March 19, 2010
Walkin Jim on his 2009 Nevada trek
Walkin' Jim's return engagement to Reno
Hiking minstrel inspires audiences with sights, live music and
tales from the wild — Saturday, April 17
Walkin' Jim Stoltz has hiked nearly 28,000 miles along the
wilderness trails of North America. Trekking inspires all of his funny, touching and
revealing tales and songs from the heart.
Jim's show is much more than a concert. It combines
live music and poetry with stunning, multi-image slides to create a stirring celebration
of the natural world.
This is your chance to spend an evening with this most
remarkable troubadour and lover of places wild. You will feel the sand, hear the rattlers
and encounter bear and other wildlife en route to an extraordinary wild adventure.
April 17, 2009, live at the Maytan Music Center,
you are invited to laugh, cry and become re-inspired about the wild that is right
here just outside your Nevada backdoor.
Place: Maytan Music Center
777 South Center Street
Reno, Nevada 89501
Date: Saturday, April, 17
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tickets: $15.00 each — are available by:
phone: (775) 324-7667
fax: (775) 324-2677
order form for FAX or MAIL
Friends of Nevada Wilderness
PO Box 9754
Reno, NV 89507
in person: 1 Booth Street (at Idlewild), Reno
also at: Maytan Music Center, 777 S Center St, Reno
Google map to Maytan Music Center
Hope to see you there!
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TWO Seasonal Wilderness jobs with Friends: these are
Position 1: Spring Mountains / Las Vegas, Nevada
Application deadline: April 2, 2010
Length of employment: May to end of September 2010
Details and apply for LAS VEGAS JOB.
Position 2: Mt Rose / Reno, Nevada
Application deadline: May 3, 2010
Length of employment: End of May to October 11, 2010
Details and apply for RENO JOB.
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Invasive weed training
Learn how to identify invasive weeds
Free for committed volunteers
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is offering interested volunteers
the chance to get trained in weed identification, taught by the University of Nevada
Cooperative Extension. This spring, in the Mt Rose Wilderness and other areas around
the state, volunteers and staff will be hitting the trails to identify and eradicate
non-native invasive plants. We need more volunteers, and if you commit to spending some
time in Mt Rose assisting the Carson Ranger District to document invasive weeds, then
we will pay for this training. Both trainings are open.
The classes will be held in Reno, with videoconference options
in Carson City and Gardnerville. Please take a look at the flyer for more details. RSVP with Wes Hoskins Forest Project Coordinator at 775-324-7667 or by email.
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Spring at Wall Canyon © Brian Beffort
Home Camp ranch acquisition helps Wall Canyon WSA
Long-term protection for the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area
(WSA), just moved a little closer with the BLM's purchase of the Home Camp ranch
located in northern Washoe County. At 14,824 acres, this wildlife-rich area is the
second-largest land acquisition made under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management
Act. Friends of Nevada Wilderness would like to thank everyone at the Nevada Land
Conservancy and the BLM for their years of hard work to make the Home Camp acquisition
possible. We would also like to thank our members who have written support letters for
this critical acquisition, a process that started in 2003.
The Wall Canyon WSA was never recommended "suitable" for
wilderness by the BLM because of the large number of private inholdings. With the
acquisition of these parcels, wilderness designation is much more likely in the
future. Public ownership of the Home Camp ranch with its springs, wet meadows, and
streams like the headwaters of Mountain View Creek will help protect specially
designated species like the greater sage grouse, Wall Canyon sucker, California
bighorn sheep and pika. This acquisition also will improve public recreational
Friends of Nevada Wilderness looks forward to working with
the BLM and other interested parties to ensure these newly acquired lands are managed
appropriately to conserve Nevada's wild heritage.
Sage grouse © Jim Yoakum
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Starry sky © Brian Beffort
It was a good week for stars
By Kate Prengaman
August: Notes from camping in the Big Rocks Wilderness, Lincoln
I believe that star-gazing is good for the soul. Maybe it's
just my soul, but feeling like a tiny speck on a tiny planet beneath a sparkling, infinite
sky can heal most of what ails me. It's calming, inspiring, a way to feel connected
to a world larger than I can really know. And while you can do almost anything in Vegas,
you really can't star-gaze. The shine of the Strip and the sprawling lights of
suburbia are so bright that even on a good night, you'll never see more than a
handful of stars. To really appreciate the rest of the universe, you've got to
head for the hills.
