Over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29), the fifth annual Sacred Water, Sacred Forests Camp will be taking place in eastern Nevada.
Every year a group of grassroots activists and community members have gathered in this remote region to celebrate the beauty of the Great Basin, share information and strategies about protecting the area, and spend time visiting some of the most important threatened sites in the region.
This year we plan to address several issues. First is the long-term threat of the SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority) groundwater extraction project – locally known as the “Las Vegas Water Grab.” This unsustainable trainwreck is a multi-billion dollar pipeline and groundwater wells that would completely destroy half a dozen valleys in this region, creating a dustbowl around Great Basin National Park, several important wilderness areas, and critical habitat.
The water grab also threatens a number of Newé (Goshute and Shoshone) sacred sites.
We’ll also discuss and visit sites where so-called “Pinyon-Juniper Restoration” is taking place. This Orwellian practice is essentially clearcutting—and sometimes even worse. The moonscapes left behind here give lie to this land-destroying practice that ultimately benefits the big cattle industry at the expense of every living creature in Nevada.
If you’d like to join, this family friendly event is free and open to anyone! It’ll be a bit rustic—we’ll be camping out at a beautiful location—but we’ll make some great BBQ to share with everyone! We’re looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces this year.