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Amodei: Yerington land transfer shows process can work when focus is on issues, not politics

August 20, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   Contact:        Brian Baluta, 202-225-6155

YERINGTON, Nev. – Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2) today released the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed the conveyance of 10,055 acres of lands to the City of Yerington for industrial, recreational and infrastructure purposes.

"Congratulations to the City of Yerington and Lyon County for how these lands will free the community to chart its own economic future in ways not readily available to most of Northern Nevada,” said Amodei. “I think this success story stands as an example of how, with some patience and persistence, the legislative process can work when the focus is on the issues and not political sport. The Pumpkin Hollow project and the surrounding multiple use development will have economic benefits across Western Nevada for years to come.”  

The conveyance became law during the 113th Congress as part of a historic package of Northern Nevada lands bills advanced in a bi-partisan, transparent process by the entire Nevada Congressional delegation. The Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act enables the City of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to purchase, at fair market value, and develop the BLM land surrounding the Pumpkin Hollow project. It also designated approximately 48,000 acres in Lyon County as the Wovoka Wilderness Area.

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