Tuesday, January 12, 2016

$39 Million for Conservation, Wildfire Prevention, Landscape Restoration and Recreation Projects in Nevada

Fires near Las Vegas, NV in 2013. Photo:  KSISradio.com
The U.S. Department of the Interior will invest $39.1 million from the sale of public lands in Southern Nevada to fund more than 40 projects to improve recreation, reduce the risk of wildfires, conserve sensitive landscapes and restore important wildlife habitat throughout the state. 

“Thanks to productive partnerships at every level of government, these projects will restore and enhance Nevada’s natural beauty and unique landscapes while improving the quality of life for millions of people in the state,” DOI Secretary Jewell said. “This year’s funding will make landscapes more resilient in the face of longer wildfire seasons, create economic opportunities through increased outdoor recreation, and enhance protections for environmentally and culturally sensitive areas.”
The funding announced today includes $39.1 million for projects in the following categories:
•           Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $5,740,970
•           Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $4,753,487
•           Capital Improvements - $5,193,251
•           Conservation Initiatives - $5,737,540
•           Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $12,230,400
•           Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $4,155,412
•           Multi-Species Habitat Conservation - $1,291,523

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