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National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte, September 29 [Your invitation]

Columbus Day at the Hunter Creek trailhead, October 8 (Reno) [Your invitation]

Mount Rose monitoring hike, October 13 [Your invitation]

Trails: better, safer, more enjoyable!

National Public Lands Day(s) in Northern Nevada!

Friends enjoys Dutch-oven victory!

Girl Power!

Upcoming events and volunteer projects

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September 28, 2012

National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte, September 29 You are invited!

photo: Joshua trees and smaller cacti and shrubs dot the rugged, arid landscape of rocky mountains and flats of Whitney Pockets in Gold Butte (c) Brian Beffort
Whitney Pockets area in Gold Butte (c) Brian Beffort

In the spirit of National Public Lands Day, some of the many folks who love Gold Butte are getting together to do a variety of service projects in and around the Whitney Pockets area of Gold Butte. This event is open to adults, seniors, groups and families (There is an activity for folks of all ages and abilities). The projects include: picking up litter, installing a kiosk and signs, planting native plants, and monitoring roads and trails.

This event is brought to you by Friends of Nevada Wilderness and the Bureau of Land Management, Las Vegas Field Office and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

If you want to make a difference and want to show support for a wild Gold Butte, join us for Public Lands Day. Please call Kurt Kuznicki for more details (775) 745-3119.

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Columbus Day at the Hunter Creek trailhead, October 8 (Reno) You are invited!

sticker: posterized Mt Rose photo with text: Mt Rose Wilderness is my backyard
Our new stickers are available for volunteers and for sale.
Contact: Alli Harvey or (775) 324-7667

Calling all Friends of Nevada Wilderness in and around Reno! Join us this Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 to get the word out to local hikers about Mount Rose Wilderness.

We will be tabling at the Michael D. Thompson (Hunter Creek) trailhead, 10am to 5pm, and we'd love your help handing out coffee and cocoa while talking wilderness! Shifts are very flexible.

If you want to take a hike up to the falls, it's 7 miles (round trip) and well worth it.

For more information and to RSVP, please get in touch with Alli at [email protected] or (775) 324-7667.

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Mount Rose monitoring hike, October 13
You are invited!

photo: Mount Rose enthusiast holds Friends of Nevada Wilderness banner in view overlooking Lake Tahoe (c) Sam Coleman
Join Friends as we help to protect our backyard wilderness on Mt. Rose. (c) Sam Coleman

Calling long-distance hikers and Mount Rose Wilderness enthusiasts! We need to get out there and explore before the snow falls. Join us for a fun, difficult, and gorgeous late-fall hike to some of Mount Rose’s lesser explored, but extremely worthwhile corners. Help us get a better sense of the wilderness quality and potential.

RSVP to Alli at [email protected] or Renee at [email protected] or call (775) 324-7667.

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Trails: Better, Safer, More Enjoyable!

After years of neglect and overgrowth, the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail is open and ready for you to enjoy — thanks to your support and a hard-working trail crew.

Friends recently completed the first year of a two-year trail-maintenance program in and around the Arc Dome Wilderness area. Nick Szewczak, Shawna Kelley, Dave Puritz, Ari Schwartz, Miles Gallagher, and Jen Callahan spent an intense-but-rewarding three months tromping around Nevada’s longest mountain range.

Along the way, they fixed erosion problems to keep the trail stable, removed hazard trees, pruned back encroaching vegetation and improved habitat, views and navigation by erasing unneeded, redundant routes.

photo: three Friends' trail-crew members strike mountain-ninja poses at end of work day (c) Nick Szewczak
Secretly trained by mountain ninjas, Friends’ trail crew members return to the source of their power after a busy day of work. (c) Nick Szewczak

The crew maintained 32 miles of trails on the Austin-Tonopah Ranger District this summer, but we are especially proud of the work they accomplished on the North/South Twin Connector, on the southeast side of Arc Dome and the Toiyabes. This stunning 15-mile loop hike through the Arc Dome Wilderness was in dire need of maintenance and clearing. Now the trail is open and would be an excellent choice for a nice night or two in the heart of the Great Basin.

The trail crew is still working: at the beginning of September, the crew headed north to work on the Summit trail on the Santa Rosa Ranger District. In addition to their trail work, they will also focus on sections of the trail that were burned during the Hanson fire, which burned over 1,000 acres of the Santa Rosa/Paradise Peak Wilderness in August. The crew will work until the end of October or when the snow begins to fly.

Backcountry trails are an essential part of the wilderness experience, and Friends’ trails program helps hunters, equestrians and hikers enjoy well-cared-for paths leading to your next grand adventure.

Our trails program would not be helping to take care of our public lands if it was not for the following funders: The Secure Rural Schools Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) of Nye, White Pine and Humboldt counties, the Nevada State Recreational Trails Program, the National Forest Foundation, and caring members like you.

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National Public Lands Day(s) in Northern Nevada!

Each year in September, land-management agencies across the country invite citizens to celebrate our nation’s public lands through service and stewardship. This year, more than 170,000 people like you participated in 2,100 clean-ups and restoration projects across the country . . . including a few in northern Nevada.

On September 15, more than 30 volunteers joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Nevada Outdoor School and the US Forest Service to work in the Santa Rosa Ranger District near Paradise Valley.

