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Thanks to NV Delegation for Stopping Military Expansion!

January 24, 2022 - Friends of Nevada Wilderness has joined more than a dozen other conservation and sportspersons organizations in sending a heartfelt thanks to Nevada’s Congressional delegation for once again denying a devastating military takeover of the eastern Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Desert is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska and is one of the last remaining vast expanses of habitat for hundreds of species, including the Desert Bighorn and the Desert Tortoise.  

Friends Aids Efforts to Remove Wildlife "Death Traps"

Reno Gazette Journal, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021If you run across a chunk of hollow PVC pipe driven into the ground in the Nevada wilderness, wildlife agencies and conservation groups ask that you remove it. You could be saving the life of a bird or small animal.

This Giving Tuesday Make An Impact & Support Our Trails!

This year Giving Tuesday donations to Friends of Nevada Wilderness will support our trails and the team that sustains them by providing funds to support them. The continued maintenance of your trails is an investment in future generations of hikers and outdoor explorations. Make your donation today!

Friends Receives National Recognition for Advocacy & Stewardship Programs

September 27, 2021 - On behalf of our small army of dedicated volunteers, Friends has accepted three awards so far in 2021 for our work advocating for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and our stewardship of wild lands in Nevada.

Friends Celebrates National Public Lands Day

Sept. 22, 2021While every day is a public lands day at Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the organization has planned three special projects to celebrate National and Nevada Public Lands Days this weekend.

“Stewardship is an everyday job at Friends,” said Executive Director Shaaron Netherton. “But National Public Lands Day is still a special time for us, knowing that thousands of volunteers across the country are out on their public lands caring for it and gaining new appreciation for it. We so appreciate all of our Nevada volunteers who have signed up to help us celebrate this weekend.”

Public Invited to Celebrate the Stars at Dark Sky Festival

Reno, NV. – The uniquely dark skies of Surprise Valley and the surrounding area will be celebrated August 6 & 7 in Cedarville, CA with a series of free events for the whole family to enjoy.

Biggest Conservation Bill in Nevada History Subject of Senate Hearing

June 24, 2021 - — Two important conservation bills championed by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto were considered in the United States Senate on June 16. The Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining heard testimony on the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act and the Ruby Mountains Protection Act.

Dark Skies Bill & 30x30 Initiative APPROVED!

Senate Bill 52, a bill to help promote and preserve Nevada's uniquely dark skies, moved through the Nevada Legislature with bipartisan support and has been signed by the Governor! It was championed by Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall and the new Nevada Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Thanks to all of you who logged on to the Legislature's website to voice your support for the bill - your action made a difference! 

The Pew Charitable Trusts Explains Support for Southern NV Conservation Bill

May 10, 2021 - The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, north of Las Vegas, is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states, with a classic Mojave Desert landscape featuring an abundance of Joshua trees, which grow only in the Mojave. Now the refuge, which was established in 1936 by Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Desert Game Range to protect the native desert bighorn sheep and their habitat, could gain permanent protection under the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act—the largest conservation bill introduced in the state’s history.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness Receives National Advocacy Award for Protecting Desert Refuge

April 15, 2021 – Friends of Nevada Wilderness Executive Director Shaaron Netherton and former Southern Nevada Director Jose Witt have received coveted national recognition for their advocacy of permanent protection for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Nevada.

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