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Nevadans Celebrate Five Years Of Wild Lands Protections

November 6, 2007

Las Vegas, NV – Say "Happy Birthday" to a federal law credited with making sure there are wild areas in Nevada, not too far from your front door. Today is the fifth anniversary of the "Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act," legislation which protects more than 450,000 acres in Southern Nevada.

Pauline Orendain, a volunteer for the Nevada Wilderness Project says it was an important first step that gained protection for places like Sloan Canyon and the Red Rock National Conservation Area, through federal wilderness status.

"We're celebrating the areas that we were able to protect in 2002 and also to emphasize that there are other areas that still need to be protected; for the Bighorn Sheep as well as for -- I have a son who is five, and I think it's important for him to also know who lived here before, and how this place formed."

However, as many as 200,000 new residents are expected in the unincorporated areas of Clark County within the next decade. Bill Huggins, with Friends of Nevada Wilderness says one reason the Act deserves a celebration party is because it affords the area some important protection from what might otherwise be rampant development.

"I think it makes the city a little more beautiful; rather than having just development spreading all over the place, you've got a kind-of blending of development and open space, which is not just for people, but also for the wildlife that lives out there."

Conservationists are thanking Senators Reid and Ensign for their support in passing the Act. They're also urging them to expand Nevada's wilderness area protections for places like Gold Butte, as well as portions of the Spring Mountains, the Highland Range, and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NV