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Spring 2007 Nevada Wilderness Project Newsletter

  1. 1. Nevada Wilderness Project Spring 2007 New Faces and New Places Meet Nick Dobric him that in Las Vegas and the deserts of Southern Nevada anything can happen.NWP is thrilled to announce the hiring and arrival ofour new Southern Nevada Outreach Director, Nick Do- The Project is excited for Nick to begin parlaying hisbric!!! He’s young, handsome, and ready to seize the skills and enthusiasm for wilderness and volunteers unique opportunity that only a onto the ground in Southern Nevada. Please con- life in the Mojave can offer. tinue to check our website, www.wildnevada.org, Nick comes to Nevada from the for upcoming events and wilderness values trips frozen lakes of the upper Mid- in Southern Nevada. west where he was raised out- side of Chicago and later edu- Gold Butte Update cated at Northland College in Wisconsin. During his formative Thank You to all the members that sent in com- years Nick made many journeys ments for the Transportation Plan in the Gold Butte to the Great Lakes and Bound- area. We had well over 100 responses. Great Job! ary Water regions honing out- The Nevada Wilderness Projects’ comments identi- door skills and fostering his love fied over 40 specific routes that do not meet the bio- for wild places. logical and cultural goals of this plan. Staff will con-Nick became very active in both environmental efforts on tinue tocampus as the founder of Greenfire’s chapter at Northland monitor theand in Wisconsin progress ofthrough the Habitat the final as-Education Center, where sessmenthe focused on timber and keep yousales and wilderness informed.inventory. Continued on pg. 6Recently, he worked forthe Public Interest Re-search Group in Greely,Colorado as their cam-pus organizer for Get In this Issue:Out the Vote, where hecontinued to developthe skill set necessary Nick Dobric, Gold Butte Update - pg. 1to work with a broad Volunteer Spotlight and Director’s Corner - pg. 2array of volunteers, Petersen Mountain Information- pg. 3interests, and abilities. Map of Petersen Mountain- pg. 4 & 5 Gold Butte Update, Director’s Corner ContinuedNick has expressed - pg. 6some doubts about mov-ing to the Mojave. He Development News, Runners Wanted, Fieldwork-loves the snow, or- ers Needed - pg. 7 Nick displaying his dancing skills with theganic foods, bike com- ladies at a recent Wilderness Conference. WILD Calendar - pg. 8muting, and contra Photo by Roxanne Sterrdancing. We’ve assured
  2. 2. Nevada Wilderness Volunteer Spotlight: The Day Family Project Northern Office This spring we want to take a moment and thank Jane and Kevin Day for all their hard work and support over 8550 White Fir Street the years. The Days do a little bit of everything for us, Reno, NV 89523 and they do it all exceptionally well. Kevin is local tech 775.746.7850 guru who keeps our internal servers and networks up and Southern Office running, while also ensuring that John and Cameron never fully destroy their laptops. Jane is the artist of the family4220 S. Maryland Pkwy and largely responsible for the 12 tasteful images collec- Suite 402D tively called “The Wild Men of Wild Nevada Calendar.” Las Vegas, NV 89119 When asked why they choose to support NWP with their time and resources, Kevin 702.369.1871 writes, “NWP brings together a diverse and motivated group of people to changewww.wildnevada.org our state in a positive way by protecting some of our most pristine areas. We A 501 (c) (3) non-profit enjoy contributing our time to NWP because of the people that we get to work corporation with, and our donations go toward real progress in the protection of our Wilder- ness areas.” Their new son Calvin is a bit to young to be active yet, but as you read NWP Board of Directors further you’ll notice that John already has big plans for the little guy! Thanks Jane and Kevin for your hard work and continued dedication! Bret Birdsong, President Brian O’Donnell, Vice President Lynn Schiek, Secretary Director’s Corner Chris Todd Tori King Spring is a time of renewal, and so it is with our varied pro- gram work throughout the state. Things going on north, south, NWP Staff east and west in this issue… John Wallin In southern Nevada, Nick Dobric joins the Project as our new Director Southern Nevada Outreach Director, and we’re excited for the Kristie Connolly intelligence and passion he brings to our