We hope you are enjoying your October and getting excited to celebrate Halloween and Nevada Day with your friends and family members. Nature puts on quite a show each October as autumn kisses the Nevada landscape with a colorful display. Traditionally, this time of year is a time of celebration as the bounty of crops are collected for harvest and stored for the upcoming cold weather season. What seeds have you been planting this year? Our stewardship harvest was a plentiful one as we brought people closer together, worked across the state of Nevada, and gave back to the wild lands that give us so much. As the holiday season approaches, Friends would like to remind everyone to continue to plant seeds of goodwill so that every year when autumn rolls around, you reap a bountiful harvest of happiness.
Current Threats to Our Public Lands
H.R. 3990: Yet Another Attack on National Monuments
On October 6, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced HR 3990 titled “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”. Don’t let the name fool you, this bill would effectively gut the Antiquities Act and our national monuments.
H.R. 3990 would give the president legal authority to reduce or revoke national monuments, while severely limiting the president’s ability to designate future monuments without approval from elected governing body from each county, state and the governor. This bill passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee and is on its way to a potential House of Representatives floor vote. Contact your Congressional representatives today to let them know you oppose H.R. 3990 today.
Proposed Oil and Gas Leases in the Ruby Mountains
Is there a worse place in Nevada to lease for oil and gas than the gem of the state - the Ruby Mountains? Join with Friends of Nevada Wilderness to flatly oppose this misguided proposal.
The Ruby Mountains – located in northeastern Nevada outside Elko – provide critical habitat for Nevada’s state fish, the Lahontan cutthroat trout, and one of the largest mule deer herds in the country. The proposed oil and gas leases overlap and threaten the integrity of three contiguous roadless areas, and overlap an additional 11,000 acres of the Pearl Peak Roadless Area, an area Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been working to protect as Wilderness for over 30 years.
The Forest Service is currently seeking comments until November 2 – you can submit comments online by clicking here.
Hayford Needs You!
It’s been a busy month for Hayford who has been touring the beautiful Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Hayford wants you to know about all the amazing things the refuge has to offer and would like to personally invite you to visit this desert wonderland. He is grateful to be able to call areas like the Sheep Range Proposed Wilderness Complex home, as it’s the largest roadless area in Nevada. This provides bighorn sheep, like Hayford, plenty of space to freely roam Nevada’s wild lands. If you are lucky, you may even run into Hayford next time you’re out exploring.
You can help Hayford and his friends today by joining Friends of Nevada Wilderness as a member. Right now, we are busy working at protecting the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and establishing the Sheep Range Complex as Congressionally-designated Wilderness, and all donations and memberships help work us towards that goal. Help us, help Hayford!
Updates From the Field
Kicking Off a Season of Stewardship in South McCullough Wilderness
Southern Nevada Stewardship Coordinators Grace Larsen and Nick Scrithfield spent Saturday, October 21st, with seven volunteers working on projects in the South McCullough Wilderness. The group installed a kiosk that will work to educate visitors about where they are and what they can do while there. The McClanahan spring is a popular area for target shooting and for OHV users and dirt bikers who regularly drive into the wilderness. In addition to installing informational kiosks, we also picked up 800 pounds of trigger trash! Our hope is that the kiosk and our cleaning efforts will encourage users to pick up after themselves since we all know that trash begets trash.
This project was funded by the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles, and it kicks off a season of work we will be doing to protect the South McCullough Wilderness from motorized use.
Truck Naming Contest
We are very excited to announce that Friends of Nevada Wilderness was able to purchase a new stewardship truck with the generous donations made through our Nevada's Big Give Fundraiser last March! We have purchased a trusty 2017 Dodge 2500 truck for our Stewardship program that will get volunteers like you out on the ground in wild Nevada for years to come. But, now, we need YOUR HELP – what should we name her? Click here
to cast your vote. We will announce the winner on November 8, 2017!
- Betty White
- Moby Dick
Save the Date: Wild and Scenic Film Festival & Wilderness Wingding
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is hosting the 5th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Clark County Theater in Las Vegas on Friday, November 17th. We will feature 10 short films each focusing on a subject that relates to nature, conservation, and/or outdoor recreation. Come enjoy a night of entertainment for a good cause.
As always, we’ll have an exciting raffle, inspiring films and a community reception! Tickets are on sale now: $10 pre-sale, $5 for kids under 12 years old. All tickets the day of the Festival are $15. Get your tickets here!
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness as we host our 11th annual Wilderness Wingding Volunteer Celebration and awards ceremony! This community event is open to the public and will honor all the great work accomplished by our volunteers, activists, and supporters in 2017. Whether you volunteered on a project, signed a petition, or donated – this is our chance to say thank you for all the efforts made throughout the year to care for America’s public lands in Nevada.
Get ready for live music from local artists, delicious food, beer & wine, and a silent auction and raffle. This event is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10. RSVP here!
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.
November 1: Days of Hallow Hobnob: Join us at our northern Nevada office for the last Stewardship Hobnob of the year. Get together with other volunteers to go over this season's accomplishments, generate ideas and comments for next year, and enjoy each other's company over delicious food and drinks.
December 5: Wingding Volunteer Craft Night: Join us at our northern Nevada office for a night of pizza and crafts to help us get ready for our 11th annual Wilderness Wingding. Activities will include creating table decorations, building volunteer gift bags, organizing the raffle and silent auction items, and hanging out in our warehouse with our northern Nevada Stewardship staff and volunteers.
October 28: Bridge Mountain Trail Project: Join us for a beautiful autumn day on the Bridge Mountain Trail in the Red Rock National Conservation Area. We will be working to brush the trail and identify trail work needs. Please note that access to this area requires a high-clearance vehicle.
November 2: Wild Speaker Series: Thomas Valencia, a Recreation & Outreach specialist with the National Park Service, will be giving a presentation on unique places to see when hiking in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This monthly event will be held at REI Boca Park, and the presentation begins at 7pm.
November 8: Bridge Mountain Trail Project: Join us for a beautiful autumn day on the Bridge Mountain Trail in the Red Rock National Conservation Area. We will be working on projects to help prevent erosion issues that will include building natural steps and water bars. Please note that access to this area requires a high-clearance vehicle.
November 19: Veteran's Day Appreciation Project, South McCullough Wilderness: Join us for a project designed to celebrate Veterans Day, thanking those who've served and are serving, and bringing together our veterans and community to connect on our love for Nevada wild lands. We will be partnering with two veteran focused organizations, Team Red, White and Blue and Team Rubicon, and heading to the South McCullough Wilderness to install post and cable barriers which will prevent future wilderness incursions and protect the vast array of species that call this wild place home.
December 2: Arrow Canyon Project: Arrow Canyon Wilderness is home to beautiful rock art, fossils, and draws geologists and rock climbers from far and wide. Help us install a post and cable barrier to keep Arrow Canyon protected and natural!
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