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Volunteers completing a route restoration project at Mount Rose © Photographer unknown

Volunteer Appreciation Party!!

Friends is having a party to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of our hundreds of volunteers. Through their toil and sweat, these dedicated wilderness heroes have helped heal many damaged wild areas all across Nevada.

Everyone is invited! Please come over and say thanks to these hearty souls who have given so much love and effort to help restore the wild public lands.

What: Join us for a night of merriment, live music, hot hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages in celebration of these volunteers' accomplishments. A "no host" bar will be provided by the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

Food: Provided by two fine Reno establishments: Fresh Mex restaurant and the Law Offices of Demetras & O'Neill.

Night photo of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Where: Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
           (Crystal Rooms 1-4)
           2500 E Second Street, Reno
           — click image for map
Date: Friday, December 12, 2008
Time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
         Volunteer recognition: 7 to 8pm
Extras: Awesome silent auction and raffle. Here are some of the items that could be going home with you:

  • Dinner for two at Stirling's Steakhouse

  • Pair of tickets to The Holiday Ice Spectacular in the Eldorado Showroom

  • Fat Cycle bike from Black Rock Bike Shop

  • Beautiful wilderness landscape photos

  • Art pieces from great local artists

  • Packs and outdoor clothing

  • Wine and spirits

  • Gift baskets and gift certificates

  • Wilderness books, hiking guides and other books

  • and other great stuff


Finding the Crystal Ballroom: The best parking is on the golf driving range side of the Grand Sierra — accessible from either Mill Street or East Second Street / Glendale Avenue.

Using the Fun Quest / shopping mall / bowling center entrance, turn right, then take the first left and take the escalator to the casino level. At the top of the escalator, turn left and walk about 10 steps to the Crystal Ballroom. (Note: the bowling center is to the right of the escalator.)

If entering the Grand Sierra from the main south entrance, just follow the signs to the bowling center and look for the Crystal Ballroom.


Friends wants to thank all who have donated items for the silent auction and raffle. And in particular, we thank the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, Fresh Mex and the Law Offices of Demetras & O'Neill whose assistance make this event so much nicer than otherwise possible.


To support our volunteers and their on-the-ground efforts, can you donate $20 now?

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Wet and wild – forever!

Granite Range inholdings acquired

The BLM recently acquired 17,493 acres of wild scattered private parcels in northern Washoe County, thanks to funding made available by the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act and cooperative diligence by the Nevada Land Conservancy, BLM and support from Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

These important wildlands lie in the Granite Range, immediately west of the Black Rock playa, and throughout the Buffalo Hills, Twin Peaks, Wall Canyon and Poodle Mountain wilderness study areas. Almost every parcel contains a spring, stream, wet meadow that nurture diverse wildlife populations of mule deer, bighorn, pronghorn, sage grouse and rare fish.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been an enthusiastic supporter of this project since its initial proposal in 2003. We would like to thank the Nevada Land Conservancy, the BLM, the Jaksick family and everyone else who worked to make this acquisition a success.

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This Bob's for you

Winning the prestigious national Forest Service Bob Marshall Group Champion of Wilderness Stewardship Award was only possible because of you, our wonderful volunteers and supporters — and your extraordinary accomplishments on behalf of Nevada's wild places. This "Bob's" for you.

Shaaron Netherton and Pat Bruce with Bob Marshall Award © Ralph Swain

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Visit our website's TAKE ACTION pages for other ways to get involved with Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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