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SOS: Save our Sagebrush During Nevada's Big Give!


Imagine a Nevada with twice as much wilderness, twice as much room to roam in the sagebrush sea for pronghorn, pygmy rabbits, mule deer, and sage-grouse.

Today, we have the opportunity to nearly double Nevada's designated wilderness. Today, we have the chance to save our sagebrush sea.

And you can make it happen.

Schedule your donation for Nevada’s Big Give today to Save Our Sagebrush.

By scheduling a donation during Nevada’s Big Give, Friends of Nevada Wilderness is eligible for cash prizes that can further support our efforts towards saving our sagebrush sea.

You donation will go towards on-the-ground efforts working towards doubling Nevada’s wilderness. That’s right: 3 million acres of new Nevada wilderness, for the sage-grouse and the pronghorn, for the hiker and the family, for our grandchildren.

Double down and give big today, so we can double Nevada’s wilderness. Twice as much room to roam, to photograph, to enjoy.

Twice as much wild Nevada.

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Watch the Big Give leaderboard at on Friday, April 25 - throughout the day random “Golden Tickets” will be given out, and the top nonprofits in both individual donors and total amount raised at 11:59 pm receive $5,000 each!

Nevada is at a conservation crossroads: Due to its rapidly declining habitat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently announced that the greater sage-grouse is a candidate species for the Endangered Species Act, a development that would negatively affect Nevadans by imposing strict regulations on land-use throughout northern and central Nevada.

We have a different idea: Combine wildlife conservation and wilderness protection, all while doubling Nevada's designated wilderness. And you can make that happen by donating today.

Celebrate Our Southern Nevada Volunteers!

Southern Nevada Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Save the Date: Saturday, May 3
Mountain Crest Park

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is so grateful to the dedicated volunteers who care for our public lands. 2013 was a great year for volunteer participation, from both new and returning volunteers. Southern Nevada's wilderness areas saw 490 volunteers donate 4,008 hours which totaled $96,000 of in-kind donations. The work each and every one of you have done is invaluable to help protect our wilderness!

Join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Saturday May 3rd at Mountain Crest Park on Durango and Lone Mountain from 12:30 to 2:30pm! This picnic is open to everyone: feel free to pop in when you can and bring a friend. We will provide burgers with all the fixin's, water, refreshments, and dutch-oven style desserts. This is a potluck style picnic with a salsa competition so please bring a dish or a salsa entry (or both)!  We are excited to offer raffle prizes, wilderness games, and most importantly, volunteer awards!

Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly by visiting our website here.  We look forward to seeing you May 3rd!                         

Updates in Wild Nevada

Restoring Habitat in the Refuge

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Spring is here in Southern Nevada! We’re taking advantage of this beautiful weather and helping re-wild the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. We’ve spent three days with 87 volunteers planting mesquite & ash trees, globe mallow, salt bush, creosote and bursage - totaling 690 plants to restore Corn Creek! Our volunteers included members from Wildlife Habitat Improvement and the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club and employees from SH Architecture, Capital One, and MGM Grand! Thank you everyone for getting your hands dirty for conservation!

View all of the photos from the latest planting trip here.


Black Rock Rendezvous is almost here! Join us Memorial Day weekend with Friends of Black Rock, BLM, and the Nevada Outdoor School for a great holiday weekend in the Black Rock Desert. There will be guided hikes and tours, guest speakers, an outdoor kids camp, rocket launches, and stewardship projects! RSVP at our website here or at!

Getting the Word Out about Wild Nevada!


There were many celebrations of Spring and Earth Day in Southern Nevada and we were there to get the word out about wild Nevada! Jesy, Minas, and our rockstar outreach volunteers spent a day at UNLV's GREENfest event and then a day at Pahrump Earth Day, introducing visitors to Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Almost one hundred people stopped by to learn about Nevada’s wilderness areas and sign up for more information. Folks were very interested in learning about our current campaigns and getting involved! 

Are you interested in helping our outreach efforts? E-mail Jesy for more information on how to get involved in Southern Nevada, [email protected], or Shevawn for more information on how to get involved in Northern Nevada, [email protected]!

Upcoming Events


April 26: Desert Refuge Planting #3 Now that volunteers have removed the invasive weeds in the area, we are offering a three-part series in helping plant native Prince's plume and screwbean mesquite trees in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Come out and see the largest Refuge in the contiguous United States (and their brand new Visitor's Center), while restoring the fragile desert ecosystem. This is an all ages, family-friendly event and such a great learning opportunity for children! For more information and to RSVP, click here or e-mail Jesy at [email protected].

