Don’t let the military eliminate 74,400 acres of Wilderness Study Areas and close off 360,000 acres of public land so they can QUADRUPLE the size of the Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex – speak up for wild places and wildlife by clicking the link in our bio. You can submit an official comment against the proposed expansion, sign our petition to let the Nevada Congressional designation your support WSAs and open access to public lands, and join us at a public meeting (including Reno on 12/13!). Help us defend places like Job Peak Wilderness Study Area, where bighorn sheep were successfully re-introduced in 1981 after they were eliminated from the area by poaching and disease eliminated in the 1940s. Tell the military to #KeepItPublicNV !
Photos by @nevada_outside and Kirk Peterson.
Last weekend WWA partnered with Bruce S. Thompson to share the Dubois Badlands with an amazing group of folks. We saw cougar tracks that seemed to be following big horn sheep tracks, we saw big horn sheep, birds and learned about the geologic and cultural forces that shape this incredible landscape. We appreciate that when you can experience and learn in a place, your investment in protecting it is that much more. There are a lot of amazing places around our state right now that need protection. Get out and explore, appreciate and advocate. Wild WY needs our help. ••
#wild#wyoming#tracking#bighornsheep#mountainlion#wilderness#protect#wildernessstudyarea 📸: @nomadic_piper
In the Tobin Crest Wilderness Study Area, flowing water travels through the canyons which creates a lush desert ecosystem unique from the surrounding landscapes and brings a variety of wildlife to this area, and great views of the surrounding desert await hikers who make it to the upper reaches of the crest. Designation by Congress as Wilderness as part of the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act will protect a critical wildlife and landscape corridor that assures habitat and genetic diversity for the wildlife of this region, and acknowledge the generations of ranching families working in the region by christening the Tobin Crest WSA ‘Grandfather’s Wilderness.’ Photo by Scott Moore.
After 2 arduous years of meetings and hard work, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative resolution yesterday to maintain the status of the Palisades (pictured here) and Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Areas as established under the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act. The resolution will also protect about 600,000 acres of National Forest land in Teton County from oil, gas and mineral extraction, commercial timber harvest and new roads. We call that a victory. Thanks @nomadic_piper for the pic! •
Do you know what a Wilderness Study Area is?
Wilderness Study Areas are lands inventoried by congressional mandate and found to have wilderness characteristics but that have not yet received Congressional wilderness designation. WSAs also often have special qualities such as ecological, geological, educational, historical, scientific, and scenic values. Until Congress makes a final determination on a WSA (on which there is no time limit), it is managed by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service. These agencies manage the land in the same manner as wilderness in order to preserve its suitability for designation as such or until it is released. WSAs have no permanent protection and can be released from WSA status by Congress at any time. There are over 12 million acres of WSA in the United States, and the ODT travels through or near 23 WSAs in the Oregon desert.
Photo: Pueblo Mountains Wilderness Study Area
Help fight fire with Friends: Last July, the Martin Fire roared through northern Nevada, burning over 400,000 acres, including a good portion of the North Fork Little Humboldt #WildernessStudyArea – but you can vote to make a difference and fund restoration by following the link in our bio! Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 28, during the @nvenergy Power Of Good giveaway, vote to support funding for post-Martin Fire native seedling plantings in the N. Fork Little Humboldt Wilderness Study Area.
Invasive species like cheatgrass flourish in burnt areas - but not if our volunteers can get there first! The BLM needs our help to hand-plant native seedlings that attract pollinators in the riparian areas so they can focus on larger-scale restoration efforts.
Help us ensure our native bees and butterflies come back to this rugged slice of wild Nevada - vote all four days!
I don’t want the ranchers to leave our public lands, but I do want their cows gone. The areas we visited without cattle on this trip had grasses up to our handlebars! So, let the ranchers stay, pay them to manage the land in a way that promotes biodiversity and improves wildlife habitat. Call em Eco-Ranchers.
Layers of time unfold in the San Rafael Swell. A large #anticline exposes millenia of sedimentary rock. Some layers, like the #whiterim contain valuable and dangerous quantities of Uranium. ~
Thousands of people flocked to the San Rafael and surrounding areas in the mid 20th century for the #uraniumrush . Some made it big, while others lost it all to later die of cancer. ~
The San Rafael is a very personal area for me, my pioneer ancestors, the Swaseys were the first Anglos to ever see this area. Places like Swasey's Leap, Head of Sinbad, and Swasey's Cabin were their stomping grounds. ~
The Swaseys brought cattle and other livestock to live on their desert homesteads, an idea that many people (then and now) considered crazy. ~
Before the Swaseys were the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) to the south, and the Fremont to the north. The Swell was a no-man's land between the homelands of these groups for many centuries. #petroglyphs and #pictographs line the walls of empty washes and lone spires. ~
Nowadays there are many views on how to manage this land. Some want to remove all regulations, allowing ATV access, grazing, and extraction to go wherever it pleases. Some want this area to keep its #wildernessstudyarea and #utahstatepark protections. Others simply drive through I-70 on their way to another destination, unaware of the geologic and anthropologic history they are wizzing past.
