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Fall 2005 Nevada Wilderness Project Newsletter

  1. 1. Nevada Wilderness Project Fall 2005 Year in ReviewSnows have begun to fall on the higher peaks throughout the Silver While all these new faces and talents are helping us continueState and as the calendar draws closer to 2006, it is important to to change the map of Nevada, we are still looking to you forturn one eye back while keeping the other looking farther down the help. As our capacity to do more increases so does our needline. 2005 – WOW! I am amazed by the year that we have had: for greater involvement from our membership in the form offour new employees, three active campaigns, a major fundraising time, financial contributions, and grassroots involvement.drive, an established office in Las Vegas, a Hood to Coast fund- 2006 is going to be a pivotal year for White Pine County andraiser, volunteers in Washington, and whitewater rafting. A busy we need as much help as we can get with letters to our repre-year indeed! sentatives highlighting the importance of wilderness designa-Our campaigns are currently rolling at various levels in Lyon, Per- tion. Please contact our outreach folks (in Southern Nevada,shing, and White Pine Counties. Lyon has had a bumpy ride over email Christian at christian.harrison@wildnevada.org; inthis year. Eight months ago, it looked as if things were lining up to Northern Nevada, Cameron’s email is cam-move very quickly, but after several tours and meetings with Com- eron.johnson@wildnevada.org.) to find out the best way formissioners things began to unravel. The Lyon County Commis- you to help protect more wilderness in Nevada!sioners eventually sent a letter to our Congressional Delegation As we move into the winter months and holiday season, it issaying that they felt like wilderness was being forced upon them impossible for me to contain my enthusiasm for what weand that they no longer were interested in working towards a lands have accomplished in the last year and the potential for whatbill for Lyon Co. We are hopeful that talks will begin again in the we can, with your help, achieve in 2006. Thank you one andnear future and look forward to working in Lyon County with all all for your continued support and dedication, and be readyresidents and leaders there. to be called upon again in the near future. To the north in Pershing County, - John Wallin, Director things are moving at a nice pace after a summer series of tours through the proposal areas with their Checkerboard Lands Com- mittee. In White Pine County, wilderness is closer to becoming a reality. At the end of Septem- Photo © Kristie Connolly ber, several volunteers traveledback to Washington to express their support for areas in EasternNevada.Unfortunately, we have been struck with tragedy as well in WhitePine County. Our Coalition partner and lead organizer, Pam White, Photo © Todd Kincaiddied unexpectedly in a car accident days after returning from ourWashington DC trip. Her work was vital and her spirit is felt by allas we move forward with a renewed sense of purpose and perspec- In this Issue:tive. (See page 2 for a memoriam) Year in Review - pg. 1I’m excited to welcome to the Project staff Mackenzie Banta, Chris- In Memoriam - Pam White - pg. 2tian Harrison, and Cynthia Scholl. Mackenzie had a tremendous Business Highlight - Bear’s Pizza - pg. 2first few months on the job helping shoulder the weight of the majordonor drive with Erika. We exceeded our goal of $60,000 and are Volunteer Spotlight - NV in DC - pg. 3happy to announce the opening of a permanent Las Vegas presence Wilderness Value Trips - Southern NV - pg. 4with our new Southern Nevada Outreach Director, Christian Harri- New Southern Nevada Outreach Director- pg. 5son. Finally, we are very pleased to introduce Cynthia Scholl as ourMembership Coordinator. Cynthia will be with us part time, she’s a NWP Fundraising - pg. 5junior at UNR, and we are thankful for her company and supreme WILD Calendar - pg. 6organizational skills.
