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(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Harry Reid (D-NV) teamed with Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02) to introduce the Douglas County Conservation Act of 2015, S. 472. The legislation expands recreational opportunities, promotes conservation, and jump-starts economic development in Douglas County, Nevada.

“The Douglas County Conservation Act is the result of a thorough, public process that included local input, public meetings, and support from Douglas County officials and residents. The results were positive, and I am certainly pleased to work alongside Senator Reid and Congressman Amodei on this important legislation. With over 85 percent of Nevada controlled by the federal government, it is imperative we collaborate at all levels in order to provide economic opportunity while ensuring the rural character of the Carson Valley remains intact,” said Senator Dean Heller.

“I am happy to join Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei in introducing this bipartisan and balanced bill that will promote responsible development in Douglas County while protecting important natural resources and the ranching heritage of the area,” said Senator Harry Reid. “This legislation represents the hard work by Douglas County to engage a diverse group of stakeholders to craft an agreeable, impressive lands package. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Heller and Congressman Amodei to get this bill over the finish line and to President Obama’s desk so it can be signed into law.”

Congressman Mark Amodei added, “This legislation is the result of a bottom-up approach, directed by the people of Douglas County, who should be commended for balancing the economic, cultural and conservation issues inherent to lands bills in Nevada,” said Rep. Mark Amodei. “I will work with my House colleagues and my Nevada delegation colleagues Senators Heller and Reid to ensure that this work product is brought up for a vote, passed and signed into law.”

The Douglas County Conservation Bill:

  • Developed through an exhaustive public process.
  • Provides for economic development and long-term preservation of the rural character of Douglas County through the disposal of appropriate federal lands.
  • Conveys important cultural sites to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
  • Improves recreation opportunities in Douglas County and provides for protection of sage grouse habitat.
  • Allows for greater flood control and infrastructure management by making certain federal land available to the county.
  • Resolves the Burbank Canyons Wilderness Study Area in Douglas County.


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