May 3: Volunteer Appreciation Picnic After an amazing season of hard work and dedication to Nevada's wild lands, you deserve a party! We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and we want to thank you in person (and cook you tasty hamburgers...lots of them)! Join us for the annual Volunteer Appreciation picnic on Saturday at Mountain Crest Park for food, refreshments, Dutch Oven dessert, raffle prizes, and volunteer awards! Bring a dish to share or enter your prize-winning creation in our Salsa Contest! Please RSVP in advance by clicking here so we know how much food to provide!

May 10: Sweep the Peak Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness as we pitch in with Go Mt. Charleston to clean up Kyle and Lee Canyons for this 7th annual spring cleaning event! We will be hosting volunteers at the Sawmill trailhead where we will provide a BBQ lunch and fun entertainment to break up the day. Please bring long pants, long sleeves shirt, sturdy shoes, and a water bottle - we will provide water, snacks, and tools! Please RSVP in advance here or by e-mailing Jesy at [email protected].


April 26: Santa Rosa Seedling Planting With the slight moisture we received this week, now is the best time to plant some seedlings in the Santa Rosa range! Come out with us this weekend to partake in restoring critical habitat for wildlife which was destroyed by a fire last year. There will be food, fun, plantings, and the gorgeous backdrop of the Santa Rosas. Click here for more information or to RSVP!
April 27: Earth Day We need your help getting the word out about Friends of Nevada Wilderness at Reno's largest environmental event! We'll be running an informational booth for the duration of the event and we're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help cover some shifts. Talk to folks about wild Nevada and get them excited about our latest wilderness campaigns! We hope to see you there. Sign up by clicking here or by e-mailing Shevawn at [email protected].

April 27: Stand By Your Land Training At Reno Earth Day Also at Reno Earth Day, we will be hosting a Stand By Your Land activist training! This workshop will delve into the strategies and tactics proven to be successful in building grassroots power, including real-time advocacy on current wilderness issues and how to effectively use social media to further your cause. 11am as part of the Great Basin Workshops. For more information, visit our event page here or e-mail Shevawn at [email protected].

May 2-6: Park Range Road Restoration Few places in Nevada are more remote and less used than the Park Range. We will be participating in a road restoration project there to keep this Nevada gem in 'wild' condition. Remember to bring sturdy closed to shoes, long sleeved shirt and pants - we will provide gloves, hard hat, and tools (plus breakfasts and dinners)! For more information and to RSVP, click here:

May 3: Noxious Weed Training What are noxious weeds and how are they different from regular weeds?  How can I keep from spreading noxious weeds? Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Friends of the Black Rock-High Rock, and the Great Basin Institute in this hands-on class to learn the answers to these questions and so much more! We will also look at key characteristics to help you identify some of the more common noxious weeds found in and around northwestern Nevada. We are asking folks to RSVP to this event so check out the event information here!

May 9-10: Volunteer Captain Training Interested in becoming a lead volunteer for Friends of Nevada Wilderness? It is always a huge help to us to have volunteers who know how our volunteer trips run and who can step up and help out. Come to this 2 day training to learn how the magic works. We will cover basic first aid, program logistics, communication plans, tire repair and camp. Contact Pat Bruce at [email protected] or call the office at 775-324-7667 for more information. RSVP here!

May 10: Great Community Clean-Up We are partnering with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) to help clean-up and remove noxious weeds from the Truckee Meadows! Join us and KTMB to remove noxious weeds from the Hunter Creek drainage. There is about a mile and a half hike into the site, so you will need sturdy shoes and a long sleeve shirt. KTMB is running this event, but FNW staff will be on hand to guide and educate volunteers on noxious weeds and promote volunteer opportunities that Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be hosting in the area in June.You will have to register for this event with KTMB on their website here:

May 17: Noxious Weed Removal, Mt. Rose Help protect the Truckee River watershed and wildlife habitat by removing noxious weeds from the Mount Rose Wilderness Area. For this trip, we are going to hike in roughly 1.5 miles (about 3 miles round trip) to work on removing musk thistle and tall whitetop from the wilderness. For more information, check out our event page by clicking here or e-mail Renee for more information at [email protected]!

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

Become a Member Today

"Philanthropy is the rent we pay for the joy and privilege we have for our space on this earth" - Jerold Panas

Become a member of Friends of Nevada Wilderness and support clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature. Your generous donation will go towards getting volunteers on the ground in wilderness areas and providing critical protection for Nevada's wilderness areas. Membership levels begin at $25 per year.


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