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Amodei Introduces Pershing County Economic Development & Conservation Act

July 13, 2016
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Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 5752, the Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act, a public lands bill and bipartisan initiative to jump-start economic development throughout Pershing County while promoting conservation:

“This legislation is the result of a bottom-up approach, driven by Pershing County officials and local residents, who should be commended for balancing the critical issues inherent to our public lands in Nevada. By enacting meaningful reforms to resolve the issue of checkerboard lands, this bill increases the community’s private land base to provide more opportunities for economic growth, while ensuring long-term preservation of the county’s rural character through the disposal of appropriate federal lands. This measure is a win-win for Nevada both in terms of economic prosperity and conservation.”

BACKGROUND:

For more than a decade, Pershing County and its citizens have worked to resolve land issues within the county. Seventy-five percent of Pershing County is owned by the federal government, with much of this ownership being a checkerboard pattern of lands – hamstringing the community’s ability to expand opportunities for growth.

The Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act, a bill that is supported by the entire Nevada Congressional Delegation,was developed through an exhaustive public process that included input from local stakeholders, industries, and support from Pershing County officials and residents. Proceeds from the sale of these federal lands will be shared between the State, Pershing County, and the BLM forthe benefit of the State of Nevada’s general public education; wildfire pre-suppression and restoration, habitat conservation and restoration for greater sage-hen; and projects to address drought and other needs.

The bill includes several important measures such as:

·Disposing and conveying BLM lands in the county for economic and public purposes;

·Designating certain wilderness areas on BLM land in the County; and

·Releasing selected wilderness study areas back into multiple-use.

Companion legislation was introduced by Senators Heller and Reid on June 28, 2016. More details on the bill can be found here.

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