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Wilderness Volunteers

Gold Butte National Monument, NV (Sep 20th - Sep 26th 2020)

This service project is sponsored by:

  • Cheryl Walczak

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Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat. Gold Butte National Monument offers cultural, natural and historical experiences and is popular for outdoor recreation. Visitors to the monument can hike to rock art sites, drive the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway to the area’s namesake mining ghost town, hunt desert bighorn sheep, or tour the area’s peaks and canyons on horseback.

Gold Butte National Monument fills a gap between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, creating a continuous swath of conserved land and establishing a wildlife corridor. Significant wildlife within the borders of the park includes Mojave Desert tortoise (a threatened species), bighorn sheep, and mountain lion, as well as Gambel's quail and chukar partridge. Important cultural and natural resources within the monument include rock art and sandstone formations. Within the park, "weather-chiseled red sandstone is incised with ancient rock art, and the remains of rock shelters and hearths, agave roasting pits and projectile points" may be found.

As stated in the presidential proclamation creating the monument, the area remains open for recreation, including hiking, hunting, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, off-highway driving and bicycling on designated roads and trails, sightseeing, the gathering of minerals and other materials important to native peoples who have lived on this lands for thousands of years, and other recreational uses. The area is now closed to industrial development, ensuring that the land is available for recreation.

Volunteer your time to this compelling and rich public land. This project will entail invasive plant and weed removal in a Mud Wash area of Red Rock Springs. Our volunteer group will also perform restoration tasks. We'll spend the week dispersed camping in the Whitney Pocket area where we'll make the daily 15-mile RT commute to our job site. Applicants should also expect to hike no more than 3 miles RT daily as we move along the wash.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.


For more information, visit the Gold Butte National Monument site.


Dates

Sep 20th - Sep 26th 2020

Service Project

Invasives removal; restorative work.

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Free Days

Hiking, archaeological & cultural sites, wildlife viewing, relaxing.

Accommodations

Tent camping near cars.

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : ~ 3-mi hike RT daily. Digging, lifting, bending, hauling, pulling, etc.

Leaders

Dudley McIlhenny
Zig Sondelski

Equipment List

Desert