We need your help to tell our members of Congress that eliminating wilderness study areas, taking parts of the Fallon National Wildlife Refuge and shutting the public out of 618,727 acres is too much to ask!
We value these special places for recreation, wildlife habitat, cultural resource protection, and so much more. Bring your personal stories and experiences of how important these majestic areas have been to you to share with the delegation. Comments are limited to 3 minutes, so please plan accordingly.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
5 to 8pm
at the Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
Carpool with us!
Friends of Nevada Wilderness has arranged for a passenger van to transport folks to the meeting. We will meet up at the Northern Nevada office in Sparks the afternoon of January 28th by 3pm.
In Case You Missed It
The United States Navy just released their final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the major expansion proposed at the Fallon Range Training Complex in Churchill County, Nevada. The document is the Navy's assessment of the environmental impacts of its plan to nearly QUADRUPLE the size of the training complex.
The final EIS doesn’t come close to reflecting the public comments and the resolution passed through the Nevada legislature in opposition to the proposed expansion. Unfortunately, the land grab in the Dixie Valley north of US 50 proposed in the new EIS is essentially the same as the Draft EIS.
It still includes “a proposal to congress to remove the Wilderness Study Area designation” from essentially the same acreage and portions of the Clan Alpine, Job Peak, and Stillwater WSAs that the Navy wanted in the Draft EIS.
The Navy’s proposal to modernize the Fallon Range Training Complex would include:
- The proposed expansion would still remove the WSA designation of 12% of the Stillwater Range, 47% of Job's Peak, 11% of the Clan Alpines. That's 74,955 acres of your public lands protection that will be eliminated.
- Expand training operations into part of the Fallon National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1931 for migratory birds and desert habitat conservation.
- The Navy wants Congress to shut the public out of 618,727 acres of additional public land.
- In the Dixie Valley Training Area, which the Navy says would remain open to the public, there is NO guarantee that it would always remain open to the public.
Read the full document here: https://frtcmodernization.com/…/2020-Final-Fallon…/Final-EIS