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Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts Seventh Annual Wilderness Wingding Party & Awards Ceremony

By ThisIsReno

tir-smallWHAT:  Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness as we host our seventh annual Wilderness Wingding volunteer appreciation party and awards ceremony to personally thank each of our volunteers and agency partners. The evening will also mark the kickoff celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well as our 30th anniversary as an organization – that’s 30 years of keeping Nevada’s 68 Wilderness Areas, 64 Wilderness Study Areas, three National Conservation Areas, and nine Wildlife Refuges wild. The evening will provide live music from local artists, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction and raffle. This event is free and open to the public with a $10 suggestion donation.

Here are just a few of the highlights our volunteers have accomplished in 2013:

  •       -Donated over 7,500 hours of in-kind labor in 72 individual restoration       projects across the state.
  •      -Constructed and improved over 21 miles of trails for hikers, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts to reach our state’s remote peaks and valleys;
  •      -Planted over 3,500 native plants in wilderness areas affected by wildfires, creating habitat for wildlife like mule deer and providing great hunting landscape for western sportsmen;
  •      -Removed over 7,000 invasive weeds in the Mount Rose Wilderness, Reno’s wild backyard and our community’s outdoor classroom;

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. 6pm-9pm, awards ceremony from

7pm-8pm.

AWARD WINNERS:

Volunteer of the Year: Lucrecia Belancio

2013 Youth Steward: Logan Beffort

Special Award: Dean Whitlock

Partner Organization of the Year: Friends of Gold Butte, Nancy Hall

Agency Team Player of the Year: Boyd Hatch

Agency Partner of the Year: U.S. Forest Service, Santa Rosa Ranger District

Corporate Partner of the Year: Lush Cosmetics

Marge Sill Wilderness Legacy Award: Roger Scholl

WHERE:    

The California Building at Idlewild Park: 75 Cowan Drive, Reno, NV 89509.

MEDIA:     

Attend for photo, video, and interview opportunity.

For more information on the Wilderness Wingding, please contact Shevawn at [email protected] or call the office at (775) 324-7667.  Get information about future projects with Friends of Nevada Wilderness at our website: www.nevadawilderness.org/calendar_of_events.