Happy World Wildlife Day!
Nevada's Big Give
Donate anytime before or on March 10th!
On March 10th, Nevadans will come together for an annual day of giving during Nevada's Big Give
. This 24 hour online giving event is one extraordinary day in which you can make a real
impact—every donation you make gives us the chance to win financial prizes while also furthering our mission to keep Nevada wild. In addition, each donation made on Nevada's Big Give will be doubled due to several generous donors agreeing to match dollar for dollar up to $7,000!
All donations made on Nevada's Big Give will help us raise necessary funds to support our wilderness trail crews who will be out-on-the ground this summer keeping the trails you love in good working order. This year, our crews will be working across northern and central Nevada in the following wilderness areas - Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak, Jarbidge, Arc Dome, Alta Toquima, Table Mountain, High Schells, Mt. Moriah, and Mt. Charleston. In addition, they will be completing extensive work on the Toiyabe Crest Trail, one of Nevada's crown jewel multi-day trails. Built in the 1930's, the TCT has fallen into considerable disrepair but you can help us get it back into tip top shape! We’ve been able to fund much of the trail crew costs through grants but we need your help to fund the grant matching and auxiliary costs currently not covered, such as gear and tools, which are necessary to get the work done. Your support will help our trail crew go the extra mile so you can too!
One of the main benefits of donating to Friends of Nevada Wilderness on Nevada's Big Give is helping us leverage your donation to earn additional prizes! The Razoo Foundation will be issuing prizes throughout the day to winners of categories like "Most Unique Donors" and "Most Dollars Raised", as well as randomly issuing "Golden Ticket" prizes of $250. In addition, there will be four power hour prizes awarded during the day, each at $500! Our power hour will be from 1pm-2pm.
If you are able to, please consider donating during our Power Hour from 1pm-2pm. If not, any time and any amount during March 10th will help!
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is the perfect opportunity for college students to get involved on public lands!
March 20th-24th, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Later this month, we will be partnering with the National Park Service to host our sixth annual Alternative Spring Break! All college students are welcome to join us in this amazing multi-day project to camp, hike, and complete important restoration projects in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Attendees will improve vital desert habitat in Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon Wilderness areas, indulge in gourmet camp fare, hear from local experts on southern Nevada's local environment, try their hand at bird watching, and stargaze through telescopes. “I’ve attended Alternative Spring Break the last two years,” said Natashcha Kotte of UNLV, “I wouldn’t consider doing anything else for Spring Break, it’s a blast!”
This memorable opportunity is free to college students - including meals, transportation, and gear - thanks to a generous grant from Barrick Gold. This is the second year Barrick Gold has provided funds for us to host the event and get students out on the ground to accomplish critical restoration projects in Clark County, while gaining experience in the natural resources field.
Please share this opportunity with any college students you think might be interested. There is a capacity limit so they should reserve their spot as soon as possible!
For details and to RSVP, visit our Alternative Spring Break event page here.
Updates From Wild Nevada
Public Land Defenders
Public land enthusiasts on the march to keep public lands in public hands!
Photo by Dan Alvey.
On February 22nd, public land defenders came together in an impressive effort to show their support of keeping public lands in public hands. Nearly one hundred people attended a pro public lands rally in response to a recent attack ad put forth by presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, which stated he would "fight day and night to return full control of Nevada's lands" to the state (never mind that he cannot return what was never Nevada's to begin with).
Outdoor recreationists, hunters, anglers, OHV groups, and overall public land advocates came out in full force sporting American flags, signs that expressed their support of public lands, and "No Trespassing" signs - in indication that once public lands are transferred to the state, Nevada would have no choice but to sell off what is our public land birthright.
Unfortunately, as the election season continues, we expect more attacks on our public lands across the west. We hope you will join us this year in continuing to defend our western way of life. Please reply to this e-mail to ensure you are on future lists for public land defense work.
Volunteers Restore Yucca Camp in Eldorado Wilderness
Volunteers all smiles after a day in Eldorado Wilderness. Photo by Jose Witt.
Our first southern Nevada stewardship project of the year was a success! In early February, we partnered with the Sierra Club and the Bureau of Land Management for a project in Eldorado Wilderness and fifteen volunteers joined us to help delineate the newly expanded boundary of the wilderness area. Their work lead to more than 2,000 feet of restoration! In addition, volunteers enjoyed a night underneath the stars and an incredible meal of pasta parmesan cooked up by Sierra Club's Vicky Hoover, and followed by her homemade pumpkin pie as well as a dutch oven apple cobbler made by our Stewardship Coordinator Grace. The weekend was the perfect project to start off 2016 and we'd like to thank our southern Nevada volunteers for all of their hard work!
