August 30, 2012
Reid supports wilderness in Lyon County! You can too!
Senator Harry Reid announced last week that he will support a
land-transfer bill for the city of Yerington considered a major cog in the
revitalization of Lyon Countys copper mining industry if it includes the
establishment of a wilderness area.
Ancient cottonwoods along the East Walker River and stunning views of the Sweetwater Mountains can be found in the proposed Wovoka Wilderness in Lyon County. (c) Brian Beffort
This means the proposed Wovoka Wilderness could receive the
permanent protection it deserves. Named after the Native American spiritual leader
who was born and raised in this area, long-supported by caring locals in Lyon County,
and located at the southern stretch of the Pine Grove Hills between Wellington and
Bridgeport, this area includes world-class fly-fishing along the East Fork Walker
River, sage grouse and bighorn habitat and sensitive archaeological resources that
are threatened by expanding off-road vehicle use.
You can help the proposed Wovoka Wilderness get the
highest protection public land can receive Congressional wilderness designation.
Please take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to call or write Senator Reid and thank
him for supporting wilderness in Lyon County
Reid's contact information here).
You may also read a Reno Gazette-Journal article about the proposal.
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Help Mt. Rose with your gift of gab this Saturday, 9/1
You are invited!
have these brand new stickers available for volunteers and for sale.
Contact: Alli Harvey or (775) 324-7667
Are you proud of the incredible wilderness area located so close
to urban Reno? Do you want to meet people from all walks of life who love Mt. Rose as
much as you do? Do you want to inspire others to join Friends of Nevada Wilderness?
Join us this weekend at Mt. Rose!
This Saturday, September 1st, Friends of Nevada Wilderness
volunteers will head up to the Mt. Rose trailhead to make friends with other
trail users and meet potential new members. We'll have cookies, lemonade, stickers,
and info about who we are and what we do. It's supposed to be a beautiful Labor Day
weekend, and we anticipate a busy hiking day, and lots of opportunities to sign people
One crew will be stationed up at the wilderness boundary
about 3 miles in, and another crew will be at the trailhead. Whether you are
up for the challenge of packing cookies, lemonade and lightweight tabling materials
up to the boundary, or would like to be the first to offer something cold to a thirsty
hiker at the trailhead, your help would be fantastic.
We'll be there from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Volunteer shifts are
If you cannot make this one, please consider
these upcoming trips.
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Sweating but smiling in southern Nevada
It has been a hot summer in southern Nevada, but the leaves
are beginning to change from green to gold in the Mt Charleston Wilderness, and cooler
temps are on their way.
The cooling weather allows us to get back out to some of our
favorite places. Friends' southern Nevada crew has lined up some fun, rewarding
volunteer projects for you this fall: restoration and trail building in the Muddy Mountains and
the Death Valley Triangle; floating down the Colorado River, removing tamarisk;
removing obsolete water tanks in the Bridge Canyon Wilderness, and great National
Public Lands Day projects in Desert National Wildlife Refuge and in Gold Butte.
Each of these projects, and more, is listed in the trips below,
and on Friends'
Friends offers projects for all ages and abilities, so please
roll up your sleeves, pitch in and help keep southern Nevada Wild. We cannot do this
important work without your help and support. And keep your eyes open for more trips,
which well post as our plans come together.
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Wildfires challenge wilderness health
A wall of smoke and flame shows the Lost Fire raging across the land (c) Bruce Van Dyke
Speaking of wildfires, August was a tense month, as northwest
Nevada was pounded by fires, affecting habitat for sage grouse and other animals.
Lost Fire: Burned near Wall Canyon WSA and into the High
Rock Canyon and Little High Rock Canyon Wilderness areas (61,541 acres);
Rush Fire: Burned a number of WSAs along the CA/NV border
totaling 315,577 acres;
Hanson Fire: Burned a little into the Santa Rosa Wilderness
and other FS and BLM lands near Paradise Valley;
Holloway Fire: Burned Disaster Peak WSA and extensive
sage-grouse habitat with its 461,000 acres roughly divided between OR and NV.
