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!
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.
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.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Congresswoman Dina Titus have just introduced the single largest conservation bill in Nevada history, The Southern Nevada Economic Development & Conservation Act (SNEDCA). The bill would designate more than 1.6 million acres of new Wilderness, including 1.3 acres in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, which has been the top priority at Friends for many years.
Help us! Senate Bill 52 (SB52), a bill to help promote and preserve Nevada's uniquely dark skies, is moving quickly through the Nevada Legislature and we need you to act now to help make sure it passes!
Tell our Nevada State Legislators how much dark sky conservation means to you. Supporters can submit their opinion here - and provide all the requested information. (Make sure to select SB52)
Legislators look at these results! You are also encouraged to make one-on-one contact with your own representatives by email. Find out who your state Senator and Assemblymember are, then shoot them a quick email thanking them for supporting SB52 and preserving Nevada’s amazing dark skies! And thank YOU for taking action today!
While the vast majority of publicly-owned lands in Nevada are managed by the federal government (the primary focus of Friends of Nevada Wilderness), the State government can also play very important roles in helping to conserve all public lands, state and federal. The Governor and legislators have a strong voice in reinforcing their constituents’ desire to conserve public lands, as they did with these resolutions and this letter opposing military expansions. The State can partner with federal agencies to help stretch public investments in conservation. And the State manages critical wildlife habitat and a number of wonderful public parks that provide accessible and diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Pump your fuel at Sierra Car Care in Reno on Wednesdays during the month of January to help Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Part of every gallon pumped will be donated to Friends of Nevada Wilderness as their charity of the month for January 2021. Help us fuel our mission!
A broad coalition of conservationists, Native Americans, sportsmen and women, elected officials and others are celebrating the Congressional vote today that denies the U.S. military its long sought-after expansions of two major facilities in Nevada, at the Fallon Naval Air Station and the Nellis Test and Training Range.
In passing the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress instead approved language that maintains both facilities at their current size for the next 25 years. All six members of the Nevada Congressional delegation voted in favor of the NDAA with no military expansions.
With the number of people choosing to opt outside skyrocketing, it is no surprise that our public lands are suffering. The pandemic and shutdown have many people heading to nature for healing and solace while, for much of the year, organizations like Friends have been unable to lead volunteer projects leaving public lands suffering as a result. Lucky for us, there are several individuals who go above and beyond for public lands. These anonymous stewards have been filling in gaps and you should join them.
The second week of October is dedicated to the celebration of America’s National Wildlife Refuges. These ecological safe-houses are the life vein for many species of plants and animals who would die out without these protective borders. The National Wildlife Refuge System was created to be a “national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of the present and future generations of Americans." Many Americans live near refuges but few know why they exist, how they work or what are the benefits. Let's take a closer look.