Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Journey to the Center of the Wild: Kurt Kuznicki and the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club on the South Loop Trail
We hiked up the South Loop Trail with the intentions of restoring the big switchback cuts just below the ridge, but turned around because of slippery, snowy slopes.
A great big "Wild Thank You" to the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club for coming out on a chilly damp day to make a difference by doing some trail work in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friends of Nevada Wilderness Stewardship trips have taken me into the North Black Rock Range and the Pine Forest Range for years. Each of these mountain ranges hides majestic aspen stands you cannot see from the highway. Glorious, cool and quaking in summer, with emerald leaves and burbling streams bouncing over the rocks.
But to see them in fall--ablaze with gold, orange, even red--is one of the fairest views Nevada affords. Luckily, on the weekend of October 16-17, I was lucky enough to coincide my trip with a blaze of color.
These But they're so darn remote, the roads are rough; and an unlucky brush with a winter storm could leave me stranded deep in the mountains. Lucky again, I enjoyed warm, calm days and nights--just in time as the first fierce winter storm howls outside as I type.
Two hours of dirt north of Gerlach, Mahogany Creek rises from Summit Lake into the northern drainages of the North Black Rock Range. In this small watershed lives the purest-remaining strain of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. In fact, when the LCT died out in Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River, replacement fish were relocated from Summit Lake. Stradling this stream rarely deeper than a few inches, I had trouble imagining 12 and 20-inch fish swimming up over these rocks to spawn.
Somewhere in the combination of shorter days and colder nights of autumn, deciduous leaves pull the cyhlorophyll out of their leaves and beging shutting down for winter. The sugars that remain can turn brilliant colors.
The next range to the northwest likes the Pine Forest Range, which rises to 9,377 feet. The Blue Lakes and Alder Creek wilderness study areas comprise about 25,000 acres of forested slopes, cool lakes, stunning granite outcrops and yes, more aspen.
On Monday morning, October 18, the Humboldt County Commission voted unanimously to support wilderness. It was a wonderful feeling to enjoy my morning cup of coffee while taking these pictures, knowing that a bunch of people from diverse backgrounds put aside all other possible disagreements to agree that this beautiful place deserves to be protected as wilderness. In this age of negative advertising and partisan politics, t's not often we see people come together like that. It's what makes America great. That's good news, by any measure.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
After the team finishes for the day (Kurt Kuznicki)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
The statute employs a variety of regulatory and nonregulatory tools to sharply reduce direct pollutant discharges into waterways, finance municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and manage polluted runoff. –Environmental Protection Agency
Marshes and shallow lakes form the American Avocet’s habitat (photo by Diane McAllister)
Fishing at Baker Lake (photo by Jim Yoakum)
Saturday, October 16, 2010
We’re starting to plan for the Wilderness Wingding – our annual volunteer appreciation event that is open to the community. With a raffle and silent auction, live music, and great food from local businesses, Friends of Nevada Wilderness members, volunteers, sponsors, and staff are all looking forward to the event on Friday, Dec. 10 at the Grand Sierra Resort! In fact, we’ve devoted a blog to share the details with you. Visit the Wilderness Wingding blog to find out about food, prizes, and performances!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Capturing the Mt. Rose wilderness (photo by Mark Vollmer)
Aspens turn gold in northern Nevada (Mark Vollmer)
The gnarled trees of Mt. Charleston reach for the sky (Mark Vollmer)
Mark Vollmer has been a long-time supporter of Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and is also our cover photographer for the Wild Nevada 2011 calendar. His work has been displayed in galleries across Nevada and California, including the Truckee River Gallery, and he was honored with the 2007 Excellence in Teaching award from Truckee Meadows Community College.Check out Jim Eaglesmith’s YouTube Channel to see more of the duo and hear about how they work together to pair scenic Nevada photography with moving music.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix and its required ingredients
1 can cherries (whole, not in syrup), drained
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chocolate chips
2. Fold in chocolate chips and cherries.
3. Melt butter in Dutch oven. Once oven is greased, pour cake mix in.
4. Follow cooking directions on cake box by placing the appropriate amount of coals over and under the Dutch oven to achieve desired temperatures.
5. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been honored with Nevada EcoNet’s 2010 Golden Pinecone Environmental Award for Non-Profit Organization. The award is presented each year to six individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to northern Nevada’s natural environment.
“The annual Golden Pinecone Celebration celebrates the good work of citizens to preserve and enhance the wonderful environment of northern Nevada.” -Nevada EcoNet
Friday, October 08, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
You must RSVP at http://www.yelp.com/events/las-vegas-yelp-helps, so get your name on the list and stop by and say hi to Friends of Nevada Wilderness!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Dutch Oven Chicken and Dumplings
2-1/2 to 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks)
3 cups water
1 medium onion, cut into wedges
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried sage or marjoram, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup thinly sliced carrot (2 medium)
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 package of Bisquick (use the ‘just add water dumplings’ recipe) or your favorite dumpling recipe
1. Combine 3 cups water, onion, salt, sage/marjoram, pepper, bay leaf, celery, carrots and mushrooms in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil
2. Chop chicken pieces, add to broth mixture. Cover and cook until chicken is done.
3. Prepare dumplings according to instructions. Add to top of mixture.
4. Cook until dumpling dough is cooked all the way through.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Heading up the trail (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)
Making the sweeping vistas accessible to everyone (Kurt Kuznicki)
Even the kids helped out! (Kurt Kuznicki)
The whole group after a productive day (Kurt Kuznicki)Thanks again to everyone who gave up a precious Sunday to support Nevada’s wild places!
Friday, October 01, 2010
The trail after the team cleared it (John Fiske)
Clearing out this trail to aid access for hunters and horse users was a perfect project, we decided to get it done the last weekend of September and we did it in a day with 6 volunteers. We logged out 217 dead, downed, and hazard trees, in addition we created a 500 foot re-route in an especially impacted area. This project was highly needed and the satisfaction level at the end was super-high.