Las Vegas, NV - Saturday September 27th volunteers from the Las Vegas valley will spend National Public Lands Day working in one of southern Nevada’s most loved places, the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. There are two projects taking place in the Spring Mountains to help expedite recovery after the Carpenter 1 fire of 2013. They will be hosted by two local partners, Go Mt. Charleston and Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
Part of the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Spring Mountains provide an escape from the summer heat, opportunities for winter snow play, and a sanctuary for biodiversity found nowhere else on Earth. This important and delicate ecosystem sees 1 million visitors each year, and can always benefit from volunteer’s attention.
In July 2013 almost 28,000 acres of the southern Spring Mountains burned in the Carpenter 1 fire. The U.S. Forest Service was required to keep some recreation areas closed to the public until the resulting hazards could be mitigated. One impacted site is the Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail (NRT), formerly known as the South Loop Trail. Much work remains until this trail and other areas will be ready for visitors. However, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and volunteers have been granted access to improve lower sections. Volunteers from the local Spring Mountain Youth Camp and local REI employees will learn about natural fire ecology and trail maintenance techniques through hands on practice.
GO Mt. Charleston will work with volunteers in Kyle Canyon collecting native seeds for germination and re-seeding last year’s burned areas. The Great Basin Institute works closely with the US Forest Service on plant restoration in the Spring Mountains and will help volunteers learn about Mojave Desert plant species. This family friendly event focuses on natural fire ecology and our part in the process. Volunteer efforts like these are instrumental in the recovery process.
Founded in 1984, Friends of Nevada has helped protect over 3 million acres of Nevada’s wild lands by leading efforts in the expansion or designation of all 68 wildernesses in the state, including the creation of Mt. Charleston Wilderness. Over the past thirty years, Friends of Nevada Wilderness has also grown a nationally recognized and award-winning Wilderness Stewardship Volunteer Program, generating over $1 million of in-kind services to benefit Nevada’s public lands.
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