Nevada's wilderness can be an excellent place to star gaze.
It's easy to find campsites with a good view of wide sky, since we don't have
the continuous, dense canopies of deciduous forests. In our dry climate, it's rare
to have low-hanging clouds ruin your view. There are few mosquitoes and low odds for a
sudden rain storm, so you don't really need to hide from the elements in your tent.
With so many protected wilderness areas, we still have plenty of places that are well
beyond the glow of towns and cities. Head out on a camping trip with a constellation
chart and some patience, and you could see more constellations than you ever knew
existed. And those are just the stationary stars. While you are mapping out those
Greek gods, you'll undoubtedly catch a few flashing meteors.
Seeing a good shooting star makes you feel special. Good luck,
make a wish, etc... But as it turns out, there are millions of meteors flashing
across the sky, throughout the day and night, caused usually by sand-sized grains of
astronomical grit, burning up with friction through the air molecules of the atmosphere.
According to space.com, we can usually only see .005% of the sky at one time, bringing
our eye's share of shooting stars to an average of 12 per hour. If you are watching
with constant vigilance. For the casual, fire-side star-gazer, catching a few big,
brilliant ones is cause for celebration. Until I started spending my summers sleeping
without a tent in Nevada's wilderness, I saw only a few shooting stars a year.
Now I see a few a night.
In August, I was camped out in the Big Rocks Wilderness in
Lincoln County. As I lay in my sleeping bag, dwarfed by the boulders of Pahroc Canyon,
the milky way was shining clear. July's monsoon clouds had cleared, the half-moon
rose late, and the high canyon walls block any faint light pollution from spoiling the
view. In the hour or so before I'd drifted to sleep, I usually saw more than 15
shooting stars, big sweeping flashes across the sky. Sleeping out every night in the
desert, I am used to seeing a few before I close my eyes, but this show was above and
beyond. I later found out that the Earth was passing through the Perseid Meteor Shower,
an annual rotation through a cloud of debris that usually occurs in mid-august and
provides a spectacular sky show.
The next night, the sky-show got even better. A big electrical
storm hung over the Delmar Valley to the south of us. We could barely hear the thunder,
but the sky flashed and glowed with lightning strikes every minute or two. Far enough
away to be free from the fears of rain (and putting up a tent in a wet, 2am panic)
and lightning-strike fire, we just enjoyed the light-show. Shooting stars dove across
the sky into the huge cloud of flashing light and got swallow by the storm. A show so
good it was hard to close my eyes.
Kate Prengaman is a Field Botanist with the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, who also writes and volunteers for Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
For northern and central Nevada, we have some awesome stewardship trips
coming up for the volunteer within. Soldier Meadows could use your help in March, and central Nevada
will benefit from your efforts on a group monitoring trip in May. But for real inspiration without
having to break a sweat, come to Walkin' Jim's Reno concert on April 17. It is better than being
in the wild, because you have Walkin' Jim's great baritone belting out songs and tales by the minute.
Click the links to find out more.
Friday, March 26 — Sunday, March 28 Soldier Meadows restoration project
Stewardship — several activities are planned as part of this
weekend project. Help restore the wild character of this popular area in northwestern Nevada.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Walkin' Jim Stoltz - Live in concert
Special event — prepare to be completely amazed and inspired by
Walkin' Jim, his stories, songs and photos. Truly an event you want to experience.
Monday, May 10 — Saturday, May 15 Central Nevada monitoring tour
Stewardship — join us for car-camping and day-hikes to
help the Forest Service manage beautiful wilderness in central Nevada.
Many trips through the year are listed at
If you want to help keep these great opportunities coming, please click the button to donate:
Visit our website's
pages for other ways to get involved with Friends of Nevada Wilderness.