Reid Statement On U.S. Department Of The Interior’s $39.1 Million Investment In Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will invest more than $39 million dollars from the sale of public lands to fund projects that improve and restore public places in Nevada:

“I am so pleased that the Department of the Interior committed nearly $40 million from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, the largest amount from the fund since the recession, to help conserve our state’s most beautiful areas and promote public access to our natural resources. With yesterday’s announcement, 43 projects will receive funding to help protect the most environmentally and culturally sensitive areas in the state from reduced wildfire risk and other environmental damage while benefiting outdoor recreational activities for millions. Thanks to the hard work of those involved, Nevadans can continue to enjoy the natural and distinctive landscapes of our state for the foreseeable future.”

The funding for these projects was a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, an act that was championed by Senator Reid and allows the sale of public land in the Las Vegas Valley to fund a variety of projects throughout the state. Since its creation in 1998, the program has raised more than $3.5 billion for the preservation of more than 180,000 acres of Nevada’s most important landscapes and wildlife habitat and the creation of over 500 miles of public trails.  The portion of the revenue from the land sales is also provided to the State of Nevada General Education Fund and the Southern Nevada Water Authority for water treatment and transmission.

The $39.1 million will fund the following:

  • Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention – $5,740,970
  • Parks, Trails & Natural Areas – $4,753,487
  • Capital Improvements – $5,193,251
  • Conservation Initiatives – $5,737,540
  • Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions – $12,230,400
  • Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project – $4,155,412
  • Multi-Species Habitat Conservation – $1,291,523