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Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!

The UPDATE:

Thanks to you, the resolutions in the state legislature are moving through the process with strong bi-partisan support! Both resolutions have passed nearly unanimously out of the floors and now will be heard through the opposite houses. 

Folks turned out in large numbers to attend the hearings on March 5 (Senate) and March 6 (Assembly). Everyone spoke in favor of the resolutions! The resolutions moved into committee work sessions on March 18 (Assembly) and March 21 (Senate) where they were quickly and unanimously passed out of committee.

Senator Scheible added an amendment to the Senate Joint Resolution 3 to include opposition to the proposed military expansion of the NTTR near Beatty.  The amended joint resolution passed the Senate unanimously on April 17th (vote count 20-0).  

Assemblywoman Cohen added an amendment to Assembly Joint Resolution 2 to include language on the importance of cultural resources.  The amended joint resolution passed the Assembly unanimously on April 18th (vote count 40-1).  

Why: DNWR is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states, exhibits a stunning diversity of plant and animal life and includes some of the highest value bighorn sheep habitat in the country. We must speak in a loud voice to get the bi-partisan support needed to get the resolution passed, and help convince Congress that Nevada values our wildlife, our unique desert environment, and open access to our public lands. 

Read the original Resolution: SJR 3 - Senator Melanie Schieble sponsor

Below is the actual language from the resolution directed to our members of Congress:

RESOLVED  BY  THE SENATE  AND ASSEMBLY  OF  THE STATE  OF NEVADA, JOINTLY, That the  members  of  the  80th  Session  of  the Nevada  Legislature  strongly  oppose  the  range  of  alternatives  and sub-alternatives   set   forth   in   the  final  legislative  environmental impact statement, especially Alternative 2 and Alternative 3C given that their approval by Congress would result in an unacceptable loss of  public  access  to  and  in  the  degradation  of  the  Desert  National Wildlife Refuge; and be it further RESOLVED, That the members of the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature urge Congress to work collaboratively with all interested parties to develop a compromise alternative that would both enhance training  opportunities  for  the  United  States  Air  Force  and  continue to provide essential protections for Nevada’s wildlife and outdoor recreational experiences for Nevadans and visitors;

 

Submit your comment online:  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

Type in SJR3, then select “In Favor” and you can also add additional comments and your personal information.

Save the Stillwater Wildlands

Your Voice is being heard…

On March 25th Assembly Joint Resolution 7 was introduced - "Expresses the opposition of the Nevada Legislature to the proposed expansion of the Fallon Range Training Complex." On April 16th, the Assembly of the Nevada State legislature passed AJR 7 nearly unanimously (Vote count 39-1). 

The military wants to shut you out of more than 350,000 acres of valuable public land YOU own in order to expand the Fallon Naval Air Station bombing range across six counties in Nevada. Will you sign our petition asking your members of Congress to turn down this current proposal from the military?  

The Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex is seeking to withdraw and reserve for military use approximately 606,685 acres of public lands managed by the BLM - and closing 359,928 of those acres to the public. If successful, this will increase military-controlled lands in the area to nearly 1,000 square miles - quadrupling their area of control from 239,575 acres. Their proposal includes the elimination of 74,400 acres of Wilderness Study Areas in parts of the Clan Alpine Mountain, Job Peak and Stillwater Range WSAs. We think Wilderness designation is a better option for conservation AND the military! Rather than getting rid of portions of WSAs, urge the military to support full Wilderness designation for the five WSAs surrounding their proposed expansions.

This is military over reach. Please tell your elected representatives the Navy needs to come back with a measured proposal that protects national defense while preserving the resources we value in Nevada.

The public comment period was extended until February 14, 2019. Friends of Nevada Wilderness provided detailed comments and is continuing to work with the military and other stakeholders to find a way to protect our Wilderness Study Areas. 

Read more for details below.

Watch the Stealth Land Grab Video (produced prior to the draft EIS release- there have been some changes) to see what's at stake! 

Clark County Public Lands Campaign

Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been participating with Clark County staff along with other conservation organizations, to provide information on Wilderness quality lands that need protection in Clark County.

Clark County developed a draft resolution on what they would like to see in a public lands bill. On June 5, 2018 they held a public open house to allow the public to review their draft proposal. The county had a 7-day public comment period that ended on June 12. On June 19th, Clark County Commissioners voted unanimously to pass that resolution to urge the Nevada Congressional delegation to begin drafting legislation regarding public lands development and conservation.

The County Commission has agreed to include about 82,000 acres of high value Wilderness in their proposal. This includes the Mt. Stirling Wilderness Study Area as well as expansions of a number of existing Wilderness areas such as Eldorado, Ireteba Peaks, South McCullough, and Muddy Mountains.

The resolution requests that our federally elected leaders consider expanding the disposal boundary of the Las Vegas Valley by about 44,000 acres and protect about 290,000 acres of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) in the valley to help balance development.

Shortly after passage, Senator Cortez-Masto released a press release stating, “I look forward to working with the Commission, members of our Congressional delegation, and stakeholders across Nevada to develop balanced federal legislation that meets the county’s needs, prioritizes smart growth, and invests in conservation.” Friends of Nevada Wilderness and other conservation organizations have been working with county staff to identify conservation measures and appreciate their outreach and partnership. You can read her full statement by following this link.

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