September 25, 2018 – While political wrangling continues at the highest levels of government over whether Nevada will receive federal emergency funds to restore vast swaths of rural lands ravaged by wildfire, the Friends of Nevada Wilderness is rolling up its sleeves in an effort to begin restoring sensitive riparian areas damaged by the Martin Fire along the North Fork of the Little Humboldt River. At nearly 435,000 acres, the Martin Fire that began in early July is the largest single fire in Nevada history.
Sept. 11, 2018 - The Reno Gazette Journal has posted two new online stories about Washoe County's disastrous public lands proposal. Friends of Nevada Wilderness urges our supporters to write letters to the editor and contact your county commissioners to explain why you oppose the proposal. We must keep up the pressure to tell policy makers to abandon this proposal and start the discussion anew, using a process that values all stakeholders equally.
July 31, 2018 - The Friends of Nevada Wilderness has received a generous gift of $25,000 from legendary musician Paul Simon, a long-time supporter of conservation and other charitable causes.
Good news in the fight to protect the Desert National Wildlife Refuge from a military takeover. Last night the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act were reconciled and eliminated the threat of transferring a vast portion of the Desert Refuge to the military. We now await the military to produce their Final report this fall. For more information about this issue, click here.
July 16, 2018 - Lovers of good food and the great outdoors are invited to The Grove on Friday, August 10, 2018, for a fun and flavor-filled evening benefiting Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Wraps Up First Half of 2018 Field Work; Volunteers generate nearly $150,000 in in-kind trail work
July 2, 2018 – Tens of thousands of weeds pulled, miles of trail cleared and repaired, bags of trash picked up, retaining walls built, boundaries marked, and campsites cleaned – all of that and more was accomplished in the first six months of the Friends Stewardship Program’s field season.
Deidre Wolownick climbed El Capitan in Yosemite’s Wilderness on October 31, 2017 at age 66, becoming the oldest woman on record to make that climb. She spoke about her preparation and the climb itself at an event at the Reno Patagonia outlet store on June 14, just days after her son Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell blasted the speed record on El Cap, June 5thclimbing the 3,000 Nose route in 2 hours, 1 minute and 53 seconds.
Reno, Nevada (June 4, 2018) – Friends of Nevada Wilderness has extended the deadline for submitting photos for the 2019 Wild Nevada calendar to 5 pm on Friday, June 22. The popular calendar features stunning professional and amateur photos that showcase Nevada’s most wild and scenic places.
Each year, people all across the country set out on trails in celebration of National Trails Day. For National Trails Day 2018, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, the trails community is uniting to improve 2,802 miles of trail – the distance across the US – in a single day! To celebrate National Trails Day, Friends of Nevada Wilderness will rally together on June 2nd to improve trails north and south. Lace up your hiking boots to join us in the effort to leave the trail better than we found it!
Sunday, May 20th, marks 82 years since Franklin D. Roosevelt designated the then Desert Game Range protecting 2.25 million acres of unique desert habitat just 25 miles north of Las Vegas. This stamped out a home for not only the desert bighorn but over 800 species of plants and animals who reside within the Refuge. Now called the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, it is still the largest roadless area in Nevada and the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states. Yet today, more than ever, access to the Desert Refuge is being threatened and could be lost if we don’t take action.