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Nevada Celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday

Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, and some Nevadans have their eye on Gold Butte as the next potential national monument. (Friends of Gold Butte)
Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, and some Nevadans have their eye on Gold Butte as the next potential national monument. (Friends of Gold Butte)
September 23, 2016

GOLD BUTTE, Nev. – Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, and many Nevadans will celebrate by pulling weeds, maintaining trails, and picking up trash at parks and recreation areas around the state. In addition, all federally-managed land that has an entry fee will waive it in honor of the holiday, which was first celebrated in 1994.

Mercedes Burkavage, who owns the Bighorn Olive Oil Company in Reno and Las Vegas, supports a legislative proposal in Washoe County that would protect wild lands, enhance recreation and promote economic development.

"It's so important to strike a balance between development and protecting our wildlife," she said. "It's great that we're getting jobs out here, so we need more housing. But yet, let's not forget all the wildlife that is here and the beauty that they live in."

Many Nevada conservation advocates are especially concerned about Gold Butte, where vandals have shot at the ancient Native American wall art and free-roaming cattle are flattening the landscape. A group of supporters is traveling to Washington, D.C., early next week to talk with lawmakers and the administration about making the Gold Butte area a national monument.

Fawn Douglas, a member of the Las Vegas Paiute tribe, will be part of that delegation.

"My great, great grandfather was actually born in Gold Butte," Douglas said. "And our tribe has ties to that area. It's a sacred site; it's a sacred place for us."

Some of the Nevada sites hosting service projects open to volunteers include Spring Mountain, South Fork Reservoir, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, and Great Basin National Park. To find a project, look on the website of the National Environmental Education Foundation, neefusa.org.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV