Black Rock Desert Landscape

Updates from the Black Rock April 2019

Hello Stewardship Season

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

Join us at beautiful Lake Tahoe! We’ll have a table out to share information about our programs and environmental stewardship. Volunteer to help out with Leave No Trace memory or just stop by and say hi!

Artist in Residence Application Deadline

Make sure to get your applications in for the 2019 Artist in Residence program in by April 22. All media are welcome! Residencies last 2 weeks in June or July, come with a $700 stipend, and include a public outreach component. AiR work will be displayed in Gerlach, Reno, and Winnemucca this fall.

Guru Road Restoration

Meet us on Guru Road on April 28th. We’ll re-paint some of the messages on rocks, help clear a couple washouts, and generally have a good time. RSVP here.

Hwy 447 Clean Up & Cinco de Mayo Party

Meet us at 10:00 at the office to get the party started! We’ll deck you out in orange vests and give you trash pickers. After we’re done cleaning up 447 between Gerlach and Empire, we’ll head back to the office for tacos and margaritas. It’ll be a great day! RSVP here so that we have enough tacos!

Black Rock Rendezvous

Rendezvous is fast approaching. We’re with our partners at the BLM, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and Nevada Outdoor School to provide some awesome stewardship and conservation activities. Look for sessions on bighorn sheep, citizen science, and photography in addition to our conservation projects. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’ll be participating in the Dutch oven cookoff and hopefully launching a rocket! Check out our Rendezvous webpage for the most up to date information and RSVP here to join.

Fly Ranch

The season is starting out well. Our first walk was full and everyone had a great time! We’re always looking for new volunteers to help facilitate the Fly Ranch experience. If you’re not already on the list, start by filling out our volunteer questionnaire. If you are on the list, check your email for the sign up link! Volunteers get special privileges including free Wilderness First Aid training!

Goodbye Claire


Unfortunately, AmeriCorps member Claire must leave service early due to some health issues. She regrets that she was unable to complete her term of service and wishes the best to Friends, its members and volunteers. We also wish Claire well in her future endeavors, and hope to see her on the volunteer schedule when she’s feeling better. Claire can be found on social media if you’d like to keep in touch.

In the meantime, your support can help fill the void. Please consider volunteering to help with Fly Ranch Nature Walks, our stewardship projects, or even just to help out in the shop.

Partner Projects and Information

Public Comments for Burning Man EIS

Public comments are open for the draft Environmental Impact Statement on Burning Man. This EIS will inform the next 10 year permit cycle for the event. Check out the EIS itself and submit comments online, email comments or provide comments in person. All comments are due by April 29, 2019.
The public meetings will be held in Sparks at the Nugget Casino-Convention Center, 1100 Nugget Ave. 89431, Cascade 3 Room, on April 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and in Lovelock at the Lovelock Community Center, 820 6th St. 89419, Seven Troughs Room, on April 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

OCTA Seeks New Editor for Overland Journal

“The Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) is seeking a new editor for its quarterly News From The Plains newsletter.
Long-time editor Marlene Smith-Baranzini has announced plans to retire from the position following completion of the 2018-19 Fiscal Year (September 30).
Per OCTA Policy, the Board of Directors will make a decision on the new editor based on a recommendation from the Nominations & Leadership (N&L) Committee, with input from OCTA’s Publications Committee.
Applications should be sent to N&L Chair John Winner at swinner@dataentree.comno later than April 15.”