In the Silver State, 23.4 million acres of publicly owned national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands provide fish and wildlife with irreplaceable habitat. Despite the immense value of America’s public lands, special interests are working hard in favor of the Nevada public lands transfer. If the state were to take over these lands, it is indisputable that important lands would be sold off and closed to hunting, fishing, and public access.
Nevada government officials and stakeholders realize that this idea is unworkable, and they are stepping up in support of America’s public lands legacy.
“I firmly believe that we have a duty to preserve and protect our public lands…”
-Petition being circulated by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Marie Cortez
“I choose to live in Nevada specifically to enjoy access to its vast unspoiled public lands that are at the very heart of our Western heritage and way of life… If transferred to the state, Nevada would go bankrupt trying to manage these lands without selling off the best.”
-Larry Johnson, President of Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife
The Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife believes the broad transfer of public lands to state control is a bad idea.
The Reno Gazette-Journal editorialized in opposition to public lands transfer.