Monday, July 30, 2012

Coming This August: 2013 Wild Nevada Calendar

The Red Rock National Conservation Area in southern Nevada is our 2013 cover girl!

This Is Nevada...

Morning Light on Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area (photo by Brian Beffort)

Monday, July 23, 2012

This Is Nevada...

Snowy storm over the Sheep Range in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stewardship on the Sheldon Refuge: A Weekend of Smiles and Sunshine

A team of hard workers! The volunteers joined the Sheldon 2012 Fence Crew to remove barbed wire from pronghorn and sage grouse habitat in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Nevada.

Volunteer Chuck Thomas and Friends' Executive Director Shaaron Netherton clip wire in preparation for the rolling team.

Giving wildlife room to roam. Removing the barbed wire fence will open up migratory routes and water access for pronghorn. Rather than leap over the fence, pronghorn shimmy under, and can get entangled and injured in the old fence.

Getting out old fence posts...

...and making new friends!

Thanks to all the hardworking volunteers that came out - the pronghorn and sage grouse that call the Sheldon home thank you too!! But if you didn't get to join us this time, there's still opportunities to volunteer on the Sheldon this summer - contact Pat Bruce at for trip dates and details!

All photos by Graham Stafford

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lye Creek Campground - Clean and Ready for Visitors!

Twenty wilderness warriors - including 11 youth stewards! - joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Nevada Outdoor School to re-paint picnic furniture and clean up the popular Lye Creek Campground in the Santa Rosa Range.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Toiyabe Crest Trail Crew Update One

Triumphant trail workers get ready for a day of work at the head of the Toiyabe Crest National Recreation Trail. The crew will be working and camping along the trail until the snow falls.
Measuring over 70 miles long and taking hikers over 11,000 feet above sea level, the Toiyabe Crest Trail is Nevada's longest non-motorized trail. It provides access to grazing allotments for ranchers, and is popular among western hunters in the fall. The trail also receives hundreds of recreational visitors each season. The two-year program to improve the trail is sponsored by the White Pine/Nye County Secure Rural Schools Act and the Recreational Trails Program, which is administered through Nevada State Parks.
Join the talented crew and experience life on the trail - click here for details on upcoming volunteer opportunities in central Nevada and beyond!

All photos by Wes Hoskins.

Monday, July 09, 2012

This Is Nevada...

Orange and Blue at the North Bowl of Fire in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness (photo by Kurt Kuznicki)

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

KEEN-Zappos Day Photo Contest Winners!

First Place
"Dutch Oven Delight" by Maritza Lewis

Second Place
"Jump for Wild Joy" by Kiersten Sedlar

Third Place
"Litter Patrol" by Marie Martin

Honorable Mention
"Stewardship Smiles" by Linda Ta

KEEN-Zappos Day Photo Contest Entries

Photo by Kar Tse

Photo by Kar Tse

Photo by Kar Tse

Photo by Linda Ta

Photo by Linda Ta

Photo by Marie Martin

Photo by Marie Martin
Photo by Maritza Lewis

Photo by Maritza Lewis

Photo by Danielle Cotte

Photo by Kiersten Sedlar

Photo by Kiersten Sedlar

Monday, July 02, 2012

Battle Two Against Mt. Rose Musk Thistle

The team takes a break in front of the Hunter Creek Drainage waterfall.
Stewardship Technician Renee Aldrich led four volunteers into the Mt. Rose Wilderness to wage war against musk thistle for the second time this June. The team headed up the Hunter Creek Drainage to the area around the waterfall to remove the invasive weed. 8,000 plants were removed - making a total of 16,000 weeds removed from the Mt. Rose Wilderness in June alone!

Read about the first battle here!

Renee will be continuing combat through the season - email her at to find out how you can join the anti-thistle army!