Mission: Fnw is dedicated to preserving all qualified nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting these wildlands from ongoing threats, educating the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and improving the management and restoration of wild lands.
Programs: Volunteer wilderness stewardship program: in partnership with the agencies, our volunteer stewards clean up, monitor and heal wildlands and improve wildlife habitat and recreational trail access. In 2014, 864 volunteers completed 99 restoration projects giving a total of 7,640 volunteer hours of service helping restore nevada's wildlands. Their total in-kind donation supporting these wildlands was over $200,000. Volunteers and staff restored and monitored springs, planted over tens of thousands of native plants in fire-damaged areas, pulled tens of thousands of invasive weed plants, obliterated miles of illegal or unnecessary vehicle routes, installed signs, and maintained 70 miles of wilderness trails to improve recreational access.
wilderness legislation and planning program: in 2014 we got new wilderness designated for pine forest range and wovoka. We worked on legislation to designate burbanks canyons as wilderness as part of the douglas county bill. We made great strides on solving potential wilderness boundaries in sage-grouse habitat areas in northwestern nevada. Additionally, we continued our inventory looking at lands with wilderness characteristics for the blm's planning process. We have read, analyzed and provided comments on many public land proposals that could affect nevada wildlands.
wilderness education and outreach program: in 2014 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act and friends 30th anniversary with 103 outreach events. We signed up volunteers and discussed nevada's wilderness and why it is important for wildlife, for clean air and water, and for future generations. We designed and printed two 8-page newsletters, produced the 2015 wild nevada calendar, sent monthly e-newsletters and numerous alerts and event invitations to inform members about what is happening with wilderness in nevada. Additional stories, videos, photos can be viewed on our website, blogs, facebook, youtube and other outlets.
I am continually amazed at the boots-on-the-ground work Friends does in Nevada. Some of the team is in the field restoring and protecting Nevada's open spaces with volunteers, while others are in the office working on protecting open space through legislative process. With this group, I feel confident my money is going where I want it. Dedicated folks making a good future happen.
Friends is helping the BLM inventory the health of springs in the remote Black Rock Desert , Nevada, by recruiting and training volunteers. I attended the orientation in April & feel this is a volunteer activity I will definitely pursue. With over 100 projects statewide, Friends are certainly making its mark on Nevadas public lands.