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Nevadans Get Their Say on How Far the ‘Sprawl Can Crawl’

October 22, 2007

Reno, NV – Nevadans in the Reno area will have their say this week on how far urban sprawl should be allowed to crawl. The public comment period on the "Open Space and Natural Resources Management Plan" opens tomorrow.

Hiker and conservationist Ron Fudge says people should make their voices heard, because the plan will shape Reno for the next 20 to 50 years.

"For recreation, for visuals, for future generations, now is not the time to make a mistake and let it slip away."

Tina Nappe, with the Sierra Club's Toiyabe Chapter, says she would like to see Nevadans work together to preserve priority resources, including wildlife and water, as well as easy access to open spaces, such as trails for hiking and cycling.

"Unless we decide which lands we want to preserve, we will find our open spaces getting farther and farther away, instead of maintaining some nearby, within our growing community."

Valerie Williams, who enjoys the outdoors on horseback, concurs with the notion that open spaces are at risk. She says she's been watching houses creeping up the foothills, higher and higher into the mountains.

"We need to protect these huge portions of open land, for the welfare and mental health of our citizens, because we've already been so negatively impacted by the increasing number of roads, housing and shopping centers."

The meeting takes place tomorrow at 5:00 PM at the Wilber May Museum, inside the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NV