Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act
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2009 Southern Nevada BLM office began public scoping to revise the 1998 RMP. The 2014 RMP revision written by Obama administration parameters died in the Trump administration. We’re back to the 1998 RMP that works only for solar field developers. Clark County wrote an RMP taking what preservationists and developers wanted out of the BLM’s Jan. 2018 RMP and sent it to Nevada’s Congressional delegation to pass it into federal law as the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act. If passed remaining BLM managed public land in Clark County will be sold for development or set aside for preservation protecting it from people. Less than 5% of remaining public land will open for people who use public land including offroaders who make up 30% of southern Nevadans. Travel by vehicle will be limited to designated routes. Designated routes to be determined within 2 years after passage of the Act. Other stakeholders know exactly what they’re getting up front. Only offroaders wait to see what will be left for them.
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Tell your elected Congressman and US Senators to oppose the proposed Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act. 5% of public land for the more than 30% of Southern Nevadans who use it is not a fair slice.
The proposed Conservation Act isn’t about Conservation. It’s about Preservation protecting public land from the public. Conservation manages public land for sustainable public use. The larger half (a million and a half acres) of public land in Clark County is already protecting from people as ACEC, Habitat, and Wilderness.
Tell your Congressman and US Senators to protect public land for public use because:
- People are better by time they spend in natural places.
- Most visitors to undeveloped public land do so traveling by vehicle.
- Nature is renewable, so natural places don’t have to be closed to current generations to be there for future generations.
- Sustainable Use is best achieved by dispersing use. The proposed Act concentrates people into smaller and smaller areas degrading the resource and the visitor’s experience.
Tell your Congressman and US Senators there’s a better plan ready to implement; BLM’s 2014 RMP revision Preferred Alternative (with April 2018 policy changes) balances Development, Preservation, and Conservation.
Tell your Congressman and US Senators to oppose Clark County’s proposed Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act.
Bob Adams, MRAN Legislative Officer