public lands

David Sorich / Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The two candidates running for Congressional District 2 in Northern Nevada are clashing over how to manage public lands.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Republican Mark Amodei and Democratic challenger Chip Evans are facing off for a chance to represent Northern Nevada in the U.S. House of Representatives.

One important issue facing Nevada's 2nd Congressional District is who should be in charge of its public lands.

ThisisReno.com

A federal lands bill could mean Washoe County will acquire some public land. Our reporter Bob Conrad is finding that some who could be impacted by the proposed changes have got questions.

The legislation is called the “Economic Development and Conservation Act." A draft of the bill is not yet public, but Washoe County has held two open houses to gather questions and feedback.

County planning director Bill Whitney says the bill is 15 years in the making.

The National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow. And in a recent national poll, voters of color indicate protecting public lands should be a federal priority. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explains.

Urban Sprawl Encroaching Nevada's Open Spaces

Jun 2, 2016
disappearingwest.org

A new study that looks at land loss across the American West shows urban sprawl encroaching on Nevada's wide open spaces. 

Public lands make up about 80 percent of Nevada, but a new map shows just how much we humans have been spreading out over the last decade.

The findings come from researchers at the nonprofit Conservation Science Partners and funded by the Center for American Progress to track the decline of natural landscapes.

Nicole Gentile helped direct the project, called "The Disappearing West."

Report: "Quiet Recreation" Boosts Nevada Economy

Apr 5, 2016
Adam Bautz / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Nevada’s federally-managed public lands bring in nearly $172 million a year from so-called “quiet recreation.” That’s according to a new study released by Pew Charitable Trusts.

“Quiet recreation” refers to activities that generally don’t require motorized equipment--think hunting, biking and camping. 

Julia Ritchey

A new report is calling on Congress to more vocally address rising extremism on public lands in the West. 

Anti-government protestors have organized four armed confrontations on public lands since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's well-publicized standoff with federal land managers in 2014.

UNR

  Western Shoshone ranchers and sisters, Carrie and Mary Dann, fought for decades with the federal government for the right to graze their cattle on ancestral lands. Although they ultimately lost, a new collection preserves the records of their long struggle.

Mary Dann passed away in 2005 and her surviving sister, Carrie, still lives near Battle Mountain on land her ancestors settled centuries ago.

Caucus Looming, Sanders Talks Western Issues In Reno

Feb 13, 2016
Julia Ritchey

Fresh off a win in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made another stop in Reno over the weekend. Our reporter Julia Ritchey was there.  

 

Sanders is stepping up his campaigning in Nevada less than a week before the Democratic caucus. 

 

On Saturday, he appeared at a forum called “Real Solutions for Real People” sponsored by several local and national progressive groups and held at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

 

Julia Ritchey

The Oregon standoff at a national wildlife refuge enters Day 33 with only a few holdouts remaining. So far 11 people have been arrested, including Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of defiant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. As Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports, many ranchers say the issues involving public lands are too complex to be minimized to just one group’s actions.  

Ever since Ammon Bundy and a band of anti-government protestors took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, attention has turned to the role the federal government plays in land-use policy.

In Elko, Candidates Try To Woo Rural Electorate

Feb 1, 2016
Julia Ritchey

With the Iowa caucuses behind them, presidential candidates must now turn their attention to the next few battleground states like New Hampshire and Nevada. In a nod to the importance of the rural vote, several candidates have made stops in Elko this election season. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey sat down with veteran Elko Daily Free Press reporter Marianne McKown to learn more about the issues that matter most to these voters.  Below are shortened excerpts of their conversation.

Pages