Las Vegas, Nev. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Nevada conservation leaders on her work to pass the recently enacted Great American Outdoors Act, which will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
“From Lake Tahoe to the Great Basin National Park, without a doubt Nevada has some of the most beautiful landmarks our country has to offer. It’s important for us to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund to safeguard our public lands not only for our generation, but for future generations to enjoy. That’s why I voted for the Great American Outdoors Act which does exactly that. I was honored to be joined by local conservation leaders for an important conversation to learn more about the amazing work they are doing to protect our environment across the Silver State. It’s our responsibility to preserve and protect our beautiful landmarks, and I won’t stop fighting until all of our national parks and public lands have the vital resources needed to repair and upgrade vital infrastructure and protect our natural resources.”
The Great American Outdoors Act will both fully fund the LWCF and help reduce the $12 billion national park maintenance backlog. Nevadans have seen significant benefit from the LWCF through a range of projects including those to restore Walker Lake and establish Walker River State Park.
The conversation was focused on how the GAOA and LWCF are important to Nevadans in their shared goals of protecting and preserving public lands and resources for future generations. The discussion featured the following panelists:
- Brad Crowell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Jeff Bryant, Walker Basin Conservancy
- Lorna Weaver, Walker Lake Working Group
- Heather Fisher, Save Red Rock
- Mauricia Baca, Get Outdoors Nevada