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Federal Monuments Review Comment Period Closes as Basin and Range National Monument Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

Last night, the Department of the Interior closed public comment on the administration’s controversial review of the designations of Basin and Range and Gold Butte National Monuments and other monuments across the country. Ironically, this came on the same day as  the second anniversary of Basin and Range National Monument’s designation. Much to the White House’s chagrin, public comments were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the monuments in place. (more…)

Environmentalists Deliver 400+ Letters to Dean Heller Opposing Trump Budget Cuts

Several environmental and progressive groups visited U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office to urge him to vote against Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts. The Nevada Conservation League then delivered 408 handwritten letters to Heller’s office opposing cuts to environmental health programs. They want Senator Heller to stick to his word and vote against an anti-Nevada budget. (more…)

Mesquite City Council Sneaks in Anti-Gold Butte Resolution for Quick Approval

On the final Mesquite City Council meeting before the Fourth of July holiday, the council voted 4-1 to approve a controversial resolution endorsing a reduction in the size of Gold Butte National Monument. Despite objections from Mesquite Mayor Allan Litman, his colleagues voted on the resolution which had very little public vetting before yesterday's meeting. (more…)

Ryan Zinke Forced to Address Trump Administration’s Plans for Nevada’s Newest National Monuments

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continued his jaunt through Nevada with a stop in Pahrump to announce the release of rural funds that were already appropriated. But when asked about the Trump Administration’s controversial “review” of National Monuments (including Nevada’s two monuments), Zinke was less than clear. So what exactly is in store for Nevada’s national monuments? (more…)

Public Lands Advocates Greet Ryan Zinke in Tahoe, Urge Trump Administration to Leave National Monuments Alone

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke flew to Northern Nevada today to address a private event for Rule of Law Defense Fund, a right-wing group with ties to Republican Attorneys General. Public lands advocates greeted him as he arrived at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. They also urged him to appear in public and listen to Nevadans who want the Trump Administration to keep Nevada’s National Monuments intact. (more…)

Gold Butte National Monument, one of Nevada's regions of protected public lands

The Monumental Fight to Protect Nevada’s Public Lands

This week, President Donald Trump is ordering a review of the past 21 years of his predecessors’ declarations of National Monuments. Yet before the Trump Administration announced its plans to the national media, we were following along as Nevada local leaders have expressed commitment to continue protecting our public lands. It’s another fascinating twist in the ongoing monumental fight to protect public lands. (more…)