location of this project will be announced in the week leading up to the project date, so some flexibility will be required. Seed scouting teams will be working throughout northwest Nevada and will let us know which populations are ready to collect in the week leading up to this project. We will be working on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning. FNW will provide gloves, tools, and some food: breakfasts Saturday and Sunday and dinner Saturday night. We have plenty of camping gear if you need to borrow anything. At this time, we are not providing rides in our vehicles. Most likely, a higher clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle will be necessary. 


    Information:

    Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. It may not be appropriate for everyone. Requires the ability to hike 2-4 miles a day with a backpack, repetitive bending over, and work in warm, sunny weather. 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 may be required to reach the campsite and work areas. More details will be provided closer to the project date

    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.

     

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #2 - Arc Dome Wilderness 2 RSVPs

    Friday, July 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM through July 27, 2021

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting six volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail (towards the Southeast corner of the Wilderness), and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

    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, 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: July 23-27. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Friday (7/23) through Tuesday (7/27). We will be leaving Reno Friday mid-day and starting work on Saturday, the following Tuesday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, 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! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: For this project, yes! we will be offering one group meal. We are planning to do a big group dinner on Saturday night as a thank you to volunteers for their hard work. Volunteers are expected to provide their own lunches, snacks, and breakfast. We will be providing coffee every morning! 

    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 campsite, but, we will let you know if that changes. 

    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 date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

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

     

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    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.

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #3 - Arc Dome Wilderness 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, August 07, 2021 at 07:00 AM through August 11, 2021

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting six volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail (towards the Southeast corner of the Wilderness), and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

    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, 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: August 7-11. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Saturday (8/7) through Wednesday (8/11). We will be leaving Reno Saturday early morning and working a half-day in the afternoon. The following Wednesday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, 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! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: Due to staffing demands, for this project, we will not be offering any group meals. Volunteers will be required to provide their own meals including breakfast, coffee, snacks, and lunch. Thanks for your understanding.

    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 campsite, but, we will let you know if that changes. 

    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 date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

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

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    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.

  • Volunteer Trail Crew #4 - Arc Dome Wilderness 3 RSVPs

    Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 07:00 AM through August 25, 2021

    Join our Volunteer Trail Crew! 

    This year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering the opportunity to be a part of our professional trails program as a volunteer! We are hosting numerous volunteer trail crew hitches in multiple locations around northern Nevada. Join us for just one or all of them! Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools. 

    The first four volunteer trail crew hitches will take place in Arc Dome Wilderness, in central Nevada. We are restoring numerous trails including the North and South Twin Trails (which can be hiked as a loop or used to access the deeper portions of Arc Dome Wilderness, including the summits of Toiyabe Dome Arc Dome itself), the Jett Canyon Trail, and possibly others. The trails of Arc Dome go through beautiful canyons and meadows filled with creeks, Aspens, pine trees, and rugged rock outcroppings. 

    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, 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: August 21-25. Unlike our typical projects, this one runs from Saturday (8/21) through Wednesday (8/25). We will be leaving Reno early Saturday morning and working a half-day in the afternoon, Wednesday we will not be working but returning to Reno. Volunteers are welcome to join us for however many of these days as they wish. It would be great if you could do the whole hitch, 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! When the project date gets closer, we'll reach out to those who have RSVP'd and discuss this further.  

    Food: Due to staffing demands, for this project, we will not be offering any group meals. Volunteers will be required to provide their own meals including breakfast, coffee, snacks, and lunch. Thanks for your understanding. 

    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, we will let you know if that changes. 

    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 date. Plans are subject to change. We will always give as much notice as possible when this happens. 

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

     

    RSVP is required to participate. 

    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.

  • Santa Rosa Range - Fence Removal #2 4 RSVPs

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 06:00 PM through October 17, 2021

    Improve Wildlife Habitat!

    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. 

    Volunteers on 2019 Fence Removal Project

    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. At this time we are not providing rides in our vehicles. The road to the project area may not require 4 wheel drive but will require a higher clearance vehicle. Email [email protected] with any questions and for more details. RSVP today!

    Fence material removed by volunteers in 2019

    RSVP required to participate


    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. 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 campsite, 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.