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Congressman Horsford introduces bill to protect Desert Refuge

November 7 – Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) introduced legislation to allow the U.S. Air Force to place vital training equipment for the Nevada Test and Training Range within small tracts of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. The bill would also permanently protect over 700,000 acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness to ensure those lands remain accessible for hunting, recreation, and wildlife management.

Sen. Cortez Masto proposes Wilderness in Desert Refuge

October 27, 2023 - As reported by the Nevada Independent, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has introduced legislation that would expand military use and conservation protections at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR), offering up a compromise that could balance both Air Force and environmentalist priorities in one of the few bills expected to pass in a dysfunctional Congress this year. The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Jacky Rosen. 

We need you NOW to Speak Up and Out to Keep Washoe Wild!

September 14, 2023 - The Washoe County Commission will take a critically important vote this Tuesday on a resolution encouraging Congress to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands with a permanent conservation designation.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area to Remain Closed

August 26, 2023 -Due to the historic flash flooding event associated with Tropical Storm Hillary, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest issued an Emergency Closure Order for the entireSpring Mountains National Recreation Area until further notice. Public safety is the highest priority for the Forest Service.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness crews make popular White’s Creek Trail safer, easier to use

August 22, 2023 – Staff and volunteers with Friends of Nevada Wilderness have wrapped up a multi-day project to improve White’s Creek Trail, making the highly-popular trail in the Mount Rose Wilderness much safer for hikers and equestrians.

Latino families invited to hike with Friends this weekend to observe Latino Conservation Week

July 19, 2023 - Friends of Nevada Wilderness invites Reno/Sparks area Latino families to hike the beautiful Jones-Whites Creek Trail this Saturday in celebration of Latino Conservation Week. The trail is a relatively level 1.7-mile loop, easy enough for the entire family. 

BLM needs more resources to properly manage public lands

June 16, 2023 - The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing nearly two-thirds of the land in Nevada, almost 48 million acres. Because these public lands are used in a variety of ways, proper management requires full staffing with a wide range of expertise and adequate planning tools. Unfortunately, BLM for too long has lacked the resources it needs and it's time for that to change as demands on the Bureau continue to grow. 

Friends supporters encouraged to attend Reno public hearing on critical new conservation rule

May 12, 2023Nevadans who support conservation of public lands are encouraged to attend the Bureau of Land Management’s open hearing on June 1 to urge adoption of a proposed new rule that will move conservation up on the list of priorities when making public land use decisions. Friends applauds BLM’s new emphasis on conservation in land use planning and joins groups throughout the West in encouraging public feedback. 

Truckee Meadows Public Lands Bill Draft Released

April 7, 2023Friends of Nevada Wilderness is grateful to Senator Jacky Rosen and her staff for today’s release of a working draft of the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act (TMPLMA), a proposal that contains significant new conservation measures for popular recreation areas, ancient cultural sites and wild lands in Washoe County.

Friends celebrates, stewards newest National Monument

March 21, 2023 - The designation of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument is a historical addition to the list of legacy public land designations in Nevada, according to the non-profit Friends of Nevada Wilderness.

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