team. Nancy Hall Associate Director checks in with goings on in metropolitan and suburban Mesquite, Nancy Beecher Conservation Director and we launch the field season (in which we hope to inventory Mackenzie Banta about a million acres) with a call out for those festive souls who Development Director enjoy bouncing around in a hot, dusty pickup truck 10 hours a day as much as we Cameron Johnson do.Northern Nevada Outreach Director Nick DobricSouthern Nevada Outreach Director In northern Nevada, Cameron Johnson reports on an outing to Peterson Mountain, a Cynthia Scholl small but important wild jewel in southern Washoe County. Conservation Direc- Membership Coordinator tor Nancy Beecher writes about the Petersen Natural Area, and the Lassen- Nancy Hall Washoe mule deer herd that winters there. Mackenzie Banta launches another Gold Butte Organizer round of women-only trips (stay tuned for more of those in southern Nevada!) Coalition Partners And we highlight the work of Reno’s Day family, whose contributions to our work in- clude being available at all hours for computer consulting, working on fundraising Campaign for America’s Wilderness projects, and even going so far as giving birth to a young man (Calvin River Day) who Friends of Nevada Wilderness is but a few years away from stuffing envelopes! Red Rock Audubon Society The Wilderness Society You’ll notice that in this issue, we’re trying something new: including usable map centerfolds of areas we’re working to protect. This month, we’ve included one of the NWP Peterson Natural Area, highlighted in this issue in our work in Washoe County. We’d like to know what you think—are these helpful, useful, fun, a waste. Please take a Mission Statement: moment to give us some feedback if there are maps of areas you’d like to see.The Nevada Wilderness Send us an e-mail at info@wildnevada.org Project is committed tosaving spectacular, rug- We spend a fair amount of ink on Petersen Mountain in this issue because it’s one ofged-and imperiled-public the places we’ll try to protect in southern Washoe County. Starting in April and con- lands in Nevada as tinuing for the next eight months, I’ll be participating in Washoe County’s OpenWilderness, the strongest Space and Natural Resource Management Plan Update... continued on page 6 protection possible.Page 2 www.wildnevada.org Spring 2007
  3. 3. Petersen Mountain - Washoe CountyPetersen Mountain is home to the Lassen-Washoe Mule Deer herd. While the Lassen-Washoe population sum-mers and breeds in the northern Sierras of California, the deer migrate specifically to Petersen to spend the winter months. With ears that constantly and independently move about (hence the name), and a bounding leap with all of their feet landing at once (called stotting), they are amusing to be- hold. Mule Deer are also the primary big game species in Ne- vada, and hold value to hunters around the state. The Mule Deer Foundation has been working to rehabilitate the Petersen Mountain winter range, protecting riparian areas (areas with water and water-loving vegetation) and laying seeds to fulfill Mule Deer needs. In 1984 the “Petersen Mountain Natural Area” was set aside by the BLM to help the Las-sen-Washoe Mule Deer herd maintain their numbers. Closingover 5,000 acres of land to motorized vehicles, the Natural Areahas helped keep habitat damage at bay, providing a beautifularea full of wildflowers and wildlife. Because a BLM-appointedNatural Area is an administrative and not a legal designation,however, there is no guarantee that the area will remain pro-tected in the future. Given that Petersen Mountain and the Las-sen-Washoe Mule Deer winter range are just 15 miles from thenorthwestern edge of the Reno area, foresighted conservationplanning is critical.Last spring the Nevada Wilderness Coalition began a Wildernessinventory of Petersen Mountain. Amidst wildflowers such as mule’s ear, lupine and Indian paintbrush, we foundthe landscape to be enchanting. This year we plan to finish our inventory, ultimately combining our ground-truthing data with other wildlife information. Harnessed with this information and a conservation vision, we planto contribute to Washoe County’s Open Space and Natural Resource Plan, and of course create a Wilderness Pro- posal. On March 17th Kurt Kuznicki and Cameron Johnson lead a Wilderness Values Trip to Pe- tersen Mountain. To read their trip report and see more photos from this area