Welcome to the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club.
We invite you to participate with us and our regional groups in outings, events, and conservation activities throughout Nevada and the California portion of the eastern Sierra Nevada. Our Chapter's contains the heart of the nation's public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. Some of the nation's premier wilderness and park lands are to be found here. Most of our activities are open to all to enjoy, but by joining Sierra Club you will help protect our legacy of accessible, scenic lands and help provide clean air and water for citizens, visitors, and wildlife. And be sure the check out our Great Basin Peaks Section outings and activities – and don't miss our blog on outings and much more at the bottom of this page.
Federal lands should stay in federal hands
"Management of public lands has made headlines since the attempted gather of Cliven Bundy's cattle a year and a half ago. For more than 20 years, his cows have been grazing illegally on more than 300,000 acres of public land owned by all Americans. That land includes Gold Butte, a beautiful area of the desert between Lake Mead and Mesquite..." [By Chris Giunchigliani and Kelvin Atkinson; Special to the Las Vegas Review-Journal]
Toiyabe Chapter statement on Greater Sage Grouse Decision
The Nevada Conservation League and the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statements following the announcement that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the Greater Sage-Grouse does not require protections under the Endangered Species Act.
“The Nevada Conservation League is pleased to learn that the historic conservation efforts that have been undertaken by local stakeholders have eliminated the need for an Endangered Species Act listing. As this process moves forward, we look to our federal and state agencies to ensure that the momentum continues and that conservation programs are fully funded and implemented.” - Robert Buntjer, Chairman, Nevada Conservation League.
"The Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club has been involved with sage-grouse efforts since the early part of the last decade and we applaud the myriad of efforts that agencies and individuals on the federal and state level are putting into reversing sagebrush habitat declines. Our hope is that there are clear roles and responsibilities at all levels to ensure that projects are funded, that the projects are successful and that resources are appropriately prioritized." - Rose Strickland, Public Lands Chair, Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter
Male Sage Grouse on lek
in Nevada's "sagebrush sea"
Friends of Gold Butte report significant damage
"...Due to adverse circumstances, the BLM and all federal land management agencies have halted official activities in the Gold Butte area since April 2014. In the absence of a land management presence, Friends of Gold Butte (FoGB) has witnessed an increasing level of intrusion near historic and cultural sites as well as impacts to sensitive desert areas that are habitat for threatened and endangered species. Between November 2014 and July 2015, FoGB documented significant damage in Gold Butte. ..."
- Executive Summary from Friends of Gold Butte report on damage taking place at this spectacular place in the Mojave Desert. Get the report and contact your representatives today.
President Obama declares 700,000 acre "Basin and Range NM"
There is a new National Monument in Nevada created on July 10, 2015 by President Obama named "Basin and Range" in Southeastern Nevada encompassing 2 remote desert valleys and surrounding an art work created by Michael Heizer called "City".
The President established the 700,000 acre National Monument to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Click on the map to see the boundaries of the new monument or see news story here.
The Chapter has hikes throughout Nevada and the eastern Sierra. See our outings below or here for Great Basin Group Outings.
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