Hello and Happy Holidays from your friends at Friends!
What a year it has been. Last year around this time, we had no idea what 2020 would bring- good or bad- and now here we stand on the brink of a new year with hope and cautious optimism. Our hope for 2021 is a robust field season filled with meaningful work in Wild Nevada, and lots of new and familiar faces!
While 2020 has been a tough year in many ways, there have also been bright spots. At Friends of Nevada Wilderness, we particularly enjoyed learning to use Zoom to connect with each other, even when technology got the better of us. We had some extra time at home to resurrect long-lost hobbies, and we took long walks outside, getting to know our neighborhoods a little better.
Even though we only had a fraction of our normal volunteer trips, we were still able to accomplish some great work for Nevada’s wild places. In Northern Nevada, we removed nearly 20,000 invasive weeds from Mt. Rose Wilderness and celebrated the anniversary of the Massacre Rim International Dark Sky Sanctuary. In Southern Nevada, we rebuilt 5.6 miles of the Griffith Peak trail, allowing it to re-open for the first time since 2014. One of our favorite memories from the year was reconnecting with our volunteers in Northern and Southern Nevada for National Public Lands Day - one of our only in-person events of the year! Watch our full recap below.
Stewardship Update 2020
As for us at Friends of Nevada Wilderness, we missed our volunteers and members. We’ve missed connecting with you in person, we’ve missed hugs and celebrations, we’ve missed volunteer trips and making new friends, and we hope for all of these things and more in 2021.
Thank You For Supporting Friends
This year we decided to put together a staff-picks Spotify playlist for you to enjoy. Please follow this link for some tunes that we’ve been listening to while working from home. Enjoy some laughter this holiday season, feel the earth, and see the sky. Take a deep breath. Know that you are all missed. See you next year! 👋