June 29, 2012
Awesome volunteers, thats what!
These last weeks, Friends of Nevada Wilderness volunteers have
been rockin the state, making things better for native critters and recreating people
across Nevada. Here are some of their stories.
Anti-thistle army takes fight to Mt Rose Wilderness invaders
Volunteers pulled 8,000 invasive musk thistle plants in the Mt Rose Wilderness (c) Graham Stafford
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Stewardship Technician Renee Aldrich
led the charge against invasive musk thistle in the Mt. Rose Wilderness this June. During
the first battle, eight volunteers joined her in the Hunter Creek drainage,
and the team removed about 8,000 thistle plants, clearing 99% of the
project site of the noxious weed.
In late June, Renee led another four volunteers up
the Hunter Creek trail above the waterfall to remove another 8,000 thistles.
16,000 thistles in one month - wow! Way to hustle volunteers!
Thanks to Renees keen eye during a pre-project scouting trip,
the volunteers were also able to remove two patches of the noxious perennial
pepperweed from the area.
Pulling weeds makes it easier for native plants to grow
and provide forage for wildlife.
Renee, overseeing the anti-thistle army and volunteer with example uprooted thistle.
[Photos (c) Graham Stafford]
Members of the anti-thistle
army getting after those invaders. [Photos (c) Renee Aldrich]
A single musk thistle flower head can produce over 1,000 seeds
for the wind to disperse. Musk thistle seeds can germinate up to a decade after they
have fallen from the flower head, making them a particularly difficult species to
Friends of Nevada Wilderness has worked with the Forest Service
since 2007 to remove invasive weeds from the Mt. Rose Wilderness.
Email Renee for future opportunities
to join her anti-thistle army on Mt. Rose this season.
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The Zappos Family and KEEN Footwear helping Mt Charleston Wilderness
Volunteers from Zappos and KEEN gather after finishing work at the Lee Canyon recreation area (c) Jose Witt [click the image to see the rest of the photo]
The Zappos Family and KEEN Footwear teamed up with Friends of
Nevada Wilderness and the US Forest Service for the third annual Mt. Charleston clean-up
on Wednesday, June 20.
One hundred volunteers tackled heavily-used recreation
sites in Lee Canyon, about 40 minutes northwest of Las Vegas. Teams painted 53
picnic-table-and-bench sets, cleaned out 45 public barbecue grills, and removed 15
cubic yards of trash. They also scattered illegal fire rings and cleaned up five
miles of trail. Not bad for a day's work!
Kurt Kuznicki, Southern Nevada Program Director for Friends of
Nevada Wilderness, led the project, sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership.
Its our belief that if folks come out and see a freshly painted table and a beautiful
picnic area, theyll leave it that way.
Sprucing up the barbeque grills (c) Kurt Kuznicki
Its a great break-up to the work week you get out of the office
and get to help out, said Temple, who works with Zappos Development, Inc. in content.
Im super excited to come back next year!
The Zappos Family also presented Friends with a check for $5,000
to support our wilderness stewardship work.
Painting for a good cause is good fun (c) Kurt Kuznicki
We believe wholeheartedly in everyone being engaged, and doing
things for the greater good, and this is our opportunity to do it! said Shannon Roy,
Happiness Hippie for the Zappos Family.
Chris Enlow, who manages KEEN Footwears care and community
programs at the companys Portland headquarters, joined the volunteers. He had some great
news for Friends of Nevada Wilderness as well: each year, clean-up volunteers are treated
to a new pair of KEENs and a commemorative KEEN shirt. This year, over 30 volunteers
choose to forgo new shoes and instead donate the value to Friends of Nevada Wilderness,
allowing us to put those soles to work keeping Nevada wild.
A big "THANK YOU" goes out to the volunteers and management teams
of both Zappos and KEEN Footwear. You have so much fun while making big things happen!
Group wave from the Zappos Family and KEEN Footwear volunteers and Mt. Charleston (c) Darcy Shepard
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A better Lye Creek campground experience
The Lye Creek project volunteers.
Volunteers joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness in the Santa Rosa
Range to prep Lye Creek campground for Nevada Outdoor Schools kid-oriented Summer
Adventure Camp II next week.
Lye Creek campground tables get a good prepping.
The team sanded and prepped 14 picnic tables, which 6th-8th grade
Adventure Camp participants will paint between July 9th and 14th. The Adventure Camp
aims to build kids confidence by introducing them to outdoor recreation opportunities
Clearing a mile of fence in a very beautiful part of Nevada.
