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.
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.