Monday, December 19, 2011

Wilderness Wingding Gets Wild!

Attendees packed the Tahoe Room at the Grand Sierra Resort! (all photos by Marcial Reiley)

Membership Coordinator Richard Knox greets volunteers and supporters


...and munching!

Stewardship Director Pat Bruce takes the stage

While a rapt audience watches.

Susan Lisagor from Senator Harry Reid's office thanks volunteers

Partnership of the Year - US Fish and Wildlife Service (Sheldon and Desert Refuges)

Group Partner of the Year - Nevada Outdoor School

Special Recognition - Law Office of Demetras and O'Neill
and Black Rock Bicycles

Blue Helmet Gals!

Volunteer of the Year Scott Hall

Agency Person of the Year - Carol Reott Hotchkiss, US Forest Service

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where the Wild Places Are: Southern Nevada Reptile Trio

A hungry desert tortoise (picture by Chris Hensley)

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (picture by Chris Hensley)

Gopher snake slithering in the rocks (picture by Chris Hensley)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wilderness Wingding Awardees Announced!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be celebrating individuals and organizations who played a special part in our 2011 field season. These awardees will be honored at the Wilderness Wingding at the Grand Sierra Resort in the Tahoe Room. The celebration begins at 6 pm with an awards ceremony at 7 pm on Friday, December 16, 2011. This event is open to the public.

2011 Volunteer of the Year – Scott Hall
Scott was an integral part of the success of the 2011 stewardship season. This year alone, he completed eight projects, became certified in cross-cut saw use, attended two trail maintenance courses and obtained a government driver’s license. Scott, as a volunteer trip captain, led several trips. Friends is in the process of elevating volunteers to higher levels of responsibility within our stewardship program, and Scott’s dedication is the blueprint for the essential role that a volunteer can play in protecting our cherished places.

Agency Partnership of the Year – US Fish and Wildlife Service (Desert and Sheldon Wildlife Refuges)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service was instrumental in helping Friends of Nevada Wilderness lead an Alternative Spring Break trip for UNR students to the Pahranagat and Desert National Wildlife Refuges in southern Nevada and remove over 75 miles of barbed wire fence from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

Agency Person of the Year – Carol Reott Hotchkiss – US Forest Service
Carol Reott Hotchkiss, Recreation Planner for the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, provided immeasurable support for developing a very successful interagency partnership with Friends of Nevada Wilderness. Her guidance and vision played a key role in setting up a crew of Student Conservation Association interns to do extensive wilderness monitoring in southern Nevada.

Corporate Partner of the Year – REI
REI has been instrumental in supporting Friends of Nevada Wilderness over the years. In 2011, REI generously supported a two-week project to re-route the trail to the summit of Griffith Peak and many other wilderness stewardship projects throughout the state.

Ruler of the Spooler Award – Bill James
A long time supporter and wilderness volunteer, Bill James, designed, built and donated two ingenious barbed wire spoolers that were used to remove over 75 miles of barbed wire in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, improving wildlife habitat.

Group Partner of the Year – Nevada Outdoor School
Working in partnership with the BLM and Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Nevada Outdoor School has hosted a "Kid's Camp" since 2006 to engage youth and allow parent-volunteers to work on stewardship projects during the Black Rock Rendezvous, National Public Lands Days and other projects.

Blue Helmet Awardees – volunteers who attended at least three trips over the 2011 season: David Book, Elyse Briski, Don Brown, Danielle Cotte, Larry Dwyer, Matthew “Metric” Ebert, John Fiske, John and Hermi Hiatt, Dorothy Hudig, Gordon Jackson, Paul Jackson, Dylan Kuhn, Martin Mace, Barry and Kathy Morgan, Susan Murphy, Anthony Rivera, Dick Ross, Darcy Shepard, Jim Switalla, Chuck Thomas, Mike Thorson, Joe Trujillo.

In 2011, volunteers worked on over 100 projects, giving 9,500 hours and donating a total of $223,236 of in-kind labor to Nevada’s wild lands. Please join us in celebrating the volunteers and members who made it possible.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Hand of Survival with David Book

David Book explains the five things needed to survive in the wilderness, and they all fit in your hand. Find out what they are in this video, recorded at the 2011 Black Rock Rendezvous.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where the Wild Places Are: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Wilderness Study Area

The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Natural Area Instant Study Area was established in 1973 to ensure the preservation of this threatened species of fish, in its natural habitat and to maximize spawning areas (photo by Brian Beffort)

Situated on the northern slopes of the Black Rock Range, the open sage and grass slopes of this area are cut with aspen-filled drainages (photo by Brian Beffort)

The aspen provide cool and shady exploring, and the open slopes above provide sweeping views over the High Rock Canyon country to the west, toward the Sheldon Antelope Refuge to the north, and to the Pine Forest Range to the northeast (photo by Brian Beffort)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mark Your Calendars - Nevada's Big Give is Thursday!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

This Is Nevada...

Lime Canyon Wilderness blooms in spring (photograph by Kurt Kuznicki)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Pine Forest Bill Introduced!!

Alder Creek by Scott Smith

On November 2, 2011, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV), Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) and Congressman Mark Amodei (R-NV) today introduced the Pine Forest Recreation Enhancement Act. This bill is the result of over two years of cooperation between conservation organizations like Friends of Nevada Wilderness, sportsmen and hunting clubs, and government agencies. 26,000 acres in northern Nevada will be designated as protected wilderness under the bill.

Find out more here:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This Is Nevada...

The sands of South Bitter Ridge in the proposed Gold Butte National Conservation Area
(photograph by Kurt Kuznicki)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Partners in Conservation Award Ceremony

Jose Witt, Sheena Britschgi, and Shaaron Netherton accept the Partners in Conservation Award from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on September 21, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

National Public Lands Day 2011 - Black Rock


And after the route restoration in the Calico Mountains!

Pat and Kristine inspect invasive species

Sunscreen - a necessity on the playa!


Friday, September 09, 2011

This Is Nevada...

Our 2012 Calendar Cover Girl, Gold Butte (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Griffith Peak Re-Route Project

Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Student Conservation Association interns under the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, and over 20 volunteers will be working over the next ten days to re-route the trail to the summit of Griffith Peak, the third highest mountain in the Spring Mountains.

Some will be camping out along the trail while others will come up to help for a day or bring up supplies.

A pack string will bring up water for the trail crew.

And they're off! Check back for regular updates on the team's progress!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Opening of the Black Rock Visitor Center

The new Black Rock National Conservation Area Visitor Center is officially open for business, education, and enjoyment!

The official ribbon cutting
Shaaron and Pat share a smile

Examining the artifact display

Learning about the journey westard

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

This Is Nevada...

North Fork of the Little Humboldt at Dusk (photo by Brian Beffort)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Summer of Sheldon Part One

Over 30 volunteers came out to Badger Campground in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge to pull fence that was blocking antelope migratory routes and wildlife water access.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness teamed up with the Oregon Natural Desert Association to take out almost four miles of fence in five hours - most of the fence had five strands of wire - that's a total of 20 miles rolled and bundled!

After their hard work, the team was treated to bowls of Dutch oven Jambalaya, a hearty stew prepared by Sheena Britschgi.

Thanks again for all your hardwork - the antelope appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011