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Pronghorn on the Sheldon (c) Julie Granata

At the Sheldon Rendezvous — June 19 - 21

People who love the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge are gathering for a fun-filled weekend to labor for wildlife. On June 20th, volunteers will help the refuge by removing unneeded barbed wire fencing near Big Springs and Catnip Reservoirs. Removing old barbed wire protects wildlife from tangling up in fences. Volunteers will also be signing refuge boundaries. A barbeque and campfire talks about the refuge will happen Saturday evening, with refuge tours available on Sunday.

“Wildflowers should be fabulous, and wildlife watching rewarding, so bring your binoculars and plan to have a great time,” says Pat Bruce from Friends of Nevada Wilderness, who is helping to coordinating the event. The Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge sits on the Oregon border in remote northwestern Nevada. High volcanic tables of grass, sage and wildflowers rise above the surrounding valleys like castles, dotted with small lakes and archaeological wonders. The Refuge is manage primarily to provide habitat for pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, sage grouse and other wildlife.

To sign-up as a volunteer and get more details about the project, contact Pat or Sheena from Friends of Nevada Wilderness at (775) 324-7667. Space is limited so get your name in soon.

Click here for more rendezvous projects info. And here for more info about what is happening on the Sheldon.

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The Truckee River Gallery gets wild!

June 3-28, 2009, Wild Nevada photography exhibit

Reno's Truckee River Gallery is hosting a Wilderness benefit art show, featuring the Wild Nevada photography exhibit.

Join with Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Truckee River Gallery to celebrate the beauty of wild Nevada through breathtaking photos of some of our wildest places. Let this special exhibit transport you to a serene space that can only be Nevada.

Truckee River Gallery, 11 North Sierra St #100, Reno
(on the Riverwalk next to the Riverside Cinema)
Reception: June 6, 4-7 PM
Show dates: June 3-28, 2009
Gallery hours are 3 to 6PM Wednesday through Friday, 12 to 7PM Saturday and 1 to 5PM Sunday.
Parking is available at Reno's Parking Garage at West First St and North Sierra. The gallery validates, so bring your ticket with you.

Enjoy the exquisite Wild Nevada photography exhibit, as well as other works of renown northern Nevada artists.

Proceeds from the show will support Friends of Nevada Wilderness' work to protect your public lands in Nevada.

Click here for Google map to Truckee River Gallery

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Employment opportunity with Friends

Friends of Nevada Wilderness seeks to hire a Wilderness Program Coordinator for work in southern Nevada.

This person will primarily recruit, oversee, and manage the wilderness volunteer program for the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area (NRA). All work in the Spring Mountain NRA will be done in partnership providing seamless coordination between the National Forest and Friends of Nevada Wilderness (FNW).

Detailed position description and how to apply (PDF).

Application period closes June 22, 2009

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Easiest way to give ... at no cost to you!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is thankful to have become a participant in the Savemart S.H.A.R.E.S card program. Just by a simple swipe of your card with every purchase at your local Savemart store, Savemart will give Friends of Nevada Wilderness 3% of the qualified-items total of that purchase. This does not increase your cost at the checkout stand.

All you have to do is designate Friends of Nevada Wilderness as your chosen organization when filling out an application for your S.H.A.R.E.S. card. Friends also has a good supply of cards at the office (1 Booth Street, Reno) which are already programmed for donations to Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Stop in or call, and we will give you a card, also free.

Visit Savemart Shares for more information on the S.H.A.R.E.S card program.

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2010 Wild Nevada calendar — Call for photos

Amateur and professional nature photographers invited — to submit Nevada wildland photos for Friends of Nevada Wilderness' 2010 Wild Nevada calendar. Our perennial-favorite annual calendar is a great way to get additional exposure of your name and work.

Click here for the details ...

Thank you volunteers!

A big Thank You goes out to the 47 volunteers who worked on retoration projects as part of the Black Rock Rendezvous (May 22-24). Two projects were completed: 1) removed the last of the barbed wire from Fly Canyon, and 2) built a quarter mile of buck and rail fence to protect the Coyote Springs dune complex.

Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers who came out for these projects - and for a job well done! photos (c) Wes Hoskins


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Upcoming volunteer projects

June 13   Hunter Creek Trail Day

Stewardship — Invasive plant removal and trail clean up along the Hunter Creek trail in Mount Rose Wilderness — in Reno's backyard.

Join Friends and the Carson Ranger District on June 13th in the Mount Rose Wilderness for a scenic hike and series of projects up the Hunter Creek Trail. The hike will be about seven miles round trip and will involve pulling musk thistle, restoring sections of trail, removing an illegal structure and deconstructing campsites that are too close to the waterfall. Please contact Wes Hoskins, Forest Project Coordinator, or Sheena Britschgi for more information and to sign up at 324.7667. Photo (c) James Sippel    Details


June 18-21   Pasco Canyon Trail Project

Stewardship — Help improve the scenic Pasco Canyon Trail in the Alta Toquima Wilderness. Details


June 19-21   Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Project

Stewardship — Join with other groups and individuals who care deeply about this beautiful and remote wild gem in Nevada. We’ll pull fence to help antelope and other wildlife, help restore critical springs and do general campground clean-up. Details


June 26-28   Arc Dome Wilderness Restoration Project

Stewardship — Reclaim a vehicle route in the Arc Dome Wilderness. Details


Many more trips throughout the year are listed at Friends' website. If you want to help keep these great opportunities coming please click the button to donate:

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

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