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This is a call to action! To all of our incredible supporters, now is the time to act to help save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. We are fast approaching the deadline for the public comment period, which will be your last chance to directly communicate to the Air Force that you oppose the military's takeover of even more of our precious refuge. Once the public comment period closes, the process will move into the hands our of Congressional delegation. We will continue our fight to defend the Desert Refuge and its associated proposed Wilderness with the same heart and dedication we have carried throughout this campaign, and by appealing to our Congressional representatives en masse. But please do not miss your chance to speak up and be heard! Submit your comments today and we will mail you two (2) of our beautiful "Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge" stickers (see below).

Public Comment Period for the DNWR is Closing March 8!

The fight to save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge continues to gain momentum as the public comment period winds down to a conclusion on March 8. During the public hearings in January, the support for the Desert Refuge was overwhelming. Hunters, environmentalists, politicians, business owners, OHVers, indigenous groups, mountain bikers and even retired Air Force personnel made public comments in favor of stopping the military from taking more of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The military has already taken over nearly 850,000 acres of the refuge and shut out public access. We can NOT let them take away more. It is critical for wildlife and recreation to maintain public access to the remainder of the refuge and its pristine and remote areas. In case you missed the public meeting in Las Vegas, you can find a recap on our website by clicking here.

As the comment deadline approaches, make sure you tell the Air Force you oppose them grabbing more land but you can live with Alternative 1 - the status quo. Together we can ensure that all the proposed Wilderness within the refuge remains protected. Once you have submitted your comment, be sure to share with your friends and family and make sure they speak up as well. As we spread awareness, we also increase the chance of survival for the cultural aspects, habitat, and wildlife - like the desert bighorn - that is unique to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. We thank you for your support and don't forget to share, share, share! #DontBombTheBighorn

We Are Hiring!

Does exploring some of Nevada’s vast and little-known Wilderness areas while having an adventure of a lifetime sound like the job for you? Our seasonal field jobs offer a unique experience that will allow you to work directly on the ground to heal and restore America's public lands while also camping under some of the biggest, most starry skies in Nevada. Disconnect from the digital world and consider spending your summer with Friends of Nevada Wilderness!

We are currently hiring for fifteen seasonal and AmeriCorps Service Volunteer positions! Our jobs provide a wide scope of work in a variety of locations across the state. Click here to find out if one of these jobs is a good fit for you or someone you know. We look forward to hearing from you!

Updates From the Field

Our southern Nevada stewardship team kicked off 2018 strong with numerous projects and countless inspiring moments with volunteers in the field. So far this year, we have replaced thirty-six damaged Wilderness signs, removed hundreds of pounds of trash from a popular OHV area, and installed two-hundred-feet of post and cable barrier to protect Wilderness from illegal incursions. We were pleased to find out that on our last event, we were joined by five volunteers who were embarking on their first Wilderness stewardship experience! We are always glad to welcome new volunteers. There will be dozens more volunteer opportunities coming up. Be sure to visit our website's Calendar of Events and RSVP early. Many of our projects have been filling up! 

These projects were funded with grants from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and the Nevada OHV Commission. We are proud to partner with these groups in stewarding our public lands.


Save the Date: Grapevine Canyon Restoration Kickoff!


Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness as we kickoff a year long effort to restore the desert habitat in Grapevine Canyon! We'll "break ground" on these restoration efforts by spending the weekend of March 3-4 returning damaged areas to their natural conditions. During the days we'll restore the web of trails that has been proliferating throughout Grapevine Canyon, and on Saturday night we'll camp on the nearby shore of Lake Mohave.

Grapevine Canyon is nestled in the granite mountains of Bridge Canyon Wilderness. Grapevine Canyon is home to one of the more significant petroglyph sites in all of Nevada. A fresh water spring flows out of the canyon floor in non-drought years, providing life-giving water to a variety of animals and plants, including native canyon grape vines that are the namesake of the area.

Find out more details about this event and RSVP here!

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you at one of our next events! You can find our full Calendar of Events here, and you can RSVP for individual events in the links found in the list below. If we don't have anything scheduled during your times of availability, respond to this e-mail or call our office in Northern Nevada at (775) 324-7667 or in Southern Nevada at  (702) 515-5417 to be placed on a shortlist for future volunteer opportunities. 

We are in the quiet of the winter season in Northern Nevada, but you can always call our office to find out ways to get involved!


February 24: Friends Appreciation Picnic - Friends of Nevada Wilderness is excited to recognize 2017's awesome volunteers, members and friends at our annual Friends Appreciation Picnic! This event is to celebrate YOU and thank you for your support of Friends of Nevada Wilderness - whether you volunteered on a project, signed a petition, or donated - we want you there to celebrate. Join us at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on February 24th from 12:30 to 2:30.

March 1: Wild Speaker Series - Anthony Waddle is a research assistant with UNLV. Over the past few years he has done extensive research into local frog populations with a focus on how to prevent their decline. March 1st we welcome him back to provide us with details on his continued research and what he has found out in the field since he last spoke with us. This will be an insightful lecture you won't want to miss. Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

March 25-30: Alternative Spring Break 2018 - Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for our 8th Annual Alternative Spring Break! This week of outdoor service and adventure is extremely rewarding and creates memories that last forever. This event is now FULL but a wait-list is available.

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