In 2001, Nevada’s voters approved state bonds for the Conservation & Resource Grant Program. The program has been vital in protecting and improving Nevada’s natural environment, cultural resources, and recreational opportunities. The program has helped preserve water quality, protect rivers and wetlands, and enrich State Parks and historic treasures. The Conservation Bond Program has helped make Nevada a great place to live and recreate.
Unfortunately, that program is coming to an end. The good news is that Nevada’s state legislators have introduce AB 84, essentially re-authorizing the program. This bill will ensure that future generations benefit from a wide range of outdoor activities and education. If passed, the State Board of Finance shall issue general obligation bonds up to $200,000,000 to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources for the State of Nevada.
A list of the bill’s allotments are listed below:
-$30,000,000 to the Division of State Parks of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to protect and preserve natural resources.
-$30,000,000 for the Department of Wildlife to enhance, protect and manage wildlife habitat or enhance recreational opportunities related to wildlife.
-$10,000,000 must be allocated to Clark County for the Clark County Wetlands Park and the Lower Las Vegas Wash to restore the existing wetlands and to create new wetlands.
-$67,000,000 to the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to be split between Clark County ($37 million), Washoe County ($20 million) and $10,000,000 is used in the remainder of the State. This money must be used for conservation programs, watersheds, fuel management, to enhance sage brush ecosystems, and develop public recreational opportunities like a bike path along Lake Tahoe.
Here are a few examples of what the program was able to accomplish thus far:
-Big Bend of the Colorado Campground
Open year-round, providing fun and memorable adventures
Situated on the shores of the Colorado River at Nevada’s southern tip, Big Bend of the Colorado River State Park includes nearly two miles of sandy shoreline. From camping and picnicking, to boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and bird watching, Big Bend is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
-Lake Tahoe East Shore Trail and Bike Path
Multi-use trail, connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park
This one-of-a-kind improves safety, increases access to popular recreational destinations, and helps protect and preserve Lake Tahoe’s water quality and clarity.
Expands outdoor recreation, promotes an active lifestyle
Helps prevent erosion, supporting the lake’s majestic blue waters Enhances visitor experiences and quality of life Carson River Wetland Protection and Aquatic Trail
-Carson River Wetland Protection and Aquatic Trail
Environmental conservation project, protecting vital habitats
By acquiring the Jarrard property and instating a conservation easement, this project preserves more than 368 acres of irrigated pasture, riparian habitat, wetlands, and navigable waters as part of the Carson River Aquatic Trail.
This bill is a great step forward in providing public lands and recreational opportunities for not only residents of the state, but for any and all visitors to our state. The chapter is looking forward to working with the state's lawmakers in making sure AB 84 passes and provides outdoor opportunities for generations to come.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, you can visit HERE for more information.