LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) held a video roundtable to connect with Nevada environmental groups, including Nevada Conservation League, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Get Outdoors Nevada, and the Nevada Wildlife Federation. During the call, the Senator spoke with the groups on a number of statewide issues including funding for Nevada public lands, Senator Rosen’s recently introduced Fair Returns for Public Lands Act, support for Nevada’s outdoor recreation industries, and infrastructure development within the Silver State.
“People come from all over the world to experience what Nevada’s pristine outdoor environment has to offer,” said Senator Rosen. “Our majestic public lands, monuments, and waterways aren’t just a source of beauty; they’re also a source of economic opportunity for our state. I was glad to convene this meeting of Nevada-based conservation groups to discuss my environmental efforts in Congress. We also discussed how we can strengthen local conservation efforts, support our outdoor industries, and ensure that needed infrastructure developments are enacted responsibly. I will continue working on these issues so that Nevadans and visitors to the Silver State can enjoy our outdoor wonders for generations to come.”
BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, Senators Rosen and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced their bipartisan Fair Returns for Public Lands Act, legislation to update the nation’s outdated public lands royalty system and ensure that taxpayers and rural communities get fair returns on leases of public lands for oil and gas production.
Also this month, Senators Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging them to ensure that states like Nevada get their fair share of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) projects, and to meet with Nevada stakeholders – including state and local governments, Tribal governments, environmental conservation groups, the outdoor recreation community, and the public – to discuss opportunities for more Nevada LWCF projects to be included next year.