Efforts on the project included barbed-wire fence pulling in Mullinix Creek. Students from the Wildlife Society Club at UNR also learned how to monitor range developments (troughs, fences, etc).

photo: woman and man prepare pasta in outdoor kitchen to feed hungry volunteers (c) Brian Beffort
Pasta Patrol! Friends’ Alli and Wes cookin’ up a heaping helping of pasta to feed hungry volunteers after pulling fence in the Santa Rosas. (c) Brian Beffort

On September 22, another 30 volunteers ventured out to care for National Conservation Lands of the dusty Black Rock playa with Friends, the BLM and Nevada Outdoor School.

While some of the volunteers cleaned up the heavily impacted Trego Hot Springs to protected sensitive habitat from vehicles, other volunteers ventured into the most-scenic Lavabeds to monitor the health of the springs out there.

Both projects were family friendly, and the children that attended participated in educational Kids Camps with the Nevada Outdoor School. Campers made new friends, played outdoor games, cooked with solar ovens and learned about their public lands. Friends of Nevada Wilderness appreciates the great work Nevada Outdoor School does to bring stewardship and education to kids across northern Nevada since 2005.

photo: a woman and child sit by a muddy spring to fill out a spring-monitoring form (c) Brian Beffort
Volunteer Alyson Smyth helps Marco Perez fill out a spring-monitoring form and understand why it’s important to protect the sensitive water sources of the desert. (c) Brian Beffort

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Friends enjoys Dutch-oven victory!

Everyone who attended NPLD in the Black Rock enjoyed one of the tastiest potluck dinners in memory, fueled by wonderful dishes cooked up by more than a dozen contestants in the annual Dutch-oven cook-off.

Congratulations to Friends’ Associate Director Brian Beffort for his first-place Thai chicken curry and to Renee Aldrich, Friends’ Stewardship Technician for her first-place finish for her delicious cornbread. Friends’ star volunteer Adam Willet won first place for his bread pudding with pumpkin from his garden.

Here’s Brian’s prize-winning recipe: Thai Chicken Curry

2 shallots
1 stalk lemon grass
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1 cup chicken stock
1 inch of galangal (Thai ginger)
4 kaffir lime leaves
6 bird’s eye chilis, bruised (or more to taste)
4 boneless breasts of chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup green beans, chopped
1-2 tablespoons red curry paste (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons fish sauce (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons sour tamarind soup base (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 20-oz can of coconut milk
1 fresh lime
1 bunch Thai basil, chopped

Peel shallots and slice into thin rings.
Thinly slice the lemongrass, from thin end until it starts to get thick and woody.
Bruise the lime leaves and chilis.
Cut the galangal into thin slices

Heat the oil to medium heat in the Dutch oven, then add shallots and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add lemongrass, lime leaves, chilis and galangal. Let them simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors out.

Then add the chicken stock and chicken pieces and let it all simmer for a few minutes. Then add coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce and soup base. Cook all this at a low boil for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

Add the red peppers, green beans and Thai basil, cook for 5 more minutes. Adjust your flavors. Squeeze lime into it. Sprinkle the remaining Thai basil and serve over rice. This recipe will serve 4 to 6.

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Girl Power!

photo: Jesy and Allison show some Brownies how to make cool gift cards out of old calendars (c) Katie Sanchez
Jesy and Allison show some Brownies how to make cool gift cards out of old calendars. (c) Katie Sanchez

On September 15, Friends’ southern Nevada crew helped the Girl Scouts celebrate their centennial by participating in the World of Girls – 100th Birthday Bash at Cashman Center. More than 2,000 girls and their families attended, filling the day with laughter, music, and fun.

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You are invited: events and wilderness volunteer projects

Friends of Nevada Wilderness offers up lots of fun opportunities to help your Nevada wildlands heal and prosper.

September 29   Cow Camp post-and-cable fence installation (Desert National Wildlife Refuge - just north of Las Vegas.) - email Jose or call (702) 203-1720.

September 29   National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte - Projects for all ages and abilities. (Gold Butte area - 2 hours east of Las Vegas.) - email Kurt or call (775) 745-3119.

October 1 - 4   Muddy Mountains Wilderness restoration project (Just east of Las Vegas. - email Jose or call (702) 203-1720.

October 6   Southern Nevada Trails Day Celebration (at Henderson - 9am to 1pm - FAMILY FRIENDLY).

October 8   Columbus Day at the Hunter Creek trailhead (just outside Reno - 10am to 5pm) - email Alli or call (775) 324-7667.

October 12 - 13   Gold Butte Days Festival (at Mesquite - FAMILY FRIENDLY) - For more info call (702) 346-2902.

October 13   Plant natives at Corn Creek (Desert National Wildlife Refuge - just north of Las Vegas.) - email Jose or call (702) 203-1720.

October 13   Mount Rose monitoring hike (Mt Rose - just outside Reno. STRENUOUS HIKE) - email Alli. or call (775) 324-7667.

October 16 - 17   Phinney Canyon road naturalization (Death Valley Wilderness - 3 to 4 hours northwest of Las Vegas.) - email Jose or call (702) 203-1720.

October 22 - 26   Muddy Mountains restoration days (Muddy Mountains Wilderness - just east of Las Vegas.) - email Jose or call (702) 203-1720.

New projects will be announced in later emails. See also the stewardship events page.