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Wilderness Wingding Celebrates Volunteers, $1 Million of In-Kind Labor on Nevada’s Public Lands


12-16-11-wingding-blue-helmet-girls-marcial-reiley-85-199x300-9251856-2484858Friends of Nevada Wilderness volunteers are hard at work, protecting and preserving America’s public lands and improving wildlife habitat here in Nevada. Those lands include 68 Wilderness Areas, 64 Wilderness Study Areas, 3 National Conservation Areas, and 9 Wildlife Refuges. Since 2005, our volunteers have generated over one million dollars of in-kind labor. We want to thank them.

On Wednesday, December 5, we will be recognizing their efforts at the seventh annual Wilderness Wingding and Volunteer Appreciation Party. This year, we’re bringing it to downtown Reno in Cargo @ CommRow! We plan to present our volunteers with individual awards and “Thank You” gift bags, as well as provide live music from local artists, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle. This event is free and open to the public. Last year the event drew over 200, this year we are anticipating over 300!

These dedicated volunteers encompass all ages and lifestyles, from solo adventurers to retirees to young families with kids and dogs. All of them are committed and concerned about America’s wild lands and outdoor recreation.

A few of the many things volunteers with Friends of Nevada Wilderness have accomplished this year:
• Participated in 98 individual restoration/monitoring projects across the state
• Removed 175 miles of barbed wire fence from Sheldon & Pahranagat National Wildlife
Refuges since June 2011
• Collected data on over 40 springs in the Black Rock National Conservation Area for the
Bureau of Land Management
• And volunteered over 7,000 hours!

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting America’s public lands through on the ground stewardship, political activism and Wilderness education. Because wilderness areas cannot protect themselves, Friends of Nevada Wilderness works with agency partners and volunteers, on the ground, to restore and monitor some of Nevada’s hidden treasures.

For more information, please contact Darcy Shepard at (775) 324-7667.

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