Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Musical guests Code Bluegrass rocked the house! (Photo by Graham Stafford)
Volunteer of the Year Caleb with Wes, Pat, and Kurt (Photo by Graham Stafford)
The Dwyers check out the raffle items (Photo by Graham Stafford)
The Buballas minus Louis (Photo by Graham Stafford)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"Playa" in Spanish means beach. I've always found humor in exploring the Black Rock Playa, and other dry lake beds across Nevada, often when the land is parched, bare, thirsty, with no water to be seen anywhere--hardly beach.
Not today. The playa this week is living up to its name. Inches of rain have already fallen this week in the Black Rock region, making this desert look more like a marine environment. Volunteer Chris Ripps and I enjoyed a beautiful trip to Soldier Meadows in the calm and beautiful window before the storms hit hard. Here are some pictures.
Then it spread across the entire playa. (Brian Beffort)
After only a couple hour's of rain, every depression on the ground became a drainage. And while I've heard of glacial milk, the mineral rich sediment filling rivers in glacier-scoured mountains, this was my first encounter with alluvial milk pouring toward the playa here in the Calicos.
Photo by Brian Beffort
At 3pm on Tuesday, the playa was a lake. This is the cove just north of the 12-Mile entrance to the playa, a place where I have camped often with lots of other people for National Public Lands Day and other events. Good thing this storm didn't come then. And what will happen when such a storm comes during Burning Man?
Photo by Brian Beffort
Walking among the dune, stepping over rivulets, and staring out into the misty expanse reminded me of exploring the coast at low tide on a misty, rainy day.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness at this community event to honor the hard work of our 2010 volunteers, sponsors, and agency partners!!
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Tonight at 7 pm, Friends of Nevada Wilderness Associate Director Brian Beffort will be sharing a slideshow of his spectacular wild Nevada photography at the REI store in Henderson. An avid hiker and explorer, he will also be discussing and signing his hiking guide, "Afoot and Afield: Las Vegas and Southern Nevada." Southern Nevada Program Director Kurt Kuznicki will also be there with Wild Nevada 2011 calendars.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Photo by Kurt Kuznicki
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
...and loads it onto a flatbed to take to dispose of.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thank you to everyone who came out to StorySongs: A Benefit for Nevada's Wild Places on Friday night. Mark Vollmer and Jim Eaglesmith performed for a full house, and all proceeds will go towards conserving and maintaining Nevada's public lands!
A special thanks to Patagonia Reno for hosting the event, and New Belgium Brewery and Cepage Selections of Reno for their generous beverage donations.
Friday, November 12, 2010
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Monday, November 01, 2010
On October 27, the Washington Post reported on an article published in the online scientific journal, Nature:
“A growing number of creatures could disappear from the earth, with one-fifth of all vertebrates and as many as a third of all sharks and rays now facing the threat of extinction, according to a new survey assessing nearly 26,000 species across the globe.
“In addition, forces such as habitat destruction, over-exploitation and invasive competitors move 52 species a category closer to extinction each year, according to the research, published online Tuesday by the journal Science. At the same time, the findings demonstrate that these losses would be at least 20 percent higher without conservation efforts now underway.
"We know what we need to do," said Andrew Rosenberg, senior vice president for science and knowledge at the advocacy group Conservation International and one of the paper's co-authors. "We need to focus on protected areas, both terrestrial and marine."
In short, wilderness and other protected areas help minimize species extinction. A recent article, “Dancing with Climate Change” in High Country News explains the why:
“Mountain climate is patchy, explains [Forest Service ecologist Connie Millar]. The American West is warming more rapidly than other parts of the U.S., but that's just on average. Within the 11-state region lie tens of thousands of cooler pockets, due, in large part, to the presence of mountains. Biologically, this translates into resilience. On the flat, for example, an organism might have to travel several hundred miles to find a suitable niche, whereas in the mountains, a hop, skip and jump will often do the trick. "Because mountains are so topographically rough, so heterogeneous, they provide incredible opportunities for movement," Millar observes.”
In short, Nevada’s mountainous wilderness areas hide niches, micro-climates, where species can survive while everywhere else is becoming unsuitable.
Unfortunately, we don't know which species, or how many, will be forced to move to adapt to a changing climate. But by protecting Nevada’s wild landscapes, we ut we can give a fighting chance to those here at home.