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June 11, 2010

Memorial for Mike McCurry - June 13

Mike McCurry photo 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.

Memorial details:
Sunday, June 13, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Interpretive Gardens, 7777 White Fir St, Reno   Google Map

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 (c) Kurt Kuznicki
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

Smokey with friends Smokey with worker

Partnerships can be a lot of fun. When you combine Smokey Bear with, you can get some wild moments. On June 16, about 200 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 check 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. Details


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. Details


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. Details 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. 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:

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