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Nevadans across the state are speaking out to support Gold Butte and Basin and Range national monuments, which are currently under “review” in the Trump administration.  A broad coalition – including conservationists, elected officials, local businesses, scientists and university faculty, tourism officials, casinos and resorts, and mining companies – worked together to protect these monuments.  Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League, shares some insights on the incredible support for our public lands in the state – including more than 80,000 comments in support of keeping existing protections for Gold Butte and Basin and Range.

Often referred to as “Nevada’s Piece of the Grand Canyon,” Gold Butte National Monument was established in 2016 by President Obama. The monument consists of almost 300,000 acres of desert landscapes northeast of Las Vegas, including of trails for hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation. It also protects important cultural resources and petroglyphs, historic ranching and mining sites, and habitat for threatened species like the desert tortoise. Find out what makes Gold Butte so special to these local leaders and volunteers.

President Obama designated Basin and Range National Monument National Monument in 2015, protecting more than 700,000 acres. Part of what makes Basin and Range unique is the protections of remote basins and valleys in Nevada – that and the strong support from local and national art communities, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Learn more from a few Nevadans who love Basin and Range.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and Representatives Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen, and Dina Titus have all been tireless advocates for both Basin and Range and Gold Butte national monuments, building on the leadership of Nevada’s long-time public lands champion former Senator Harry Reid. They often point to the booming outdoor recreation industry that supports 87,000 jobs and nearly $13 billion in consumer spending for the state, according the Outdoor Industry Association.

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