Now Accepting Photo Submissions for 2017 Wild Nevada Calendar
Submit your stunning landscape photo of wild Nevada today! Photo by Kurt Kuznicki.
We are currently accepting photograph submissions to be considered for our 2017 Wild Nevada calendar! Amateur and professional nature photographers are welcome to apply. We are seeking images of wild Nevada, especially wilderness areas, wilderness study areas, and other lands that feature wilderness characteristics. Feel free to call us to discuss details or check out our list of wild places in Nevada by clicking here. Photos capturing the seasons, people recreating on wild landscapes (hiking, camping, hunting, etc.), wildlife, and macro photography are also needed to fill each month's empty calendar slots. Please note that we only accept photographs highlighting the natural world - we will not accept any photographs with traces of development or non-native species (roads, vehicles, cabins, historical buildings, etc.) To view all of our application requirements, click here.
Photo submissions may be submitted by the process listed in the link above or through Instagram - just use the hashtag #wildnevada17.
We publish the Wild Nevada calendar each year in order to help the public appreciate and support Nevada’s beautiful public lands so we can all enjoy them for generations to come. The Wild Nevada calendar is a great venue to advertise your photographic talents and help protect Nevada’s wild lands.
March 12: Spring Monitoring Hike
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness for a day of hiking and spring monitoring in Mt. Charleston. This will be a great way to meet fellow spring monitoring volunteers and to get a first glimpse at Friends' Spring Monitoring program in southern Nevada
, a citizen science program that involves hiking to springs and measuring water quality and flow rate. For more information and to RSVP, click here
or e-mail Jesy at [email protected]March 20-24: Alternative Spring Break
College students are invited to join us for our sixth annual Alternative Spring Break to participate in critical restoration projects in southern Nevada and learn more about public lands and the natural resources field. We're partnering with the National Park Service to host this four day outdoor service experience in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
To learn more, please visit our Alternative Spring Break page here
or e-mail Grace at [email protected]
.April 7: Wild Speaker Series
April's Wild Speaker Series will feature CJ Woodard, Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. CJ will be presenting on the endangered Mt. Charleston blue butterfly and the agency's plans to manage protection efforts. This will be a great opportunity to learn about endangered species, the blue butterfly, and efforts to protect them and their habitat. For more info, click here
or e-mail Jesy at [email protected]
.April 9: Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Whether you lent your hand at a volunteer project in the past year or just want to join the celebration in thanking our dedicated volunteers, we hope you join us at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic! We will provide burgers with the fixings, Dutch oven dessert, refreshments, and plenty of fun! Please RSVP to let us know you're coming by clicking here.
March 11-13: Santa Rosa Seedling Planting
Join our northern Nevada stewardship team for our first trip of the year! We will be planting native bitterbrush seedlings in the Santa Rosa Range to continue restoration efforts in the area from the Hansen willdfire. This is the best time of year to spend in the Santa Rosa's with the days growing longer, cool nights, and exquisite mountain views. Please join us for a weekend of outdoor service, fun times, and - as always - great food. Feel free to contact Richie at [email protected]
to discuss ride options. For more information and to RSVP, click here
.March 25-27: Coleman Seedling Planting
Our ambitious seedling planting efforts continue; this time in the northwest section of Nevada near Mosquito Lake. We will be planting both sage and bitterbrush seedlings in an area affected by the Coleman wildfire in order to regenerate wildlife habitat before noxious weeds invade. Seedling planting projects are perfect for the entire family and guaranteed to be a great time out in wild Nevada. For more information and to RSVP, click here
.April 8-10: Desatoya Seedling Planting
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness in a new location - the Desatoya Mountains Wilderness Study Area! We will be assisting the Bureau of Land Management to continue restoration work in the area affected by the Cold Springs wildfire. This project will be a great introduction to this part of central Nevada - amazing mountain views, delicious food, and an overall great time await! For more info and to RSVP, click here.April 15-17: Desatoya Seedling Planting 2
Help us finish planting native seedlings in the Desatoya Mountains Wilderness Study Area with the Bureau of Land Management. RSVP here.
If you would like more information, feel free to e-mail our Stewardship Coordinators, Richie at [email protected]
or Nora at [email protected]
- or call our office at 775-324-7667.
For a complete list of upcoming events, click here
Become a Member Today
"Philanthropy is the rent we pay for the joy and privilege we have for our space on this earth" - Jerold Panas
Become a member of Friends of Nevada Wilderness and support clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature. Your generous donation will go towards getting volunteers on the ground in wilderness areas, advocating for keeping public lands in public hands, and providing critical protection for Nevada's wilderness areas. Membership levels begin at $25 per year.
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