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Wild Washoe Under Attack by Washoe County Commissioners

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Urgent Action is needed NOW. Washoe County Commissioners and their proposed legislation would strip away meaningful conservation protections from our beautiful Wilderness Study Areas in the county.

The 600,000 acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) in Washoe County are immediately threatened by actions proposed by Washoe County Commissioners. They are proposing to get rid of about 400,000 acres of these Wilderness Study Areas and designate only about 150,000 acres of them as Wilderness.

Write or email your Washoe County Commissioner BEFORE MAY 30

Washoe County Commissioners, 1001 E. Ninth St. Building A, Reno, NV 89512

ALSO Please fill out Washoe County's online survey about this proposal by clicking here

The Washoe County Survey asks the following: Please register with your name and address at the end of the survey!

  • Do you think local government should have more say than the federal government in how our region grows?  NO - We think ALL Americans should have a say in how their public lands are managed. Washoe County has demonstrated by this latest proposal that it wants only development NOT conservation.
  • Do you support preserving open space and wilderness in the region?  YES

Please share any other thoughts about the bill: Here are some suggestions....

  • It is totally unacceptable to get rid of 400,000 acres of WSAs, they should ALL be made Wilderness.
  • If there can't be meaningful Wilderness protection to balance the development, this entire process should STOP.
  • We are better off just keeping all of our 600,000 acres of WSAs and forgetting this bill.
  • This process needs to slow down and see if it can be fixed to ensure strong conservation.
  • Our quality of life depends on protected wild places to recreate.
  • Our wildlife needs wild places where their habitat isn't threatened with roads and development.

Other questions asked

  • Do you support local government growing in a smart way to avoid sprawl?  How else but yes can you answer this silly question?
  • How would you like to see Washoe County grow to keep up with the growing population?  Let them know your vision for a livable Washoe County that supports our quality of life AND our wildlife.

Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!

11_11_DNWR_CowCamp_shoot_kuz_6988_89_90_91_92.jpgDON'T BOMB THE BIGHORN UPDATE: The desert bighorn sheep thank you for your outpouring of support for them and for their home in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!

In total, 32,000 of us sent comments to the Air Force in favor of keeping the Desert National Wildlife Refuge as it stands today! This amazing accomplishment is thanks to people like you. The comment period and public meetings are over, but our work to protect the refuge still has a long way to go. We will continue working with our Nevada Congressional delegation, the media, local elected officials and others to show strong support for permanent protection of the Desert Refuge as Wilderness. "Don't Bomb the Bighorn!"

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, just outside the city lights of Las Vegas, is nearly 1.6 million acres and home to one of Nevada’s largest desert bighorn sheep populations. 1.2 million areas of the Desert Refuge were proposed as Wilderness by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 1971. Immediately threatened by this round of military expansion is the broader Sheep Range proposed Wilderness (Sheep Range, Las Vegas Range, Gass Peak).

On December 7, 2017, the military released their legislative EIS with details on how much more of the refuge and proposed Wilderness they want to take over - it is a LOT!  Hundreds of you turned out to the military's public meetings in January and 32,000 comments went in to the military opposing their expansion by the end of the comment period in March. We have been working feverishly to ensure that the word is out about what is happening just north of Las Vegas in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

The Air Force still wants to withdraw an additional 300,000 acres of the Desert Refuge to add to their monstrous 2.9 million acre Nevada Testing & Training Range! We will need to continue the fight! The military final EIS is expected out at the some time in the fall of 2018.

Pershing County Public Lands Bill

PershingCounty_ReconMarch16_kkuznicki_8099_copy.jpgFriends of Nevada Wilderness is proud to work with members of the Nevada delegation to advance a comprehensive lands bill for Pershing County that aims to conserve important areas as wilderness and provide economic development for the County. This bill will ensure the permanent protection of 136,072 acres of wilderness, while also providing tools to help resolve the checkerboard land issue. Take action to support a Pershing County public lands bill by clicking here!

BREAKING NEWS: Gold Butte National Monument Under Attack

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BREAKING NEWS: Gold Butte National Monument is one of the four National Monuments the Trump administration wants to slash! On December 4th, President Trump traveled to Utah to announce his plans to gut the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to allow for fossil fuel development. On December 5th, the ax fell on Nevada's Gold Butte National Monument when Secretary Zinke's final National Monument Review Report was released. We will release more details as they become available, along with how you can take action!

Las Vegas District BLM Draft RMP Public Comment Period

HighlandRange_PetersonK_1050.jpgDeadline has been Extended: Comments Due March 23!

The BLM has requested public input for the Revised Draft Southern Nevada District Resource Management Plan (RMP). This revision will focus on:

• Renewable energy
• Areas of Critical Environmental Concern
• Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
• Land Disposals

 

Protect the Integrity of the Wilderness Act

mtn_bikecropped.PNGIn a recent push to undermine one of our most bedrock conservation laws, the Wilderness Act of 1964, some congressional representatives are seeking to open Wilderness areas up to mountain bikes - an activity specifically prohibited by the Wilderness Act. Learn more how you can take action to maintain the integrity of the Wilderness Act here.

 

In Defense of National Monuments

Monument-ads-Gold-Butte.jpgFrom the Statue of Liberty to the California Coast, National Monuments protect our nation's history, cultural heritage, threatened and endangered wildlife, scenic vistas, and thriving oceans. The Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, gives presidents the authority to safeguard and preserve federal lands as National Monuments for all Americans to enjoy. Sixteen presidents from both parties have used this authority to protect stunning lands and oceans across America including right here in Nevada. Great Basin National Park was originally designated as a National Monument in 1922 and in 2016, Nevada received two more National Monuments - Basin and Range and Gold Butte. However, threats to this bedrock conservation law and to national monuments across the country continue to grow. Learn more about the campaign to defend Nevada's National Monuments and how you can take action!

Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

BitterRidgeSouth_LWC_kkuznicki_7101.jpgAmerica’s 640 million acres of federal public lands are the backbone of our rich outdoor heritage. However, some extremist politicians would like to sell off YOUR public lands to the highest bidder and close off access forever. Please join us in the continued fight to keep public lands in public hands. Continue reading for more information on recent public land victories in the Nevada State Legislature and in Congress to #KeepItPublic.

Fallon Expansion

clanalpine_humboldtmarsh_wallin.jpgThe Fallon Range Training Complex is seeking to withdraw and reserve for military use approximately 604,789 acres of public land. Their expansion proposal overlaps several wild areas of northern Nevada including portions of the three wilderness study areas managed by the BLM: the Stillwater Range, Job Peak, and the Clan Alpine Mountains. The expansion would also include portions of the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and several Friends of Nevada Wilderness' proposals for lands with wilderness characteristics units currently managed by the BLM. Learn more about the proposed expansion and how it will affect YOUR public access.

Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

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The Bureau of Land Management is releasing Resource Management Plans across the state. These land-use decision-making documents will guide how public lands in Nevada are managed for the next couple of decades, including the last vestiges of our wild tracts of land. With so many current threats to our public lands it is important that people who love to recreate outside, love wildlife, and appreciate Nevada's rich history get involved in this process to ensure lands with wilderness characteristics are properly managed and protected.

 The BLM needs to hear from you to help safeguard our wild landscapes. 

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