  2. 2. Nevada Wilderness Project In Memory of a Great Wilderness Advocate 8550 White Fir Street Reno, NV 89523 775.746.7850 Pam White, a good colleague and friend, tragically died on September 30th, 2005 in a single car accident north of Ely, NV. Pam had been lead-www.wildnevada.org ing the charge in our White Pine County efforts as the rural organizer for 501 (c) (3) non-profit Friends of Nevada Wilderness and doing tremendous work. She made all corporation of our efforts in White Pine Co. and throughout the state better. She was a source of energy and constant enthusiasm, her tireless work ethic was inspiring and contagious to all who knew her. In Ely, Pam was a not only a wilderness organizer, but also a foster mother, vice chairman of the NWP Board of Directors Public Lands Use Advisory Committee, and substitute teacher. She died Bret Birdsong, President seven months pregnant and is survived by her nine year old son Connor, Kim Jardine, Secretary who has moved back with Pam’s parents in Gillette, Wy. There is an Chris Todd educational trust established in Connor’s name for those who wish to Morlee Griswold make a contribution. Donations may be sent to the following address: Tori King The Connor White Memorial Education Fund Brian O’Donnell, Vice President c/o Campco Federal Credit Union 902 E. Third NWP Staff Gillette, Wyoming 82716 John Wallin, DirectorKristie Connolly, Associate Director Kevin Mack, DC Representative Erika Pollard, Nat’l Outreach Dir.Mackenzie Banta, Development Dir.Cameron Johnson, N. Outreach Dir.Christian Harrison, S. Outreach Dir. Business Spotlight: Bear’s PizzaCynthia Scholl, Membership Coord. 9570 South McCarren Blvd. Reno, NV 89503 Coalition Partners www.bearspizza.comCampaign for America’s Wilderness 775.787.8282 Friends of Nevada Wilderness Nevada Outdoor Recreation Assoc. We like pizza. Matter of fact, we love pizza and there’s no shortage of pizza joints throughout Red Rock Audubon Society Reno or Nevada. But we also get picky about our pizza. Some folks like lots of meat, others Sierra Club - Toiyabe Chapter pile on the veggies and give it a witty name, while others put a little meat, a smattering of other The Wilderness Society things, and then title the pizza with an even more creative name. Pizza is really a lot like wil- derness, there’s no one set definition of what it should look like, both go great with beer, it never goes bad, and you can always enjoy it cold! NWP Our business spotlight shines brightly on our new friends at Bear’s Pizza in Reno! Located just Mission Statement north of the intersection of McCarran and West Fourth St, Bear’s has been in town for 4 years with Matt Norman running the show. Bear’s and NWP began to work together as a result ofThe Nevada Wilderness Matt’s desire to get involved with local groups in town and the quick thinking of Leif Project is committed to Christiansen, a super member of ours. Matt has been catering to Patagonia for several yearssaving spectacular, rug- now and employs a few folks from the Distribution Center, one day he was asking his employ-ged-and imperiled-public ees of ways to get involved with some sort of charitable organizations and Leif came up with a lands in Nevada as plan to bring more people into Bear’s new dining room and raise some cash for the Project by hosting the lively folks from Patagonia after the quarterly employee sales. All tips from the barWilderness, the strong- on those nights are given back to the Project, and we couldn’t be happier. We’re excited aboutest protection possible. this partnership and grateful to Matt, Leif, and the rest of the crew at Bear’s, home to best Chi- cago style pizza this side of Lake Michigan.Page 2 www.wildnevada.org Fall 2005
  3. 3. Nevada Volunteers in Washington, DC Washington, DC and Congress are integral to protecting wilderness in Nevada and it is im- portant that we maintain quality working relationships with our representatives there by letting them know how much we as an organization appreciate them. But they know what we think and therefore it is crucial that we give our delegation the opportunity to hear what other Nevadans think. Sometimes we write letters or make phone calls, but the most impor- tant thing to do is actually speak to them. This newsletter’s volunteer spotlight features not one, not two, or even three, but five high Photo © Christian Harrison quality volunteers who took a giant leap of faith and allowed us to send them to Washing-ton, DC at the end of September! Patti Heinbaugh of White Pine Co., Jan Barbour of Las Vegas, Nancy Hall of Clark Co, and StevePellegrini and Art Shipley of Lyon Co, are all residents in counties where there are current campaigns, who braved the airlines andbustle of the infamous DC Beltway in order to make their voices heard about the importance of wilderness in Nevada.As the second annual Nevada Wilderness Week in Washington, volunteers were able to meet with each congressional representa-tive’s leading staff member in Washington and speak about the importance of the wild places in their home counties. The first dayof the trip was spent making rounds through the House of Representatives and quick slide show at the Wilderness Society. OnThursday everyone got up bright and early to have breakfast in the Capital with Senators Reid and Ensign. Everyone enjoyed meet-ing the Senators and telling them about how much they appreciated their efforts to designate more wilderness in the Silver