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Big Horn Olive Oil Company Presents...
Tapas Night!

In benefit for Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Tuesday April 2, 2014
The Grove, Reno

This is just around the corner and you definitely do not want to miss out on this extraordinary evening of gourmet food and wine pairings. Big Horn Olive Oil Company, a premier locally-owned business in Reno, has challenged top chefs to create 'tapas' appetizers using Big Horn Olive Oil Company's products and to pair them with top wine, champagne, and beer.

20% of the proceeds will go to Friends of Nevada Wilderness!

For details and to purchase tickets, click here

Save the Dates!

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June 27-29: Sheldon Last Fence Pull
It's official - the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge will be fence-free after the month of June so you definitely do not want to miss out on helping pull those last barbed wire strips! The celebration wouldn't be complete without a BBQ luau party and a bad Hawaiian shirt contest...rumor has it that there will even be a chuck wagon and roasted pig to celebrate the occasion. RSVP today!

July 4-6: 50th Celebratory Camp Out Make a week of exploring Northern Nevada and after hauling out the last of the fence in Sheldon, swing by Steven's Camp in the north Black Rock Desert for yet another celebration - the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act! We're partnering with the Bureau of Land Management, Friends of Black Rock/High Rock, and Nevada Outdoor School to celebrate our wild lands and the historic act that helped shape them. Join us on this patriotic weekend of guided hikes, star-spangled skies, guest speakers, a photography contest, Dutch oven cook-offs, and writer's workshop! RSVP here. Please Note: RV space is limited so if you plan on bringing yours, be sure to note it on your RSVP

30 Years of Wild Nevada

On March 21, Friends of Nevada Wilderness celebrated 30 years as an organization! We threw a Birthday Party in Reno at our office headquarters in Sparks and were honored by how many of you came out to celebrate with us! Representatives from Senator Reid and Senator Heller even came out to present us Senatorial Certificates of Commendation, in honor of our 30 years work for Nevada's public land.

More photos to come of this fantastic event!

Updates in Wild Nevada

Alternative Spring Break

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Our 4th Annual Alternative Spring Break was a huge success: 14 volunteers joined us for 4 days and 4 nights of working, hiking, and learning in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!  Volunteers planted mesquite trees in disturbed riparian habitat, naturalized wilderness trespass scars, removed trash, and hiked out debris from a decommissioned water guzzler near Hidden Forest. At the end of each work day, local professors and experts volunteered their time to present lectures on related topics, including the geology of the Las Vegas Valley and the Great Basin, plant life zones of the Refuge, and the effects of solar radiation on plant distribution in the Desert Refuge and Spring Mountains. Despite heavy winds, chilly nights, and a flat tire, the resilient volunteers powered through the setbacks and enjoyed their time in the Refuge.

A huge thank you to REI for their generous grant in making Alternative Spring Break possible and to our outstanding partners: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, and Great Basin Institute!

View all of the photos from the event here!

LUSH in Gold Butte

Photos by Kurt Kuznicki

12 LUSH employees from the Fashion Show and Mandalay Bay stores joined us for a day out in Gold Butte to visit the sand dunes and Hobgoblin. Many of them had never been hiking before so it was a real treat for them to visit such a wild place as Gold Butte. We even did a Stand By Your Land training in the field where LUSHies learned how to actively defend their wild lands. LUSH enjoyed Gold Butte so much that they are scheduling a camp out to the area. Thanks, LUSH!

LUSH is a fresh, handmade cosmetics company headquartered in the United Kingdom and has stores all throughout the world. Find out where their stores are located in Las Vegas here and request a Friends of Nevada Wilderness Charity Pot (100% of the proceeds go right back to our programs)!


This American Land recently featured Friends of Nevada Wilderness in their new video, "New Appreciation for Central Nevada Wilderness." Our very own Inventory rock stars, Kirk Peterson and Julien Pellegrini, discuss the beauty and importance of conserving these amazing areas. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as they had fun filming it!

SH Architecture in Arrow Canyon

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Another fantastic longtime business supporter of ours is SH Architecture! They love coming out on volunteer trips so we set a date at Arrow Canyon for their employees to do some good, while gaining some great team building skills (nothing brings better group awareness than a shovel in everyone's hand). Besides having a great time, SH Architecture installed posts to protect desert tortoise habitat - way to go!

