Support Conservation in the 2021 Nevada State Legislature

Breaking News!

Senate Bill 52, a bill to help promote and preserve Nevada's uniquely dark skies, is moving quickly through the Nevada Legislature and we need you to act now to help make sure it passes! 

Please submit your opinion here - and provide all the requested information. Legislators look at these results! You are also encouraged to make one-on-one contact with your own representatives by email. Find out who your state Senator and Assembly member are, then shoot them a quick email thanking them for supporting SB52 and preserving Nevada’s amazing dark skies! And thank YOU for taking action today!

Now, keep reading for more information about the conservation agenda in the 2021 Nevada Legislature!

While the vast majority of publicly-owned lands in Nevada are managed by the federal government (the primary focus of Friends of Nevada Wilderness), the State government can also play very important roles in helping to conserve all public lands, state and federal. The Governor and legislators have a strong voice in reinforcing their constituents’ desire to conserve public lands, as they did with these resolutions and this letter opposing military expansions. The State can partner with federal agencies to help stretch public investments in conservation. And the State manages critical wildlife habitat and a number of wonderful public parks that provide accessible and diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

The 2021 Legislative session will provide additional opportunities for the State to help conserve our unique landscapes and make them even more welcoming for locals and visitors to get out to enjoy and appreciate.  

Go to Read More below to review some of the initiatives the legislature is expected to take on in the 2021 session starting February 1. Friends will be tracking legislative action and will do our best to keep this page up to date with information on how you can help make good things happen. Please check back often!

Due to the pandemic, the Legislative Building will be closed to the general public for at least several weeks. The Legislative Counsel Bureau has posted this information on how the public can view/listen to meetings and submit oral or written testimony at committee hearings. 

Promoting Nevada’s spectacular dark skies

It's unanimous!

Senate Bill 52 that creates a program for designating dark sky sites, such as byways or parks, has been approved by the Nevada State Senate with a unanimous vote! The bill is championed by the Offices of the Lieutenant Governor and Outdoor Recreation

The bill now goes to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee

Friends of Nevada Wilderness supports SB52 and encourages our supporters to let their legislators know it’s a good bill and should be passed.  

Take Action! You can submit your opinion here - please provide all the requested information. Legislators look at these results! You are also encouraged to make one-on-one contact with your own representatives by email. Find out who your state Senator and Assembly member are, then shoot them a quick email thanking them for supporting SB52 and preserving Nevada’s amazing dark skies! 

If approved and signed by the governor, the new state program would complement the Dark Sky designations that are granted by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). Nevada is already home to two IDA Dark Sky Places; Great Basin National Park is a Dark Sky Park, and the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area in far northern Washoe County is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of only 14 in the world.

Bill sponsors say the intent of the proposal is to amplify and celebrate the work of the IDA by creating a state-level dark sky designation, to educate the public about the value of conserving Nevada’s uniquely dark skies, and to promote stargazing to boost tourism in rural communities. 

Language in SB52 recognizes the wide-ranging value of dark skies, which are prevalent in Nevada, where much of the land in the state is publicly owned:

Nevadans may submit their opinions on any bill or resolution at any time during the session at this link.

The 30x30 Campaign

The international 30x30 Campaign is a global effort to conserve 30% of the planet’s land and water resources by 2030. On January 27, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order addressing the 30x30 initiative, oil and gas leasing and renewable energy development.

In order to encourage Nevadans to be part of the Campaign, Assemblywoman Cecelia Gonzalez has requested that a resolution be drafted and adopted by the Nevada Legislature to urge “the President, Congress and certain federal entities to protect 30 percent of lands and waters in Nevada by 2030.” More specific language will be drafted with input from tribal leaders and conservation and sportspersons groups in the state.

Here are links to additional information about 30x30:

Western Leaders Network

League of Conservation Voters

Other Nevada conservation priorities

The Nevada Conservation League (NCL), in consultation with other organizations around the state including Friends, has compiled this list of conservation priorities that the Nevada Conservation Network will focus on in the 2021 session of the Nevada Legislature. 

COVID-19 Update:

The Legislative Building will be closed to the general public for at least several weeks due to the pandemic. Click here for information on how you can remotely participate in the legislative process. 

Read more about other conservation-related bills in the 2021 State Legislature:

AB95

Revises the membership of the Legislative Committee on Public Lands.
Section 1of this bill adds one member to the Committee who represents tribal governmentsand who is recommended by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc.,...

SB77

Revises provisions relating to public bodies. (BDR 19-466)
A public body that has entered into a memorandum of understanding or other agreement with a federal agency for the purpose of engaging with the federal agency on a decision under the National Environmental Policy Act of1969, 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321 6et seq.,may hold a closed meeting to engage in predecisional and deliberative discussions on the subject of the memorandum or agreement...

 

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