Friends of Nevada Wilderness
Today on The Cheri Hill Show, Pat Bruce and Shaaron Netherton from Friends of Nevada Wilderness join Cheri Hill and Peter Padilla in the studio. Friends of Nevada Wilderness exists to protect and maintain wilderness areas.
The formal definition of what consists of a wilderness area stems from The Wilderness Act signed into law by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The definition is reads as;
"...hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain....land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed as to preserve its natural conditions".
Some of the many practices that Friends of Nevada Wilderness engages in include leave no trace when hiking/camping, post-fire replanting and removal of invasive species. Many of these activities are ones that the public can assist with. Both Shaaron and Pat mention that volunteers are always welcome to join their efforts. Some treks are longer, and require multiple days. In that case they are planned for weekends from arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning.
People from all walks of life are encouraged to volunteer, as Pat says "We've had families bring toddlers, and our oldest volunteer is approaching eighty years old".
In regards to the sudden interest in Nevada for real estate and an influx of newcomers, there is some concern, "More housing means more environmental pressure". But as long as builders realize the importance of environmentally friendly buildings and housing, balance can be kept. And that is one importance that Friends of Nevada Wilderness want to make clear and will continue to do so.
If you're interested in what Friends of Nevada Wilderness does and what to help out, check out their website: