LAS VEGAS, NV – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) has unveiled a working draft of the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act, which would expand economic and housing development opportunities, support local Tribes, promote conservation, and improve public lands management in Washoe County. Senator Rosen also announced the start of a two-month public feedback period for the legislation.
- U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen has unveiled a working draft to expand economic and housing development opportunities, support local tribes, promote conservation, and improve public lands management in Washoe County.
- The bill is the first step towards finding common ground on how to manage public lands in Washoe County, and striking a balance between Nevada’s conservation needs and growing communities.
- Senator Rosen has worked closely with stakeholders and her working draft has the support of the mayors of Reno and Sparks, Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, and Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
Reporter: “Washoe County running out of land for development. The squeeze is partially contributing to higher housing costs. Last week, Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen unveiled her version of a federal lands bill aimed to solve this problem.”
Sparks Mayor Ed Lawson: “(Senator Rosen’s bill) is a game changer not just for Sparks, but for the entire community.”
Washoe County Commissioner Alexis Hill: “We are trying to protect our incredible natural resources and recreation areas for the future. (Senator Rosen’s bill) protect(s) these areas to ensure that you don’t have development and that people can access them and that they’re open.”
Reporter: “A plan to sell off some federal land and Washoe County for development has been resurrected by Senator Jacky Rosen. […] The bill would also designate hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness. It would also expand land held by various indigenous tribes. The plan has the support of the Mayors of Reno, Sparks and the chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian colony, among others.”
Reporter: “Senator Jacky Rosen is accepting feedback on a working draft of the Truckee Meadows Land Management Act. The Senator says the Act could expand economic and housing development opportunities, support local Tribes, promote conservation, and improve public lands management right here in Washoe County. Rosen says the opportunity for Nevadans to provide comments on the draft started today and it will be open for two months.”