WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who helped author the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, worked with the Nevada Congressional Delegation on a balanced, compromise proposal to modernize the Fallon Range Training Complex at Naval Air Station Fallon, the U.S. Navy’s top legislative priority. This compromise also includes Senator Rosen’s Lander County Land Management and Conservation Act, which will transfer land to Lander County to improve airports, allow access to water infrastructure, increase recreation and outdoor tourism opportunities, and support economic development, while also designating over 14,000 acres of new wilderness.
The Fallon compromise includes key mitigations for local and Tribal governments, including permanently protecting over half a million acres of public lands; managing and protecting Tribal and cultural resources; continued access for Tribes, sportsmen, and the public; requiring consultation by the Navy; and providing additional land to Churchill County for economic development and public purposes. In addition, this compromise would resolve the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s claims for the contamination and loss of land on their reservation, providing the Tribe with $20 million and over 8,000 acres in trust land. As part of the compromise, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe will acquire $20 million to develop and construct a Numu Newe cultural center to sustain the knowledge and culture of local Tribes, as well as 10,000 acres in trust land.
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- Nevada’s federal delegation — including Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen — has worked over the last five years with the different stakeholders to come up with a compromise that supported both military and local tribes and communities.
- The agreement also includes Rosen’s Lander County Land Management and Conservation Act, which will transfer land to Lander County to improve airports, allow access to water infrastructure, increase recreation and outdoor tourism opportunities and support economic development, Rosen’s office said in a statement. Her legislation also designates more than 14,000 acres of new wilderness.
- “I’m proud to have helped bring all stakeholders to the table to put together a balanced deal to support our military while also increasing our conservation efforts, promoting economic development, and addressing Tribal and local government needs,” said Rosen in a statement.
Rosen: “We train all the Naval aviators, those Top Gun Naval aviators, Navy Seals – part of their training is in Fallon. So they need to be sure that it’s realistic so they can protect our country and save lives.”
Reporter: “According to Senator Rosen’s team hundreds of thousands of acres are set to be designated for conservation purposes as well. 18,000 acres will also be provided to Tribes here in Nevada.
- A plan to expand the U.S. Navy’s Fallon Range Complex will be included in the National Defense Authorization Act for the upcoming fiscal year… a priority for Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen and Republican Rep. Mark Amodei.
- The bipartisan compromise also includes Rosen’s Lander County Land Management and Conservation Act which will transfer land to Lander County to improve airports, allow access to water infrastructure, increase recreation and outdoor tourism opportunities, and support economic development. 14,000 acres will also be designated as a new wilderness area.
- “After years of negotiations, this landmark achievement will provide our Naval aviators with the training environment they need to meet our national security threats, while also providing necessary mitigations and protections for local governments, Tribes, and public lands,” said Rosen.
- The legislation designates over 581,887 acres of conservation, wilderness areas and other protected areas, and holds a total of 18,170 acres of land in trust for the Walker River Paiute and Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribes.
- Additionally, the agreement will allow Churchill County and Lander County to access land for economic growth.
- “We are proud that when Churchill County’s future was challenged by the Navy’s proposed expansion, we stood together, worked together and created an exciting plan for the future. Over time, Governors Sandoval and Sisolak, Congressman Amodei, Senator Cortez Masto, and Senator Rosen fought shoulder to shoulder with Churchill County to ensure the prosperous future we see for the County,” said Pete Olsen, Churchill County Commission Chair.
Reporter: “Plan to expand the Navy’s Fallon Range Complex is included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan compromise includes Senator Jacky Rosen’s Lander County Land Management and Conservation Act, which will transfer land to Lander, improve airports, allow access to water infrastructure, increase recreation and outdoor tourism opportunities, and support economic development.”