Wilderness Study Areas like Poodle Mountain WSA in Washoe County conserve wildlife habitat and watersheds, and provide stunning vistas for explorers. #WildernessstudyArea lands are public lands that have great Wilderness characteristics, but are in limbo until an act of Congress designates them as Wilderness or officially removes their WSA designation. Many of these public land gems are under threat at the county and federal level - visit nevadawilderness.org for more information on how you can defend our wildlife and watersheds. #MyWSAAdventure#KeepWashoeWild#ourpubliclands#keepitpublic 📷 @nevada_outside
Monumental Loop Route Update: Cone Country has been rerouted to avoid entering the Potrillo Wilderness Study Area. The new route goes within sight of the US/Mexico border (No Wall!) before turning north through a remote grassy bajada. Link for the updated route is in our bio and hopefully on @bikepackingcom soon. 📸: @whileoutriding #stewardsofshred#wildernessstudyarea#leavenotrace
Job Peak Wilderness Study Area is a western wildlife success story - desert bighorn sheep were successfully reintroduced to the WSA in 1981 after being eliminated through poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep, which grazed the area until the 1940s. Today, bighorn sheep can be spotted traversing the WSA’s 90,000 acres of scenic ridges and rugged canyons, including towards the summit of Job Peak at 8,785 feet.
Managed by the BLM, Job Peak WSA is part of America’s National Conservation Lands.
Photo by @nevada_outside
I spent the weekend in some of the Montana Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) threatened by bills introduced by Sen. Daines and Rep. Gianforte. Over the next few weeks I plan to visit and capture footage in all 30 of the WSAs named in their bills with a team of filmmakers and environmentalists.
We will be releasing a short film this fall, and our goal is to demonstrate what these areas look like and highlight their wilderness characteristics. In my opinion, WSAs are already wilderness and they deserve protection.
Shout out to @augdoggy for helping me kick off this film series and showing me a good time this weekend!
If you're out watching the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend, make sure to bring your red lights to save your night vision! As growth continues across the nation and especially in Nevada, our dark sky oases are slowly disappearing. Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area (shown here) - one of the darkest places in the nation - is under threat from the Washoe County Commission, who wants to strip protections from the WSA while increasing development - and light pollution - in the Truckee Meadows. Tell your commissioner you want to #KeepWashoeWild by following the link in our bio. #KeepItPublic#MyWSAAdventure
FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area members are watering native showy milkweed in Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area. Diane Randgaard took a moment to water the plants while hiking today. Please share selfies of YOUR stewardship on our local public lands. #FANselfies#WildernessStudyArea#MonarchWayStations
A little throwback to last years first buck. Opening day of ID in a #wildernessstudyarea Biggest body I've seen on a young buck. Didnt hesitate when he jumped up with 2 others; filling freezers before walls. Looking forward to another great season. Shout out to @huntoutsider for letting me get the first shot this time. #MDF#MuleDeer#whenishuntingseason#ID#406Life #
Does anyone else ever hike with a cadence of words in your head to keep your feet moving forward? I had a lot of those moments this past trip. It kinda went like this: (sidehill, sidehill, sidehill) (trudge, trudge, trudge up the moun-tain) (go up road, road up go) (grassland, grassland, up, up, up) *repeat* Tired legs, yet feeling stronger all the while. #citizenscience#wildernessstudyarea
It was an honor to Emcee the press conference this morning urging Senator Heller to keep Public Lands in Public Hands! Thank you @nevadaconservationleague @sierraclub @patagoniareno @naacp @renoflyshop #wildernessstudyarea#captainplanet
We had a productive meeting with the @mypubliclands Las Cruces office today and will be sending our route changes to @bikepackingcom soon. While the new route misses the heart of Cone Country, it has other appealing features. Hopefully the amount of hike-a-bike will decrease and it will take riders even closer to our border with Mexico. For the record, the border wall is a ridiculous idea.
Found bear scat that was so fresh we could still feel heat radiating off of it, watched a mountain lion bound across the nearby hills, came inches from stepping on one of the largest rattlesnakes I’ve ever seen, watched countless birds, saw lots of pronghorn, listened to coyotes yipping in the evenings, got snowed on, got sunburnt, walked through aspen groves, pine forests, sage grasslands and hiked straight up and straight down some pretty big country. #alliwantnow#isicecreamandbeer#wildernessstudyarea#wsa#wildernessinstitute
In #wilderness of the west desert, I saw granite so clearly in communion with the shape of water and ice. Its sharp, unforgiving texture still mingled among soft, weathering boulder faces and cracks in which entire piñon trees grow. Bats flew above our camp at night while golden eagles and jet-like vultures soared beyond the draw above to the sun. As I scrambled up the #granite crevices reaching for the highest dome possible to surmount I thought, “maybe it’s sharp because it doesn’t want to be touched.” #foodforthought
In other news I got the first two best scores at Tetris @the1upcolfax today. 😈
#protectwildutah#wildernessstudyarea#beUTAHful#nofilter#publiclands#ilovemyjob#tetris#queen#igotitfrommymomma <<📸May 17, 2018 & May 21,2018>>
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, a majority of the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area contains critical and irreplaceable habitat for the greater sage grouse. This region contains some of largest and most productive sage-grouse leks in Nevada. Friends of Nevada Wilderness believes that full Wilderness status for this area along with the restoration of important lek, nesting and brood-rearing habitat could help the bird's population to recover.
The Washoe County Commission has proposed stripping protection from this key piece of sagebrush-steppe ecosystem in northwestern Nevada. Join us at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 26 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the county’s public input meeting to tell the commission we support full Wilderness protection for Wall Canyon. #WildWashoe#SaveGrouse
Follow the link in our bio for more information.
Photos by Brian Beffort. #WildernessStudyArea#MyWSAAdventure