June 11, 2010
Memorial for Mike McCurry - June 13
Wildlands photographer and long-time Friends' member, Michael McCurry, passed away
on April 5. A memorial service will be held in Reno on Sunday, June 13. Mike
left a legacy of wonderful Nevada landscape photography. He also
produced our annual Wild Nevada calendar from its beginning in 2002.
Sunday, June 13, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Interpretive Gardens, 7777 White Fir St, Reno
Helping wilderness, helping our economy
In a wonderful partnership with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National
Forest, Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been able to use American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act money to fund three seasonal employees. A big welcome to
Renee Aldrich, our Mount Rose seasonal, Katie LaCroix,
who is working with Kurt in the Spring Mountains, and John Fiske,
now working in the Alta Toquima, Table Mountain and Grant Range wilderness areas.
They will be inventorying recreation sites, invasive weeds,
providing visitor contact as well as looking for vehicle trespass and other damage
to our wilderness. They will be sharing their stories in future emails.
Spring Mountain NRA Volunteer Wilderness Rangers
Never fear, the Volunteer Wilderness Rangers are here!
Wilderness ranger in the Mt Charleston backcountry © Kurt Kuznicki
I know that sounds like a line from a old western movie, but
it's true. This summer Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the US Forest Service, and
the Mt. Charleston license program are working together to put a group of 10 very
committed volunteer wilderness rangers into the wilds of the Spring Mountains.
The volunteers will educate visitors on some of the biggest
challenges affecting wilderness: increasing damage to natural resources like the
bristlecone pines; damage from cutting switchbacks; large hiking and meet-up groups
that clog the trails and impact solitude of the wilderness; illegal off-road vehicle
use; and the ever present problem of dog waste and "doggy bags" that litter the trails.
Thanks to a grant from Mt Charleston License Plate Program,
the rangers will be trained in CPR and wilderness first aid, leave-no-trace and other
backcountry topics. So if you're in the backcountry and you see a volunteer
wilderness Ranger (you'll recognize them by their very cool sage colored REI Sahara
shirt, donated by REI of course), please say hello. Take time to chat and have peace
of mind knowing that the wilderness is in good hands now that the Spring Mountain
Volunteer Wilderness Rangers are on patrol.
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Smokey Bear and Zappos.com
Partnerships can be a lot of fun. When you combine Smokey Bear
with Zappos.com, you can get some wild moments. On June 16, about 200 Zappos.com
employees hit the trail doing volunteer work with Friends of Nevada Wilderness in
the Spring Mountains outside of Las Vegas for the Forest Service. Maybe Smokey Bear
will be there, too.
Great Outdoors Month
Recognizing the problems associated with America's increasingly
sedentary lifestyles, President Barrack Obama has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors
Month. In order to promote a more active lifestyle, Mr. Obama urges "all Americans
to explore the great outdoors and to continue our Nation's tradition of conserving our
lands for future generations."
Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up some GREAT opportunities
to get out into the wild, enjoy our natural heritage and get some healthy exercise in the
process. New trips are added episodically, so
Friends' website for more opportunities. Here are the remaining June offerings:
Lovell Canyon Route Restoration: June 19
Sheldon Rendezvous: June 25 - 27
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Nevada wilderness legacy -- a presentation
Event — Learn about the legacy of wilderness that Nevadans are building right now.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 Lovell Canyon Route Restoration
Stewardship — Reclaim user-created routes and decommissioned roads in the
Lovell Canyon areaon the west side of the Spring Mountains.
Friday, June 25 — Sunday, June 27 Second Annual Sheldon Rendezvous
Stewardship — join us for car-camping and many opportunities to
help this magnificent part of wild Nevada. You can pull out old barbed-wire fence, remove
invasive weeds and post boundary signs.
or Download flier.
Friday, July 10 Wallace Canyon clean-up
Stewardship — join us to make the beautiful Wallace Canyon
(in the Spring Mountains) even more beautiful.
Many trips through the year are listed at
If you want to help keep these great opportunities coming, please click the button to donate:
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pages for other ways to get involved with Friends of Nevada Wilderness.