please visit our website at - www.wildnevada.org/news/wilderness-value- trips/petersen-mountain-day-hike.html Petersen Mountain Directions and Vitals:Directions from Reno - From 395 N to Red Rock Blvd Exit, DeLorme Nevada Gazetteer p.34 H-1Petersen Mountain Vitals:Petersen Mountain is approximately 12 miles long, 3-4 miles wide and rises steeply from the valley floor on allsides. It is granitic in nature and is cut by the steep twisting side canyons on the east and west sides of themountain. On top of the mountain is a small narrow valley (Summit Valley) which is only visible when a visitorreaches the top and is about 3.5 miles long and an average of 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide. The valley is broken intoshort segments by intervening hills. The base of the mountain averages 6200 ft on the eastern flank, 5400 ft onthe west, and rises to 7850 ft at the summit. Summit Valley is found at 7400 to 7600 ft.Page 3 www.wildnevada.org Spring 2007
  4. 4. Gold Butte Update Continued...What next?As proprietors of Gold Butte, we must take anactive role in stewardship of the land. This“stewardship” can be accomplished through differ-ent activities from picking up litter to letter writing.Indeed, letter writing is very important. The con-gressional delegation and land managers should beaware of the wonderful resources we enjoy, andproblems facing the area.Friends of Gold Butte, an organization seeking Na-tional Conservation Area (NCA) legislation designa-tion, conducts a meeting with a presentation and aservice trip each month. For our Southern Ne-vada members, this is a great way to becomeinformed about the Gold Butte area. Meetingsare held the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Oasis Convention Center in Mesquite, NV. Service tripsrange from “ pullin’ weeds to fixin’ fences”; all are welcome to join. For more information, please contract Nancy -nancy.hall@wildnevada.org The Cultural Site Steward Program, a group of trained volunteers that monitor historic and prehistoric sites, records damage to these irreplaceable resources. Of the more than 250 stewards throughout the 7 million acres in Clark County, over 56% of all archaeological impacts in 2006 occurred in Gold Butte. Impacts in- cluding but not limited to: digging and potting, graffiti on petroglyphs, barriers destroyed for OHV intrusions, extensive damage to the biotic soil, and heavy visi- tation resulting in trampled midden piles, excessive trash and human waste. In two years off-road traffic has more than tripled and is reflected in the March 31, 2007 New York Times Op-Ed article by Richard Moe:“Similarly, affected by these vehicles is Gold Butte, near Las Vegas. A recent study by volunteers monitor-ing vandalism at Gold Butte showed a 366% increase in major damage to cultural sites in the area from2004-2005, including numerous incidents of graffiti and bullet holes in petroglyph panels. The same oldstory is too familiar elsewhere.”For information on the Statewide Cultural Site Steward Program: http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/shpo/SiteStewardHomepage.htm To visit Gold Butte contact nancy.hall@wildnevada.org or call 702 277 3337.Director’s Corner Continued...as a member of their science review team. This plan, which addresses the county’s role in open space andnatural resource management, has not been updated since 1994. With the growth in our region, this is anopportunity to ensure that the scenic, wildlife, and habitat values that so richly define life in Washoe County areadequately protected. We’ll be posting information on our website soon about this effort and some of the criticalareas facing threats—and ways we can use this planning process to ensure that wilderness and our natural re-sources don’t get lost to rampant growth.In the meantime, you can participate in monthly public workshops that will be held throughout the nexteight months. You can make a big difference by attending one of these meetings and sharing your visionfor a wild Washoe County. For more information, go to:http://www.washoecounty.us/comdev/publications_maps_products/open_space/open_space_index.htmPage 6 www.wildnevada.org Spring 2007
