On Thursday, December 15, the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives (which voted 350-80 on December 8, 2022) in advancing to President Biden’s desk the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 that includes key public land conservation designations for Nevada.
The conservation designations, roughly 560,000 acres in Nevada, were the only public land conservation protections included in the NDAA. The new designations include the Numunaa Nobe and Pistone-Black Mountain National Conservation Areas; Clan Alpine Mountains, Desatoya Mountains, and Cain Mountain Wilderness; and Numu Newe Special Management Area.
The defense bill also includes key provisions for military readiness with the Fallon Naval Air Station expansion; economic development opportunities for Churchill and Lander counties; and financial mitigation and reservation expansions for the Walker River Paiute and Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribes. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, and Representative Mark Amodei worked over several years alongside the Fallon Paiute Shoshone and Walker River Paiute Tribes, the U.S. Navy and local Counties to craft the compromise.
Below is a statement from Brian Sybert, Executive Director for Conservation Lands Foundation:
“We thank Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen and Representative Mark Amodei for their work over the years crafting a delicate community compromise that has resulted in the only conservation win within this year’s NDAA heading to the President’s desk. We are excited to see more than half a million acres of conservation being designated in the state of Nevada, including three Wilderness areas, two National Conservation Areas and the Numu Newe Special Management Area. We look forward to President Biden signing the legislation and are committed to ensuring these new designations receive the enhanced level of care they deserve.”
About Conservation Lands Foundation
Conservation Lands Foundation leads the only national movement of grassroots advocates to protect, restore and expand National Conservation Lands. CLF is headquartered in Durango, Colorado with field offices throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit conservationlands.org.