State.Senator Ensign even remarked at one point, “jeez, how many of you folks are here today!?!”After posing with the Senators for a photo, we were given a tour through the Capital building, saw the new Sarah Winnemuccastatue, and had a few minutes to sit in Senator Reid’s office with his press secretary Tessa Hafen. The afternoon was spent betweenthe Senators’ offices. It had been a long two days and we had tried to keep Nancy away from the new Native American Smith-sonian building and we just couldn’t any more. Free at last after a full scheduled, East Coast paced two days, folks spread in everydirection to take a few hours to see the sights. Art Shipley summed up the pace and the amount walking very well when he said,“Cameron told us to bring comfortable walking shoes. Well, I’ve had my dress shoes for over 20 years and I’ve never had prob-lems. But at the end of the trip I wished that I had my boots, my blisters had blisters.” Volunteers, staff, and coalition partners in DC (left to right), Kathryn Seck, Cameron Johnson, Mackenzie Banta, John Wallin, Christian Harrison, Patti Heinbaugh, Pam White, Jeremy Garncarz, Nancy Hall, Jan Barbour, and Kevin Mack. (Steve Pellegrini and Art Shipley not pictured)Page 3 www.wildnevada.org Fall 2005
  4. 4. Southern Nevada Wilderness Values Trip Highlights Sloan Canyon Saturday October 22nd was a great day. It began with an assemblage of teachers, students, parents, hunters, political and environmental activists, and an older couple who just wanted to be outdoors. The purpose of the day was to hike up into Sloan Canyon, a national recreation area just south of Las Vegas. The diversity of the group made for many interesting conversations along the way. One thing that everyone on the hike had in common was a love and respect for the outdoors. Discussions on the trail ranged from the grade the teachers taught, to the correct technique for black- powder hunting, to length of service with the city, to the type of rock blanketing the area. Everyone was so interested and enthusiastic about Sloan Canyon. Many of the folks on the hike had never be- fore been there, and some had never even heard about it. There were sixteen people in all on the hike. I spoke with all of them and was deeply impressed by their interest in the outdoors and how they could further help the cause for wilderness preservation. When it came time for me to ask folks to sign letters in support of wilderness and protection for Sloan Canyon I had to run all over the place to drop off tablets and pens to eager petitioners.Our group began the “long” four mile hike below the canyon at the site ofsome extremely picturesque 100 foot tall power lines. These are thesame power lines that I told people to look for on our drive to the trailhead off of Las Vegas Blvd. After a few wrong turns that were quicklycorrected, the group made it to the correct location and we were off, un-der our own power this time; just legs and feet. Our group quickly elon-gated as the quick marchers sped out up front. I talked to everyone downthe line and had occasional rally points. I didn’t need to lose anyone elseon this hike. After multiple promises on my part that the petroglyphs wesought were “right around the next corner,” we finally did make it to theactual petroglyphs. At once the group was behaving differently. Therewas a palpable curiosity present. Moms and daughters, boyfriends and girlfriends, all started pointing and whispering to one another.People crouched and traced the paths of thousand year old rock marks. General wonderment was the theme for our midpoint. I ex-plained, as best I could, the culture that carved these petroglyphs, and how many of them are over a thousand years old, lending ironyto the notion that everyone considers Las Vegas such a “new” town.We spent a good hour looking at the petroglyphs and writing our elected officials about the need to create more protection for price-less cultural artifacts like those in Sloan Canyon. After I collected the letters and pens we headed back for the vehicles. Our hike back was far easier with the downhill slope to our favor. I got to know some really amazing people that day and left with a deeply positive attitude. It is always great to find other people who care so much about the land. The hike up Sloan Canyon was only the first of many that I plan on leading. It has given me tremendous moti- vation to lead as many as possible into the backcountry because there are so many people here in Las Vegas that do care and want to help in any way they can. - Christian Harrison, Southern Nevada Outreach Dir.All Photos taken by Christian HarrisonPage 4 www.wildnevada.org Fall 2005