  5. 5. Wild Women in WildernessAs spring is gracing us once more with her presence, the Nevada Wilderness Project is gearing up for anothergreat season of exploring the land. Back by popular demand, Mackenzie Banta will be gallivanting around thestate leading women’s hikes to wild places. If you are a female and interested in joining her, please giveMackenzie a jingle at 775-746-7851 or feel free to check our website for current events: www.wildnevada.orgWild Men of Wild Nevada 2008Plus, stay tuned for the 2008 Wild Men of WildNevada sneak preview calendar shot! That’sright; our 2007 wild men are enjoyed by many thisyear and we are back out in the land taking newphotos for 2008! If you are interested in catch-ing a glimpse of next year’s calendar, pleaseemail us at wildmen@wildnevada.org – wepromise these lads won’t disappoint you!Running for Nevadas Wild Places The Nevada Wilderness Project is once again running for wilderness this summer! We are going to be running in the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey to raise money for wild places. If you are interested in supporting our work and running with 11 other wild runners around the Reno-Tahoe area on June 29-30th, please contact Mackenzie Banta at 775-746-7851 or info@wildnevada.orgFieldworkers needed! NWP is on the look-out for dependable and brave temporary field workers to do ground- truthing inventories. Using GPS units, cameras and maps, our field workers get out into the wilds and document what they see -- roads that aren’t on the map and mapped roads that aren’t on the ground, other human impacts, biological and archaeological observa- tions, and any other item of interest that might play a role in our final proposals to Congress. The work can be tedious and the terrain treacherous, but the experience in Ne-vada’s wilderness is worth it. By doing inventories, field workers enable us to visualize the landscape and assessWilderness-quality lands, and the contribution is certainly precious. Work any time May-October for 1.5 to 3 weeks at a time, with single or multiple outings possible.Field workers must be self-reliant, able to handle rough, solitary field conditions, and use their own vehi-cle (4WD with truly high clearance to navigate difficult rocky roads is a must). Field workers can worksolo or in pairs, and are reimbursed a weekly wage + gas. If you are interested, please read more about our in-ventory process at www.wildnevada.org (Mapping/Stories, Field Reports, and From the Field links), and contactNancy Beecher at 702-369-1871/nancy.beecher@wildnevada.org.Page 7 www.wildnevada.org Spring 2007
  6. 6. N EVADA W ILDERNESS C ALENDAR W ILDERNESS V ALUES T RIPS & E VENTS Join NWP staff and volunteers on trips to potential wilderness areas! You can see beautiful places and help protect them at the same time by writing letters and plugging in to our ef- forts in a way that’s interesting and fun. All outings are weather permitting. Please log on to www.wildnevada.org for more information. Northern Nevada Events April 26 - Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Nevada release, Sundance Bookstore, 6:30pm Photo © Kristie Connolly April 27 - NWP 8th Anniversary Art Show Opening, Patagonia Building, 6-9pm May 8 - Birds Love Wilderness hike to Incandescent Rocks, Washoe Co. at 4:00 pm Please join us for ourmonthly volunteer night at May 19 - Women’s WVT to Incandescent Rocks, Washoe Co. at 3:00 pm Reno’s Great Basin May 20 - Birding Hike to Bald Mountain, Lyon Co. Brewery(www.greatbasinbrewingco.com) May 25-27 - Toiyabe Range Backpack, Nye Co June 9 - Women’s WVT to the Buffalo Hills, Washoe Co. June 10 - Birding in our backyard via Hunter Creek Trail to the Mt. Rose Wilderness Southern Nevada Events May 19 - The Cultural History Fair, Mesquite. NWP will have a booth jointly with the Friends of Gold Butte. Volunteers Needed! June 2 - National Trails Day. Join Nancy Hall for a “History Hike” in Gold Butte. May 15th, 6-8pm Please check our website to see what trips Nick Dobric will be offering in South- June 19th, 6-8pm ern Nevada once he gets settled. July 17th, 6-8pm Cover Photo by Howard Booth HELP US PROTECT YOUR WILDERNESS It’s easy to help… Cut out this form and mail it to: NV Wilderness Project, 8550 White Fir St; Reno, NV 89523 Comments:Enclosed is my donation of: I would like to make a recurring donation: Monthly $35.00 Every 3 months $50.00 Annually $100.00 Please include check or money Name Phone Number $250.00 order payable to: Nevada Wilderness Project. Address $500.00 For secure credit card Other Amount: ____________ transactions, please visit Email address http://www.wildnevada.org City State Zip Printed on recycled paper