Washington, DC - December 20, 2013
Nevada Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller today jointly released a discussion draft of the Nevada Sagebrush Landscape Conservation and Economic Development Act. The proposal would conserve sage-grouse habitat in Nevada while providing economic development opportunities to industries and local governments throughout the state. Attached is a copy of the discussion draft.
The Nevada delegation is committed to working on actions that can be taken to help prevent the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the Greater sage-grouse, as well as the negative impact such a listing would have on Nevada’s economy. In August, Senators Reid and Heller joined Congressman Mark Amodei at a meeting with top officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss such efforts. This federal legislation will complement the work done by the Governor’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.