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Camping on public lands in the West has skyrocketed in recent years, according to a new analysis from the conservation nonprofit Center for Western Priorities.

A landscape photo with a paved road on the left side and gravel, sagebrush and hills on the right side.
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The Truckee Meadows Public Land Management Act, formerly known as the Washoe County Lands Bill, is back before Congress. It would allow federal land in Nevada to be sold to local government for development and conservation projects. The proposal has received support from the cities of Reno and Sparks, as well as Washoe County, but it has also faced public criticism.

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.

Julia Ritchey

  A new mobile app launching this spring will allow ranchers and farmers to submit data on vast tracts of Nevada rangeland that currently go unmonitored. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Since the Oregon standoff began, national attention has turned once again to the tension surrounding federal land management in the West, where a vast majority of land is owned by the government.

The federal government owns more than 80 percent of all public lands in Nevada and some conservationists want it to stay that way.   That’s why they’re protesting the possible transfer of that federal land to the state. Nevada lawmakers are considering such a resolution today.