Its too early to tell whether these fires were fast, relatively
cool and potentially healthy for the land, or whether they were too hot and potentially
destructive to native plant communities and wildlife habitat. In order to make sure these
areas recover their health (and not get overrun by cheat grass or other invasive species),
they are going to need extensive rehabitilation. We will be asking our volunteers
to help with seed collection, erosion stabilization projects and spring seedling
planting. Stay tuned.
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BLM summer wilderness inventory crew 2012
As the longest day of the year brought the sun to its
northern standstill high over the deserts of Nevada, Friends finished outfitting two
trucks for a season of wilderness inventory work in the BLM Battle Mountain district.
Four intrepid crew members drove their trucks into the wilds of Esmeralda and Nye
counties to investigate a half-million acres and document the wilderness characteristics
and potential of these arid and remote lands.
Lonely, but beautiful, country in the Confusion Hills, east of Morey Peak (c) Kirk Peterson
Working conditions and weather varied as wildly as the
land itself from sweltering, 106-degree days to a century-event thunderstorm that
closed highways US 95 and US 6 and completely eradicated routes the crews had documented
only days before.
The crew members brought a wealth of experience, knowledge,
and diverse perspectives to their work. But after work, as they settled in for a
magnificent sunset or secured their camp against a sudden thunderstorm, the topics of
wilderness, solitude, and unconfined recreation filtered through their evening
conversations like the last rays of the setting sun sift through a pinyon pine forest.
A love of wilderness and an opportunity to ensure that future generations will never
know a world without wilderness united these crews into a dedicated and effective work force.
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Sheldon fence-pulling success
Monument to scrap - one of many piles of fencing removed from the Sheldon (c) Caleb Burke
Volunteers and Friends field crew achieved Herculean success
by removing most of the remaining barbed-wire fence that threatened pronghorn, sage
grouse and other wildlife. Unfortunately, summer wildfires shut down our operations.
Our final fence-pull will be rescheduled for a later date well keep you posted as
our plans form.
Until then, read about our success in the most recent Nevada
And here are a few words of appreciation from our partners at
the Fish and Wildlife Service:
I wanted to pass along this great article and give a huge
thanks to Friends of Nevada Wilderness, who have been front and center in this great
effort to restore Sheldon NWR, and to all the other partners and individuals who have
donated weekends, money, and quite a few pairs of gloves and jeans (and they proudly
show off the scars to prove it!).
With the friendships, discovery of nature and wild places,
and the passion for conservation the many outings have fosteredthe benefits of
course go far beyond the rolls of barbed wire.
Aaron Collins, Park Ranger/Outdoor Recreation Planner,
Sheldon-Hart Mtn. NWR Complex
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Register today for Desert Conference XXVI
September 20-22, 2012
The 26th Desert Conference, hosted by Oregon Natural Desert
Association (ONDA) and sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Sierra Club,
is less than a month away!
Reserve your spot today
and join land managers, conservation organizations, academics and desert advocates
for a weekend of education and inspiration.
and Scenic Film Festival will open the event on Thursday, September 20th at the
Old Stone Church in Bend, followed by panels on Friday and Saturday covering a variety
of desert issues. Stretch your legs and breathe in the fall air on one of several
guided hikes Saturday afternoon.
the agenda for a full
event schedule (Note: you have to scroll down the page to find their "Draft Agenda" link).
It wouldn't be Desert Conference without a lineup of expert
panelists, distinguished speakers, (among them Kathleen
Dean Moore and Ursula K. Le Guin) and an opportunity to mingle with guest and friends while enjoying
Your $50 registration fee gives you access to all panels,
speakers, guided hikes and social events. Discounted hotel rates are now available.
for more information and to REGISTER. We hope you can join us!
View the conference poster.
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