Sportsmen working for the future of Nevada’s wildlife
After the almost total extinction of bighorn sheep in the state (once our most numerous big game animal), NBU has been instrumental in the reintroduction of all three species of bighorn into more than 60 mountain ranges throughout Nevada.
Well, hunting season is finally upon us and for some it’s already produced some great memories. This exciting time of year is definitely my favorite and I find that most wildlife enthusiasts look forward to the cooler temperatures and arrival of some much needed fall and winter precipitation. Friends and co-workers call us crazy and just can’t seem to understand how our favorite time for vacation is centered on some of the worst weather of the year; we usually just smile to ourselves though because we know they’re the ones missing out.
Before we make the full transition out of summer, we should take a minute to note a couple of significant wildfires that impacted wildlife habitat in northern Nevada (and hope that there won’t be any more this year). The first one, near Midas, Nevada, was the Hot Pot Fire. This fire, which burned just over 122,000 acres, ripped through some areas that had previously burned and were starting to recover. It also burned some other sagebrush areas that were in good shape. We know that these areas are habitat for mule deer, pronghorn, chukar, and even a bit of sage-grouse and bighorn sheep habitat. The second fire, which was actually a combination of five, was the Virginia Mountains Complex. This fire burned just under 60,000 acres just outside of Reno, Nevada within mule deer, pronghorn, sage-grouse, chukar and bighorn sheep habitat. There were a number of other fires that took place and should not be discounted but these two were some of the largest. The sportsmen of Nevada, including NBU, are tracking the rehabilitation of these two fires very closely and have started by getting involved with the agencies to try and make sure critical habitat is addressed appropriately.
Onto some much lighter and more exciting news, I’m very eager to mention a new opportunity for our membership to get involved and for NBU to do great things in northern Nevada. One of our director’s spouses, Jennifer Cefalu, has taken the lead on forming the “NB Ewes”. This group represents a contingent of women NBU members that wanted to do more locally and wanted to appeal to more of our membership. It was pointed out that we don’t always provide involvement opportunities that the full spectrum of our membership can get involved in (especially for those that aren’t able to make it to our wildlife habitat projects). I don’t want to say too much about this program because there’s a good introduction to the NB Ewes within this edition of the NBU Journal. I will ask you to please take a moment to check it out and keep your eye on our website, Facebook page and your email for upcoming announcements.
Last edition I left you with an Edward Abby quote that was rather lengthy so I thought concise and to-the-point Aldo Leopold quote would be in order this time.
“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife
Sportsmen working for the future of Nevada's wildlife
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grass roots sportsmen’s conservation organization with over 3,500 members throughout Nevada, the western United States and North America. The mission of the organization is to protect and enhance Nevada’s wildlife resources for sportsmen, outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts for this and future generations. NBU volunteers do this through the reintroduction of big game, habitat conservation and improvement, public education and participation, biological and scientific research, and the influence of public policy. NBU has raised millions of dollars and logged thousands of volunteer hours in support of Nevada’s wildlife.