July 27, 2017

Cortez Masto to Secretary Zinke: Protect Nevada’s National Monuments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released a video urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to protect Basin and Range, and Gold Butte national monuments in Nevada. Both are currently under review and are at risk of being revoked by the Trump administration.

“I was born and raised in Nevada, and I understand how important these monuments are for our communities,” Senator Cortez Masto said. “Outdoor recreation supports 148,000 jobs and contributes almost $15 billion to our state’s economy every year. Gold Butte and Basin and Range alone generate $156 million annually.” 

“But these monuments are not just a boon to our economy, they are an essential part of our collective heritage. Gold Butte and Basin and Range are home to some of our most precious natural and cultural resources, including historical artifacts, native plant and animal species, and sacred tribal lands. I feel incredibly lucky to have spent my life exploring these pristine, beautiful places, and I want every Nevadan to have that opportunity.”