Volunteers also constructed 50 feet and cleaned up one mile of
the fence encircling Lye Creek campground, protecting campers from grazing cattle and
Clearing a campground path.
This project was necessary to prepare the area for the [Adventure
Camp students] to do their stewardship project, said Brenna Archibald, an AmeriCorps
volunteer with Friends and NOS who led the project.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness and
Nevada Outdoor School have teamed up to bring stewardship and education opportunities
to northern Nevada youth since 2005.
Taking safety seriously
Safety before all else.
Before the start of every project, Friends of Nevada Wilderness'
team leader makes sure all volunteers are versed in tool safety and
how to keep themselves and others safe on the job.
All photos used in this story are (c) Graham Stafford.
Thank you for your great work, Graham.
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Twived and Received! Thank You!
Folks showed their love of wild Nevada hiking trails on June 14
during Twive and Receive, a 24-hour, nationwide giving competition. Your donations, which
totaled over $2,000, placed Friends of Nevada Wilderness at 40th nationwide and number 1
The money will go directly towards wild-country, trail-maintenance,
stewardship projects with our seasonal crew on the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation
Trail and training for our volunteers. Stay tuned for class dates and opportunities
to build your stewardship skills.
Thank you, everyone, for your donations to
improve wildland recreation opportunities in Nevada.
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Making some room to roam on the Sheldon Refuge
Sheldon pronghorn antelope (c) Julie Granada
And if you havent yet seen it, check out Associate Director
Brian Befforts story about
crew pulling barbed-wire fence to help wildlife on the Sheldon Refuge. It appeared in the
June 21 issue of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
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Kids get wilderness education
This spring, with the help of our awesome SCA Interns, Friends
took wilderness education programs to 7 schools in the Clark County School District.
We visited 23 classrooms and taught 803 students!
In these programs we focus on: What is wilderness? Why is it
important? We also introduced the students to the wilderness areas in their own backyard.
Everybody had lots of fun.
Marie Quezada with her Gold Butte project (c) Katie Sanchez
On June 9th, we, along with about 100 kids and their families,
participated in the REI Family Adventure Program Kick-Off in Henderson.
At this event, we had the pleasure of meeting Marie Quezada,
a local CCSD student and Junior Girl Scout. Marie, having learned about Gold Butte
during a school activity earlier this year, was inspired . . . to research the area for
her 5th grade capstone project. She brought her project to the REI event to show off what
a special place Gold Butte is. Great job Marie! Kids like her remind
us of how bright the future is.
And . . . coming up this summer
Friends of Nevada Wilderness will
partner with the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada for a 3-day day-camp focusing on
wilderness in southern Nevada.
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Girl Scouts meet old Wild Nevada calendars
Girls from across northern Nevada descended on Reno's Rancho San
Rafael for the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Round Up, a 100-year anniversary
celebration of the organization.
Friends joined the party on June 23 to teach the Girl Scouts
an environmentally-friendly craft: how to make repurposed greeting cards and envelopes
from outdated calendars. The scouts created, and took home, lots of brand new greeting
cards with envelopes.
Friends also provided instructions and templates to scout
leaders and teachers so their troops can start off 2013 the green way by repurposing
their old calendars.
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You are invited to Desert Conference XXVI
Education, Inspiration, and Collaboration for Deserts of the
Great Basin and Beyond
When: September 20-22, 2012
Where: Bend, Oregon
the conference poster.
You are invited to join the Oregon Natural Desert Association
(ONDA) and fellow conservation organizations for the 26th Desert Conference. ONDA and
Friends of Nevada Wilderness are proud to bring back this important event, sponsored
by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Sierra Club. Since 1978, Desert Conference has
served to bring together, inspire and educate those who care about the high desert of
the Great Basin and beyond. The conference provides a forum for land-managers,
conservation organizations, academics and advocates alike to educate and inspire one
another, and collaborate on critical desert issues.
Panel topics include: Sage-grouse management and conservation,
beaver recovery and stream restoration, public lands stewardship, renewable energy and
habitat conservation, and much more.
Desert Conference XXVI will take place where the sagebrush sea
meets the mountains in idyllic Bend, Oregon. The
and Scenic Film Festival will kick off the conference on the evening of September
20th and panels will run September 21st and 22nd. This years conference features honored
poet Ursula K. Le Guin, acclaimed author and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Kathleen
Dean Moore, music by local bluegrass band Truck Stop Gravy, plus panels on topics covering
a variety of desert issues.
here for more information and to REGISTER.
We hope you will join us for this informative and fun-filled event!
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