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NV group celebrates environmental wins, looks ahead to 2024

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023   

'Timely' and 'forward-looking' are the two terms one Nevada conservation group is using to describe the state's 2023 environmental landscape. The bipartisan infrastructure law and federal clean energy plan has meant some big wins for Nevada, says Christi Cabrera-Georgeson, deputy director with the Nevada Conservation League. They brought what she calls an "unprecedented influx of money" to the state, allowing policymakers to prioritize climate, clean energy, public lands and wildlife.

Cabrera-Georgeson said one of this year's biggest wins has been the passage of Assembly Bill 112, to increase the number of safe wildlife crossings in the state.

"We appropriated $5 million to that from the state general fund, which is anticipated to bring in up to $95 million of federal funding. That's an insane amount of money for a state like Nevada, and this is going to be really critical to making our roads safer, protecting wildlife and their habitat," she said.

Cabrera-Georgeson said the measure will also save Nevadans money by helping them avoid costly property damage from wildlife collisions. She sees Assembly Bill 128 as another win, allocating $500,000 to the Outdoor Education and Recreation Grant Program to help get underserved youth in the state in the outdoors. She added the Division of Outdoor Recreation has closed its application window, but will announce grant awards early next month.

As the state continues to make investments and use the federal funding, Cabrera-Georgeson added her group is working to ensure Nevadans know about those incentives and how they'll be affected. She adds 2024 will be busy, as a presidential election year, and says the NCL will be, as she puts it, "supporting climate and clean energy champions."

"It is important that voters continue to make climate an important issue to them, that we continue to be loud and let candidates and decision-makers know that climate, conservation, public lands - all these issues - are issues that matter to Nevadans, and to voters," she added.

She said like many Nevadans, she was also pleased when President Joe Biden earlier this year designated Avi Kwa Ame a national monument.

Disclosure: The Nevada Conservation League contributes to our fund for reporting on Civic Engagement, Climate Change/Air Quality, Public Lands/Wilderness, and Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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