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October 6, 2009

Pahranagat Lake
Pahranagat Lake at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge © Brian Beffort

National Wildlife Refuge Week Project at Pahranagat - October 17

Help us celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in Southern Nevada.

Friends is having a volunteer project at the Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge on October 17th to mark this special occasion. We will meet in the morning then carpool to the project site, about 2 hours north of Las Vegas. We will remove cattails from Maynard Spring to help the water flow.

And YOU are invited!

Waterfowl season begins in October so we might see Sandhill cranes as they arrive on their migration south. We should be able to see geese and hoards of ducks including canvasbacks, teal, redheads, shovelers and pintail on refuge lakes and marshes. The fall colors might be at their peak, so bring your camera.

These trips are fun and rewarding, and they can be a great way to meet new Friends. All volunteers are welcome!

Every trip offers opportunities to contribute in less physically-demanding ways, such as: taking photos, writing and reporting, or just enjoying the beauty of wilderness.

Please call Kurt Kuznicki at (775) 745-3119 or email Kurt for more information.

Pahranagat Man petroglyph
Pahranagat Man petroglyph © Brian Beffort

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National Public Lands Day at Gold Butte

Recap of very successful stewardship event on September 26

Volunteers from Friends of Nevada Wilderness came out to support the Friends of Gold Butte and the BLM at National Public Lands Day. Over 40 volunteers worked together to install about 80 feet of cedar post-and-rail fence in the newly created parking area. Volunteers turned a two-track road into a hiking trail lined with stone, and planted 50 native plants to naturalize & beautify the area.

Volunteer Wally Wallace said, "I'm very interested in the cultural resources of the area, and I want to help preserve and protect them for future generations".

Building fence t demark the parking area at trailhead to Falling Man petroglyph site - Gold Butte region
Fencing the parking area at petroglyph trailhead - Gold Butte region © Kurt Kuznicki

Planting and watering along the trail to Falling Man petroglyph site
Planting and watering along the trail to petroglyphs © Kurt Kuznicki

Falling Man petroglyph panel in the Gold Butte region - part of the reason for protecting the area
Falling Man petroglyph panel in the Gold Butte region - one reason for protecting the area © Kurt Kuznicki

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Upcoming volunteer projects

A pair of great trips coming up

Pahranagat Lake
Pahranagat Lake at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge © Brian Beffort


October 17   Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge restoration trip

Stewardship — Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by helping to restore important habitat in this spectacular resource, located just 90 miles north of Las Vegas. Details


October 26   Bonanza Trailhead & Trail Restoration trip

Stewardship — Install signs and a new permit box, clean up the trailhead area and restore the trail where damaged. All this in the wild Spring Mountains - just outside Las Vegas. Details


Many trips through 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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