|Written by Patsy A. Waits|
Patsy A. Waits, Commissioner, Republican Lander County District 3Phone: (775) 964-2447 Office
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CONGRESSIONAL TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS TO THE STATE OF NEVADA Final Report on AB 227
On July 08, 2014, the Lander County Commissioners reviewed the final draft of the Nevada Land Management Task Force regarding Nevada’s public lands. AB 227, passed during the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, created the Nevada Lands Management Task Force to study issues surrounding how public lands controlled by the Federal Government would be managed if they were transferred to the State of Nevada. This statewide Task Force was made up of a representative from each of Nevada’s 17 counties, including Commissioner Patsy Waits from Lander County.
As most Nevadans are aware, our State has the highest percentage of federally managed land in the U.S., at over 80%. The Task Force has submitted their final report to the State Legislative Committee on Public Lands, and will be addressed in the Nevada 2015 Legislative Session.
The report includes a proposal identifying federal lands that could be transferred to Nevada. The report also includes a plan for how those lands would be administered and estimates of projected revenues. The Task Force’s draft report proposes requesting a preliminary phased transfer of 5 million acres of BLM land made up of “checkerboard lands” (smaller parcels of federal inholdings along the I-80 corridor), lands already designated for sale, and lands identified by local communities as desirable for public facilities or economic development.
The report estimates that such a transfer could generate revenues to pay for both the administration of the lands as well as for crucial State services including education and wildlife preservation. The Task Force is recommending that all multiple-uses and valid existing rights transfer with the land – most transferred land would remain public and under control of the State of Nevada. Finally, the proposal does not include the suggested transfer of sensitive federal lands such as wilderness areas, national conservation areas, lands administered by the US Departments of Energy and Defense, tribal lands, and National Parks.
For more information on the Task Force and to read the draft report visit: http://www.nvnaco.org.
|Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 09:16|