Statement on Senator Harry Reid’s announcement not to run for re-election in 2016

March 27, 2015 – Statement from Brian O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Conservation Lands Foundation on Senator Harry Reid’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2016:

“Senator Reid has been a remarkable champion for America’s National Conservation Lands.  No one has done as much to protect wilderness than Senator Reid.  His leadership resulted in the protection of so many iconic landscapes in Nevada including the Black Rock Desert, Sloan Canyon and Great Basin National Park.

We are grateful for all of his leadership and we look forward to working with him for the next twenty months to build on his unmatched record of conservation achievement.

Nevadans and Americans for many generations to come will benefit Senator Reid’s vision and his mastery of the legislative process.”

In November 2010, the Conservation Lands Foundation presented Senator Reid with its highest honor, the Stewart Udall Conservation Award. Senator Reid championed the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area bill which protected 1.2 million acres of public lands in northwest Nevada.  He was the impetus behind the protection of Red Rock Canyon and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas in Nevada.  All three units are part of the National Conservation Lands.

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