March 18, 2011
Job Opportunity: Sheldon Fence Crew
12-week field season is May 31 to August 31, 2011
Upper Virgin Creek on the Sheldon (c) Kurt Kuznicki
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is looking for folk to remove old,
dangerous barbed-wire fence and to construct spring exclosures on the Sheldon National
Wildlife Refuge. Help the antelope, sage grouse and other native critters by removing
fence that can injure or kill these animals and by protecting the springs that they
depend on for water.
You will need to be in excellent physical
condition because the job entails a lot of hiking while carrying tools and
fence materials in the wild.
The rewards: salary, room, board, some of the best scenery
in Nevada, and working with folk who care about the wild. Your "office" will be the
truly wide-open spaces of northwest Nevada.
We are looking to fill a crew of six. Interested individuals
should contact Pat Bruce, Stewardship Program Director, at (775) 815-5598.
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Calling all Sheldon volunteers
Anyone wishing to volunteer on the Sheldon during the
May 31 - Aug 31 period is welcome to join the fence crew on the days of your choice.
You will stay with the crew at Little Sheldon.
Sign up with Pat Bruce at (775) 815-5598.
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Springs in the Black Rock Desert need you
Spring Monitor Training, April 16-17, Gerlach, NV.
As you know, water is life. At least 80% of wildlife species
depend on springs or riparian areas sometime during their life.
And these spring need you to help them stay healthy, so they
can support the wildlife that depends on them.
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Bureau of Land Management
and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) to learn how to measure and monitor the health
of springs in the Black Rock Desert region. The project provides wonderful opportunities
to work with other committed volunteers (or alone, if you wish) while hiking, exploring
and learning about what makes life in the Black Rock region unique.
Water: essential for life in the Black Rock (c) Brian Beffort
We especially need volunteer crew leaders
— people who can venture out for monitoring trips several times this year and
help mentor other volunteers who want to help.
Hike, explore, use cool gadgets like electro-conductivity meters,
meet charismatic snails, and make a difference to wildlife in the Black Rock region.
The April training will take place April 16-17 somewhere near
Gerlach (weather and roads allowing), and will involve a campout, good food and fun
Call Brian Beffort at (775) 324-7667, or
click here to email Brian for more
And if you want to get involved, but this weekend doesn't work
for you, let Brian know. Maybe we can schedule an additional training session.
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Friends of Nevada Wilderness helps promote wilderness stewardship nationwide
Wilderness across the country youve got a friend. Lots of friends,
as a matter of fact! About 120 of them gathered in Las Vegas for the National Wilderness
Stewardship Alliances (NWSA) first annual national conference. Their goal: to find ways
to grow a stronger alliance of boots-on-the-ground wilderness volunteers.
Groups came together from all over the country (Alaska to Georgia,
California to North Carolina) along with federal agency wilderness partners to figure
out how to care for Americas great wilderness system.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosted this years conference and
introduced folks to wilderness Nevada style. We even included a trail project in the
Rainbow Mountain Wilderness and Dutch-oven dessert.
Comments heard after the conference included, "WOW, this really
touched my heart," and "you and your colleagues are rare leaders who do the miraculous
on a daily basis, as if your accomplishments were nothing more than routine." Thanks to
all of you who make a difference on the ground! For more information
visit the NWSA
NWSA group photo after Rainbow Mountain project (c) FNW
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Camp Host Wanted
Want to spend a summer as the Virgin Valley Camp Host (see photo
with Sheldon Fence Crew announcement, above) on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge?
You get a place for your trailer, water and electricity and a $400/month stipend. The
refuge is looking for a camp host — to start mid-May.
Give them a call at (541) 947-3315 and dial 223 for Aaron Collins.
For details take a look at the
Host opportunities with the National Wildlife Refuge System
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Welcome aboard Katie LaCroix and Jose Witt
Katie LaCroix and Jose Witt are doing outstanding jobs as
Friends of Nevada Wilderness' southern Nevada wilderness volunteer coordinators.
With their help, 2011 has already gotten off to a rocking start
in southern Nevada:
With three days of restoration in Lovell Canyon where volunteers
hauled out 700 pounds of garbage.
One clean-up team at Lovell Canyon (c) Kurt Kuznicki
And bird watchers now have a new birdsong trail to hike in
the Desert National Wildlife Refuge thanks to more work from our volunteers.
New Birdsong Trail at Desert Wildlife Refuge (c) Kurt Kuznicki
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is also working with a Student
Conservation Crew to ensure all of southern Nevadas wilderness areas have
strong baseline data.
Thank you Katie and Jose for all your great work.
Get out your calendar and pencil in a Wild Nevada Adventure
or two for 2011. Below is just a sample of what awaits you in 2011.
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Upcoming volunteer projects and events
Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up lots of fun opportunities
to help your Nevada wildlands heal and prosper. Check out the next several trips
Friday, March 25 — Sunday, March 27 Soldier Meadows volunteer stewardship trip
Stewardship — A variety of projects to choose from including: repair
of the Smallwoods cabin, campsite cleanup and maintenance, trespass rehabilitation, and weed eradication.
Saturday, April 16 — Sunday, April 17 Black Rock Desert Spring Training
Stewardship — Learn how to gather data on desert springs, to keep them healthy.
Friday, May 27 — Monday, May 30 Black Rock Rendezvous - learn, work, eat!
Stewardship — Join Friends and other conservation partners for our annual
excursion to the Black Rock. Explore the desert, hear talks by local experts, give
back to the land on a stewardship project, then taste the winners of our annual Dutch
oven cooking contest. Family-friendly event for Memorial Day weekend.
Summer of Sheldon Several chances to help the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Stewardship — In the past, we've had fun with the Sheldon
Rendezvous. This year, instead of one giant day of restoration, we're giving you multiple
opportunities to join us in giving back to the pronghorn, sage grouse and other wildlife
on this most-majestic Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Same fun, same great food,
Pick one or many dates to join us on the Sheldon:
June 3-5 (Friday to Sunday),
June 23-26 (Thursday to Sunday),
July 22-24 (Friday to Sunday),
August 26-28 (Friday to Sunday).
Friday, August 19 — Sunday, August 21 North Black Rock Range
Wilderness - fence removal project
Stewardship — We've been working for years to get rid
of this old, down, ugly and dangerous fence. This is the final push to get it all
out in the wild and scenic North Black Rock Range.
Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18 National Public Lands Day -
several projects at several places
Stewardship — One of our biggest events of the year.
Mark your calendar. We'll have projects across the state.
Contact Friends at (775) 324-7667 or by email for
more information or to RSVP for a project.
More projects will be announced as they are scheduled. See
later emails and the
stewardship events page.
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