Congress will make the final decision on whether our precious Desert National Wildlife Refuge is protected or whether it will largely be turned into a military base. On June 11th, the Senate Armed Services Committee said no to military expansion in Nevada for both the Nellis Test and Training Range and the Fallon Naval Air Station. Both bases would have their current military withdrawal extended for 20 years - but no new expansions. The House Armed Services Committee should be making their decision of these bases in the next few weeks.
Of course, it still has to pass both the House and Senate and be signed into law but this is an exciting first step towards the long term protection that Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been working so hard to achieve. A huge thank you to everyone who has written letters, turned up to meetings, signed petitions, and stood firm for protecting the wildlands the military was trying to take away from us.