Recently, U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act of 2016 (S. 3102), public lands legislation providing new opportunities for economic development throughout the county while promoting conservation. This bipartisan legislation is the result of an inclusive, grassroots-driven public process, including meetings, discussions, and visits with and between Pershing County officials and local residents.
If passed, the Pershing lands bill will designate seven key areas throughout Pershing County as wilderness, as well as provide the tools needed to solve the checkerboard lands issue along the I-80 corridor. Friends of Nevada Wilderness applauds the Senators for working in a bipartisan fashion with various stakeholders in order to bring a balanced lands bills to Congress.