2021 Initiatives

Raising $250,000 for the first Wildwood Conservation Land Acquisition

Wildwood Conservancy

Wildwood Open Lands Foundation seeks to raise $250,000 this year to enable the foundation to make its first conservation land acquisition in the next 12-months.

In addition to protecting open space from development and exploitation, it is our intention to utilize that resource as a setting for WOLF’s natural sciences programming.

We are seeking a sizable property in the region between the Nevada/California Stateline to as far east as Fallon, NV, and between Gerlach and Smith Valley.

For more information about Wildwood Conservation’s efforts, contact Tim Garcia-Jay. tjay@wildwoodopenlands.org

Developing programming that shares the beauty of Nevada’s open spaces while modeling low-impact off-road travel practices.

Wildwood Expedition

WOLF has partnered with the Friends of Black Rock High Rock to develop a commercially guided, overland style, experience through the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. The guided tour is more than an off-road event. The bring-your-own-vehicle formatted route will highlight the natural, historical, and cultural aspects of this pristine and unique environment. Additionally, the three-day trip integrates low-impact travel practices (e.g. tread lightly!® and Leave No Trace) as part of ‘life on the trail’.

The overarching goal is to create a higher awareness, deeper engagement, and personal connection to the NCA. As the utilization of this fragile resource continues to climb, conservation through best management practices is accepted as the most successful effort to maintain current access.

Our expectation, in collaboration with the Friends of Black Rock High Rock, is that we will identify a licensed guide service to lead this commercial service in the NCA. WOLF and Friends of Black Rock High Rock will provide material and field support on an ongoing but limited basis in exchange for a percentage of revenue. In 2021, we will conduct a proof-of-concept beta tour in May. Over the summer months, we will prepare a formal operations plan that will serve as the basis for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) permitting. Concurrently we will develop a business plan to attract and vet a commercial partner in the latter months of the year. Ultimately, the commercial partner will assume leadership of the program as well as permitting and liability responsibilities.

Wildwood Expedition continues to explore and document its travels at wildwoodexpedition.com as well as through social media channels: Facebook & Instagram (@wildwoodexpedition). In addition to our effort in the NCA, Wildwood Expedition has planned an eastern Nevada route in early summer and a loop through the southwest states Nevada, Arizona, and Utah in late September.

On September 18th-19th, Wildwood Expedition will participate in the Adventure Van Expo at Homewood Mountain Resort on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The team will highlight 2021 successes and our longer-term initiatives. We’ll use this opportunity to engage with individual donors and introduce our mission to other corporate participants at the event.

For information about Wildwood Expedition’s 2021 projects, contact Jeff Rosenfeld jrosenfeld@wildwoodopenlands.org

More than deserts: Introducing a diverse ecosystem through direct experiences.

Wildwood Heritage

Our long-term vision is to bring a public facing discovery center to the region that connects the natural treasures of Nevada, the distinctiveness of Wildwood Conservancy preservations, and the travels of Wildwood Expedition through educational programming.

This year we have had the opportunity to jumpstart the Heritage efforts through developing presentation content for delivery during Wildwood Expedition’s program in the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA. This preliminary programing serves as the foundation for other educational offerings being explored through developing partnerships and programs.

To learn more about Wildwood Heritage’s Natural Sciences Program Development, contact us at heritage@wildwoodopenlands.org

Wildwood Open Lands Foundation

Our vision of building a sustainable, robust, conservation model that can tangibly deliver our mission of preserving natural and cultural resources relies on the support of community members like you.

Please help us by making a donation or becoming a volunteer.

Endless gratitude for your support!

-The WOLF Team

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