March 02, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $1 Million National Park Service Grant to Open New State Park

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant of $1,091,451, which will go toward state efforts to create the State of Nevada’s newest state park at the Pitchfork Ranch section of the Walker River State Recreation Area.

“My love for the great outdoors is shared by many of my fellow Nevadans. Nevada’s parks have given us access to explore and enjoy all the natural wonders our state offers, and I am delighted to hear that Nevada will soon be getting another state park thanks in part to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Programs that invest in our public parks have been beneficial to Nevada’s outdoor recreation economy for decades, particularly in our rural areas. I applaud NPS and LWCF for their commitment in protecting our public lands for future generations to come.” 

BACKGROUND

This project will open a new state park with a goal of increasing camping, hunting, and riparian recreation. Grant funds will help develop a new campground with full hookups and a new primitive campground, interpretive trail, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and a day use area at the Pitchfork Ranch section of the Walker River State Recreation Area. Grant costs will include design, engineering, resource investigation, and permitting needed for the project, as well as support infrastructure including restrooms, walkways, utilities, signage, roads, and landscaping. 

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