Press Release – Support expressed for conservation of exceptional public lands in Southern Nevada

The Conservation Lands Foundation praised U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus for hosting a public meeting with Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor about Southern Nevada’s public lands.

“It’s encouraging to see the strong support for protecting outstanding public lands in Nevada such as Basin and Range and Gold Butte,” stated Brian O’Donnell, Executive Director, Conservation Lands Foundation and panelist at the meeting.

Among southern Nevada’s public lands are areas with many unique and nationally significant places worthy of permanent protection. Framed by eight mountain ranges, the Garden and Coal Valleys of Nevada form the heart of the Basin and Range conservation proposal. These unspoiled valleys are distinguished by their remoteness and pristine condition. As part of America’s “Great Basin,” this area is home to some of Nevada’s best archeological sites, critical habitat for plants and animals found no where other than Nevada. The proposal contains a rich diversity of species.

The unprotected public lands of Gold Butte, are another culturally and ecologically important landscape with rugged mountains, Joshua tree and yucca forests, sandstone formations, and braided washes that descend into slot canyons. It is a region abundant with wildlife including big horn sheep, kit foxes, the venomous Mojave Green rattlesnake, Gila monsters and the desert tortoise.

“Senator Reid has long been a leader in the conservation of remarkable public lands in Nevada. We appreciate the steps he’s taking to listen to the public regarding the best way to recognize and preserve places like Basin and Range,” commented O’Donnell.

In 2010, the Conservation Lands Foundation honored Sen. Harry Reid with the Stewart Udall Conservation Award for his work to protect public lands and waters.

For additional information and background on the Basin and Range Conservation proposal, visit: www.ProtectBasinandRange.org .

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