SH Architecture is an architecture firm in Las Vegas that seeks to instill a sustainably designed legacy through expertise, education, and excitement. Check them out on their website here!

View all of the photos from the event here.

Are you part of a business that wants to volunteer? Contact Jose Witt at [email protected] for more information on how your company can get involved in wild Nevada!

Upcoming Events


April 5: Desert Refuge Planting #1 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].

April 12: UNLV Greenfest Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness at one of the largest conservation focused festivals in Las Vegas! We are looking for volunteers to help us at the UNLV campus to talk to the community about Nevada's Wilderness and Gold Butte. Volunteers can hang out at our booth for a few hours and then go explore this great festival. Even if you can't volunteer, be sure to swing by the booth to say hi and sign a postcard! Click here to RSVP and to check out the flyer.

April 19: Desert Refuge Planting #2 The second installment of the native planting series at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is another chance to get on-the-ground and do some good for wildlife habitat! Planting trips are fun, educational, and a great excuse to visit the Refuge.

April 19: Tivoli Spring Festival Want to volunteer for just a few hours on your Saturday? Check out the Tivoli Farmer's Market Spring Festival! This is a HUGE event and we'll need your passion to spread the word about our organization and the importance of preserving Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area. The last festival at Tivoli, our volunteers got nearly 500 postcards signed in support of Gold Butte! This is a great opportunity to do some good for wilderness while perusing the festival, getting your fresh veggies, and participating in some great demos, RSVP here!

April 26: Desert Refuge Planting #3 Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day in a BIG way with planting native seedlings at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge! Bring your entire family to experience this gorgeous place right outside of Las Vegas, while giving back to your planet! Who could ask for more? RSVP today or e-mail Jesy at [email protected] for more information.

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 so we know how much food to provide!


March 29: Untrammeled: The Creation of Mt. Rose Ever wonder the story behind Reno's closest wilderness area? How did we get so lucky to have such a scenic and untrammeled backdrop to our city? In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we'll be giving a presentation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service about the history, management, and future of Mt Rose Wilderness. Galena Visitor's Center at 2pm.

April 2: Tapas Night Big Horn Olive Oil Company is throwing us a birthday bash and you’re invited! Chefs from Reno’s top restaurants will create tapas appetizers using delicious Big Horn Olive Oil products and pairing them with unbelievable wine, beer, and champagne. Please purchase tickets in advance as this event will be sure to sell out!

April 12: Santa Rosa Seedling Planting #1 Join us on our kick-off trip for the Northern Nevada volunteer season! We'll be planting native bitterbrush and sagebrush seedlings in the Santa Rosa Mountains, north of Winnemucca, in order to restore critical wildlife habitat. Camp with us for the weekend or arrive early Saturday morning for a day of planting. For more information, RSVP here or e-mail Renee at [email protected].

April 12: Spring Monitoring Training YOU can be a citizen scientist and help gather data on the health of springs and the life they support! Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Black Rock-High Rock in this one day training to learn how to monitor springs. Once you have gone through this training, you can join us on one of our field excursions or venture out on your own to collect data. Held at Idlewild Park from 9am -12pm. For more information, view our website or e-mail Jake at [email protected].

April 26: Santa Rosa Seedling Planting #2 Our Northern Nevada volunteer season is quickly gaining speed. Join us for our second day of native seedling plantings in the Santa Rosa mountains. What better way to celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day with a day of restoring habitat for pronghorn antelope, sage-grouse, and mule deer among breath-taking scenery? We sure can't think of one...RSVP here or e-mail Renee at [email protected] for more information!

April 27: Earth Day Festival One of the largest eco events of the year has arrived and we need your help in spreading the word about Friends of Nevada Wilderness and getting signatures for our sage-grouse campaign! It's the perfect opportunity to connect folks with our mission, volunteer events, and current campaigns. No experience required! We will also be hosting an activist training as part of the Earth Day workshops for the day so stay tuned for more information.

For a complete list of upcoming events, click here.

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