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.
Recently, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act of 2016 (S. 3102), public lands legislation providing new opportunities for economic development throughout the county while promoting conservation. This bipartisan legislation is the result of an inclusive, grassroots-driven public process, including meetings, discussions, and visits with and between Pershing County officials and local residents.
The Pershing County Commission voted unanimously in support of a draft version of Senator Reid and Senator Heller's Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act. The vote followed a series of town hall meetings in Lovelock which initiated an open dialogue between various stakeholders throughout the County including wilderness advocates, ranchers, miners, and sportsmen and women. With the strong support of the Commissioners and a diverse group of stakeholders who came out to support the proposal, we expect the Act to be introduced into the Senate shortly.
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness to participate in fun and rewarding stewardship projects with volunteers all over Southern Nevada!
Nevada's wilderness trails provide opportunities to explore, experience solitude, breathe fresh air, and escape our stresses. You're invited to spend a fun weekend with us celebrating National Trails Day on June 4th. Be a part of the effort to take care of the places we all play!
Businesses in southern Nevada have been busy celebrating Earth Day! We joined Zappos for their annual Earth Day celebration, talking to dozens of employees about the need to permanently protect Gold Butte. Earlier this week, employees from various MGM Resorts joined us to pick up litter in Lovell Canyon. SH Architecture and Friends teamed up in Brownstone Basin to repair a barrier and take an interpretive hike.
Come see us at GREENFest in Downtown Summerlin this Saturday to join the fun!
Spring break usually conjures up thoughts of partying and sleeping in late. That was not the case for twelve college students who joined us for our sixth annual Alternative Spring Break. These intrepid students chose to spend the week stewarding and exploring the wilderness in southern Nevada, particularly Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon Wilderness area. We could not have been happier to spend the week at Lake Mead National Recreation Area with this amazing group of students and we would like to thank them for all of their hard work and efforts in making a big difference on southern Nevada's public lands. We'd also like to thank our partners - the National Park Service - and Barrick Gold for funding the project.
Wildfire recovery efforts are currently underway across northern Nevada. In the span of just two weekends, northern Nevada volunteers have already made a big difference for our public lands and the myriad of wildlife species that depend on them. These hard working volunteers have planted over 4,200 native seedlings, including bitterbrush and sagebrush, to regenerate wildlife habitat burned by wildfires.