Wild Speaker Series

Meet Avi Kwa Ame: Nevada's Newest Proposed National Monument

Friends of Nevada Wilderness invites you to our July Wild Speaker Series. Our presenter will be Alan O’Neill, retired Lake Mead Superintendent and Advisor to the National Parks Conservation Association. Alan will talk about an effort by a coalition of tribes, conservation groups, recreation interests, and others to establish the Avi Kwa Ame (Spirit Mountain) National Monument in South Clark County. The Monument would protect some of the most visually stunning, ecologically diverse and culturally significant public lands in the entire Mojave Desert. Stretching from the Newberry Mountains in the east to the New York, South McCullough, Castle, and Piute Mountains in the west, these lands feature a cacophony of plant and animal diversity, dramatic peaks, scenic canyons, and natural springs. It includes sloping bajadas covered with ancient Joshua tree forests, unique grasslands, and a rich history of rock art and other cultural sites.

The roughly 380,000-acre National Monument would protect an expanse of relatively intact East Mojave Desert ecosystem in Nevada that provides continuity to the other parts of the East Mojave Desert ecosystem already protected on the California side. The Monument creates an essential corridor that connects the Mojave National Preserve, Castle Mountains National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument and Dead Mountain Wilderness Area in California, along with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. The proposed Monument will serve as a contiguous landscape of habitat with sufficient quality and quantity to promote the survival, growth, reproduction, and maintenance of viable populations of Mojave Desert flora and fauna.

We will see you there!


The Wild Speaker Series will go online during the COVID-19 Pandemic for the safety of our staff and supporters. Please join us on Zoom for an online interactive experience. We will return to REI - Boca Park when their stores open in the near future.

Wild Speaker Series - August 2020 - Dr. Steve Rowland

Time: Aug 6, 2020 06:45 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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General Information

Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park (online for now!) in their Community Room. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!


July 02, 2020 at 6:45pm - 8pm
REI - Boca Park
710 S Rampart Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89145
United States
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Shi-Lynn Campbell · · 7025155417
Kirk Peterson Grace Palermo Rob Davies Gavin Kakol Michelle Napoli Julie Turkseven Fred Bell Hermi Hiatt Shi-Lynn Campbell

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Kirk Peterson
Grace Palermo
Rob Davies
Gavin Kakol
Michelle Napoli
Julie Turkseven
Fred Bell
Hermi Hiatt
Shi-Lynn Campbell

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