  5. 5. NWP Fundraising Update from Mackenzie This summer, the Nevada Wilderness Project conducted a Major Donor campaign to raise funds to open our Southern Nevada office. Thanks to our generous do- nors, we achieved our goal of raising $60,000 in six weeks!! It was a very ambi- tious and necessary campaign for an organization of our size to undertake. The success of our fundraising efforts would not have been possible without thesuperior effort of our Board of Directors and their great participation. Countless thanks also go out to thehard working Erika Pollard, our National Outreach Director, who helped to orchestrate the campaignwhile eight months pregnant! She gave birth during the drive to a 7lb, 2 ounce beautiful, future wilder-ness advocate boy, named Vann Oliver Pollard!We now have the handsome and talented Christian Harrison on the ground down in our newly openedLas Vegas office, organizing support for Nevada’s wild spaces. Many of you, our generous and dedi-cated members, made a stretch contribution to help us continue our efforts statewide. Thank you for yoursupport and firm belief in keeping Nevada wild. - Mackenzie Banta, Development Director Hood to Coast 2005 A BIG thank you goes out to the runners on our fundraising team during the Hood To Coast relay in August. The team of 12 wonderful and tough runners helped to raise over $9000 for NWP by running 197 miles from the top of Mt. Hood to the Oregon seashore in 24 hours! These strong runners included: John Wallin, Kristie Connolly, Cameron Johnson, Chris Todd, Adam Chamberlain,Todd Kincaid, Tristan Todd, Emily Powell, Vinil Patel, Kelly Stahl, Emily Supernavage, and DylanTenBrink. Thank you to all thefriends and family that donated in honor of these runners who made up team Viva Las Wilderness!Erik Holland Art Show 2005Reno artist Erik Holland and the Nevada Wilderness Project have teamed up to present "FromTahoe to Tonopah II", a one man show of Hollands paintings of the areas that the NevadaWilderness Project works to protect, as well as other landscape and small town scenes of theSilver State. A reception was held at Patagonia on October 27th. Thanks to the generosity ofErik, half of all the sales from the show are donated to NWP. More than 50 paintings will hangthrough Christmas for the public to view. Nevada Wilderness Project thanks Erik for all of hishard work, support and talent he gives to the Project! Please join us in welcoming Christian to Nevada Wilderness Project! Christian Harrison is NWP’s newest Grassroots Organizer and is now based in Las Vegas. He comes to us from the high schools of Carson City and the Bay Area, where he taught history. Prior to teaching, Christian could be found inside an M1 tank in Germany, as one of those guys who gets more done by 9am then most people get done all day. His stint in the US Army and as a tank driver did not dampen his enthusiasm for the wild desert and forest of Nevada however.Today, he will be responsible for ramping up efforts in southern Nevada so that places like the Highland Range, Mt. Stirling and GoldButte get the attention they deserve. You might recall that there were a number of potential wilderness areas in Clark County that were notdesignated Wilderness in the Clark County legislation of 2002. One of Christian’s jobs will be to see to it that the Forest Service, BLM andNational Park Service do not let those areas lose those wilderness qualities. He will do this by meeting with agency folk and bringing outvolunteers and dignitaries to these spectacular and unprotected landscapes.Although he likely owns a pair of camouflage pants and a jacket or two, don’t expect to see him tabling in Henderson or Summerlin in hisarmy gear. (If you do, call us immediately!)Christian loves being outside, finding time to bike whenever he gets a chance. He also enjoys good music and that team that plays baseballin Anaheim, or is it Los Angeles? Whatever the case, his taste in baseball teams notwithstanding, we are very excited to have him on boardand look forward to hiking the washes and ridges of Nevada with him. If you are down in Vegas, stop by and say hello.Page 5 www.wildnevada.org Fall 2005
  6. 6. NEVADA WILDERNESS CALENDAR WILDERNESS VALUES TRIPS & EVENTS 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. Southern Nevada - Wilderness Value Trips November 19—La Madre Spring Hike Photo © Kristie Connolly Come out for a 3-4 hour dayhike in Red Rock Canyon. I will be leading folks on a roughly four mile hike to the La Madre Spring. We will pass through some beautiful areas on our hike. The Please join us for our hike is moderate and should take around 4 hours to complete. Dogs are welcome to come along.monthly volunteer night at The hike will take us around the north end of the Red Rock range of mountains and will give Reno’s Great Basin those involved a completely different perspective on the land around. If interested, please call Brewery Christian Harrison at 702.575.4222. (www.greatbasinbrewingco.com) November 30—Turtlehead Hike Hike in the Red Rock National Conservation Area up one of the most intense four miles around. The hike will start at 9 in the morning. We will meet at the Red Rock Visitor Center and discuss the route. Once up top well discuss ways people can get involved and write a letter or two to our congressional delegation telling them about our day. If interested, please call Christian Harrison at 702.575.4222. Northern Nevada Events - December 9th—Holiday Party and Silent Auction Come join the Nevada Wilderness Project on December 9th starting at 6:00 pm to celebrate the holiday season and end of the year. This fiesta includes food, libations, lively music, plus a silent auction to benefit NWP. Si- lent auction items include: holiday baskets from Wild Oats and Grounds 4 Change, outdoor gear from Patagonia, REI, Montrail, yoga and pilates classes, plus many other great gift ideas. Come dressed in either red or green to Please check our Web share in the holiday cheer! Calendar for dates and times. 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 $25.00 Every 3 months $50.00 Annually $100.00 Please include check or money or- Name Phone Number $250.00 der 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