This year, two newly approved measures will protect public lands, advance Nevada’s outdoor recreation economy, and provide the funding to ensure that Nevada has safe drinking water sources, clean air, and resilient landscapes.
The 2019 Nevada legislature has ensured two major victories for public lands!
- Why is a dedicated Division of Outdoor Recreation good for Nevada?
- Nevada has joined the growing list of states committed to protecting public lands and advancing their outdoor recreation economies through a dedicated state office.
- As Western communities strive to develop sustainable, diverse economies that are less tied to the boom and bust cycle of extractive industries, outdoor recreation offers a promising path to prosperity.
- Thoughtful, innovative policies to support public lands and increase access for all Americans are critical for the outdoor recreation economy.
- Local economic data demonstrates the incredible economic power of public lands. This office can be an important partner in making good land-use planning decisions and building the case for increased public funding for recreation and conservation.
- The outdoor recreation economy in Nevada generates over $12 billion every year in consumer spending and supports 87,000 direct jobs.
- This new office will dedicate special attention to preserving and protecting our public lands and natural resources.
- Why is a continuation of funding to ensure safe drinking water sources, clean air, and resilient landscapes good for Nevada?
- This is a way to ensure that we protect our parks and open spaces – the ones near our homes and those outside our cities.
- It is more important than ever to have places where children can safely run, play, and experience nature. We need to continue to invest in state parks and natural areas, giving more kids access to outdoor activities that will improve their health and well-being.
- This new law ensures that we continue an important funding source for conservation and outdoor recreation projects like hiking trails and clean water.
- This new law continues funding for important conservation projects across the state, such as wildfire reduction and restoration efforts in forested watersheds and sagebrush ecosystems. Reducing the risk of wildfire will result in cleaner air for our cities.
- Imagine what we can do with additional funding to conserve Nevada’s iconic landscapes and natural treasures. We can build urban trails like the Las Vegas Valley Rim Trail, restore critical habitat for wildlife throughout our state, build educational exhibits for our museums, protect our rangelands and watersheds from catastrophic wildfire, and provide needed infrastructure along the Las Vegas Wash, Carson River and Truckee River.
Did you know you can make your voice even stronger by personalizing your message?
We’ve drafted a letter below for you to send to your Nevada lawmaker thanking them for passing Assembly bills 84 and 486. You can simply enter your information and hit send. Or use the text box to personalize your letter, add to it, or start from scratch to tell your lawmakers thank you!