Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Black Canyon Tamarisk Pull

The southern Nevada team and four volunteers headed out via canoe
to Black Canyon along the Colorado River to pull invasive Tamarisk.

Safety vests on and paddles ready!

Pulling that pesky Tamarisk!


And the long paddle back home...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friends in the News: Collecting Seeds in Water Canyon

The Silver Pinyon Journal covered our volunteers' effort to repair and re-naturalize Water Canyon, a popular recreation site for the folks of Winnemucca. Check out the details and pictures here:

Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 Wingding Awardees

All photos courtesy of Henry Egghart
Volunteers of the Year - Mike Thorson and Dorothy Hudig

2012 Youth Steward - Levi Smyth

Corporate Sponsor of the Year - GSI Outdoors
Wilderness Legacy Award - Marge Sill, Mother of Nevada Wilderness
A few of the lovely Blue Helmet awardees
Organization Partner of the Year - Great Basin Institute
Agency Partner of the Year - Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, accepted by Director Kate Hanson
Agency Team Player - Sandi Gracia of the Winnemucca BLM, accepted by Kristine Struck

Monday, December 03, 2012

This Is Nevada...

Red mountains of the Lake Mead north shore (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)

Monday, November 26, 2012

This Is Nevada...

Serenity and Solitude: A moment along the East Walker River in the
proposed Wovoka Wilderness (photo by Brian Beffort)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lush Charity Pot Stewardship Project in Gold Butte

Lush Cosmetics brought ten customers from around North America out to work in Gold Butte (after enjoying a day of pampering in their Mandalay Bay store!). The team worked along the Falling Man Trail, and hiked up to see some of the famous Gold Butte petroglyphs.

Enjoying the fresh Nevada air!

Posin' with petroglyphs


The whole team celebrates their work in Gold Butte!

The volunteers planted 100 natives along the Falling Man Trail.

Getting a little dirty...

...and very happy!

Your host, the man of the hour, the one and only KURT KUZNICKI!!!!

Do you tortoise Gold Butte? We sure do!!

Gloves protect hands that received lovely Lush treatments the day before!

Getting in tune with the ancient song that is Gold Butte!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Working in the Wild: Replanting in a Fire Damaged Area in the Santa Rosas

Planting bitterbrush starts in the Santa Rosa Range in northern Nevada. The team worked
in Hanson Creek, where the Hanson wildfire burned in August 2012.
Project co-lead Wes Hoskins directs volunteers on proper technique.
While Wes' fiancee Alli takes in the beautiful scenery!
Co-leader Brenna Archibald gets a chance to get out
of the classroom and get dirty for the weekend!
The team takes a moment to smile before work begins!

All photos by Renee Aldrich

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

This Is Nevada...

Light and shadows on the Grapevine Moutains in the Death Valley
National Park (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Camp Cuisine: First Place Thai Chicken Curry

Dutch oven delights - always delicious! (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)
Here’s Brian’s prize-winning recipe for his Dutch oven Thai Chicken Curry - the first place entree at the National Public Lands Day 2012 Dutch Oven Round-Up!

2 shallots
1 stalk lemon grass
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1 cup chicken stock
1 inch of galangal (Thai ginger)
4 kaffir lime leaves
6 bird’s eye chilis, bruised (or more to taste)
4 boneless breasts of chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup green beans, chopped
1-2 tablespoons red curry paste (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons fish sauce (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons sour tamarind soup base (more to taste)
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 20-oz can of coconut milk
1 fresh lime
1 bunch Thai basil, chopped
1. Prep: Peel shallots and slice into thin rings. Thinly slice the lemongrass, from thin end until it starts to get thick and woody. Bruise the lime leaves and chilis. Cut the galangal into thin slices.
2. Heat the oil to medium heat in the Dutch oven, then add shallots and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add lemongrass, lime leaves, chilis and galangal. Let them simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors out.
3. Then add the chicken stock and chicken pieces and let it all simmer for a few minutes. Then add coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce and soup base. Cook all this at a low boil for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Add the red peppers, green beans and Thai basil, cook for 5 more minutes. Adjust your flavors. Squeeze lime into it. Sprinkle the remaining Thai basil and serve over rice.

This recipe will serve 4 to 6.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Save the Date for the Wilderness Wingding!

Bringing the Wilderness Wingding and
Volunteer Appreciation Party to downtown
Reno in style at Cargo in CommRow!
Join us Wednesday, December 5, 2012, for an evening of entertainment, appreciation of our extraordinary volunteers, refreshments, silent auction, raffle and a lot of fun with other like-minded individuals.

This is our first year at Cargo in CommRow, and we are excited to be in this unique, new space. CommRow is located right next to the Reno Arch at 255 North Virginia St., Reno.

Where: Cargo in CommRow, 255 N Virginia St.
Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time: 6:00PM to 10:00PM
(google map)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Gold Butte Days Festival Begins Today!

The Mesquite Local News has a great editorial on why Gold Butte and the Gold Butte Festival needs YOUR support, along with some details on the fun happening this weekend in beautiful Mesquite!

There’s lots going on starting tomorrow at 3 p.m. There will be two major locations for events. A street fair with more than 75 vendors is to be held on South Yucca Street, adjacent to Mesquite City Hall. And several events are slated for the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd., across the street from the main festival location. There will be 5K and half marathon races, as part of the event. More than 50 runners have signed up and late registration is to be held tomorrow from 3 p.m. until 7 o’clock that evening and on Saturday, 7 a.m. until the races start at 8.
"Support the Gold Butte Days Festival" - Mesquite Local News, Oct. 11, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

National Public Lands Day, Gold Butte-Style!

Over 40 volunteers joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness to
celebrate National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte!

The Lush Cosmetics team joined in the fun!

ATV riders monitored backcountry routes for illegal trespass,

Backcountry Horsemen's Bristlecone Chapter provided water to thirsty volunteers!

Time for some teamwork!

Wonder Woman!!

Carol Reott-Hotchkiss from the Forest Service keeps volunteers hydrated and happy.

Giving signs a wash and a fresh coat of paint!

Ready for re-seeding!

All photos courtesy of Kurt Kuznicki.