April 18, 2019

Cortez Masto Celebrates Massacre Rim as Nevada’s First Dark Sky Sanctuary


Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Bureau of Land Management and other Massacre Rim advocates in a presentation of a Congressional Record statement honoring the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area as Nevada’s first Dark Sky sanctuary. This designation will promote long-term conservation in Nevada, preserve natural resources and strengthen Nevada’s strong outdoor recreation economy.

“Designating the Massacre Rim as our first Dark Sky sanctuary will honor our collective past as well as protect the Silver State’s important treasures for future generations to enjoy. I’m proud to join Friends of Nevada Wilderness to protect our beautiful starry nights from light pollution, ensuring residents and visitors can enjoy Nevada’s natural wonders for years to come.”


The International Dark-Sky Association was formed in 1988 to preserve skies from light pollution around the world. Nevada’s Massacre Rim was named one of seven designated Dark Sky sanctuaries in the world and one of four in the United States. The Friends of Nevada Wilderness and United States Bureau of Land Management filed a joint application to recognize Massacre Rim as a Dark Sky sanctuary, which was approved in late March. The Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area spans 101,290 acres in the Northwest corner of Washoe County.  

Full text of the Congressional Record is available here.