Hundreds of wilderness and wildlife activists submitted comments today in response to a recent proposal from the Air Force to expand the Nevada Test and Training Range and seize over 300,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Beloved by Americans for its wild Mojave Desert landscapes, thriving desert bighorn sheep populations, and close proximity to Las Vegas, the proposal ignited hundreds to act in order to save this wild gem of southern Nevada.
Residents around Washoe County have been asking for a lands bill for Washoe County that is balanced and protects parks, open space, and wilderness. The Washoe County Commission will be holding a final open house for the Washoe public lands proposal. They want to hear your vision for the future of Washoe County. Please join us on November 2nd and make your voice heard!
This week, the Mother of Nevada Wilderness passed away. In remembrance, the Friends of Nevada Wilderness Board of Directors issued the following statement,
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our founding members, Marge Sill. Marge served on the Board of Directors of Friends of Nevada Wilderness for 32 continuous years, rarely missing a meeting. Marge was an activist for the cause of wilderness and we would like to acknowledge her significant contribution to wildlands and wilderness in Nevada. She directly contributed to the protection of each of Nevada’s 70 Wilderness areas.
Next week speak out against a proposal that would expand military training ground into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and essential Bighorn Sheep habitat.
Friends volunteers helped reopen South Loop trail for National Public Lands Day 2016!
This week, the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act received its first hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The hearing, coupled with Senator Heller, Senator Reid, and BLM Director Neil Kornze's testimonies, mark important steps in the legislative process toward this bill becoming a reality.
Washoe County is hosting an open house for the public to learn more about the Washoe County Public Lands Bill on Friday, September 16th and Monday September 19th. Join us and make your voice heard to protect wilderness and open spaces!
The Wilburforce Foundation awarded Shaaron Netherton the "Conservation Leadership" award yesterday in honor of her continued commitment, leadership, and passion for protecting Nevada's public lands. Since 2000, Shaaron has built Friends of Nevada Wilderness from a staff of one to fourteen, initiated a robust stewardship program, and contributed to the designation of countless Nevada wilderness areas.
Escape the heat of summer by spending Labor Day Weekend in Table Mountain Wilderness! We'll be protecting habitat for the sensitive, striking, and charismatic Greater Sage-Grouse!
This Wednesday, the City of Reno passed the resolution to support the Washoe County public lands bill process. The City joins the Washoe County Commission and the City of Sparks in support of finding a balance between conservation and smart economic development. Thank you to our committed wilderness advocates who sent in comments, phone calls, and attended the meeting. With the full support and participation of Northern Nevada City and County stakeholders, it is now time for all of us to work together to develop a strong well-rounded bill.