February 1, 2023 - NV Energy Foundation has received the coveted “Corporate Sponsor of the Year” award from Friends of Nevada Wilderness in recognition of the company’s generous financial support of the non-profit’s stewardship and outreach programs.
January 13, 2023 - Friends of Nevada Wilderness has signed on to a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management Winnemucca District for allowing Ormat Technologies, Inc. to proceed with drilling 19 exploratory geothermal wells adjacent to the town of Gerlach.
Dec. 23, 2022 - Today, President Biden signed into law H.R.7776 - James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. This bill, which was approved by both the House and Senate earlier in the month designed more than 182,000 acres of new Wilderness Area, marking the first time since 2014 that new Wilderness has been added to the previous inventory of 3.4 million acres in Nevada. The new Wilderness areas are the Clan Alpine Mountains (128,362 in Churchill County), the Desatoya Mountains (40,303 acres in Churchill and Lander Counties), and the Cain Mountain Wilderness Area (14,050 acres in Churchill and Lander Counties).
In addition, Congress created the Numunaa Nobe National Conservation Area which encompasses much of the Stillwater Range and the Numu Newe Special Management Area to help protect important cultural values. In total there are more than 500,000 acres of new conservation protections.
So many volunteers and so little time!
Friends of Nevada Wilderness honored its outstanding volunteers and supporters at the annual Wingding at Rancho San Rafael Friday night, but didn’t have time to read off the names of every person who donated time, money and energy in 2022.
Nov. 30, 2022 - The pending designation of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument will be a historic addition to the list of legacy public land designations in Nevada, according to the non-profit Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of this act announced by the Biden Administration,” said Friends Executive Director Shaaron Netherton. “Permanent protection of this place expresses reverence for cultural antiquity and the spiritual power this land will always hold for Indigenous people.”
Thanks to many generous donors who love Nevada's wild lands, we received over $32,000 towards our Truck Match Fund - surpassing our goal by $4,000 - for a total of $60,000 with the additional matching grant of $28,000!
October 6, 2022 - Friends of Nevada Wilderness has submitted formal comments asking the Bureau of Land Management to deny plans by Ormat to drill for and subsequently build an industrial scale geothermal project abutting the town of Gerlach and valuable public lands. The comments were submitted in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD).
Thanks to a generous foundation match of $28,000, Friends will be able to keep the wheels turning for our northern Nevada stewardship program - but only if we raise an additional $28,000 before the end of October to match this wonderful gift!
September 3, 2022 - The anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act on Sept. 3 is a good time to remind ourselves of what we mean when we talk about “Wild Nevada.” Just what is that, anyway?
August 25, 2022 - Nearly 150 people gathered in Cedarville, CA, August 19 & 20 to celebrate the starry skies in and surrounding the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area and International Dark Sky Sanctuary.