Today U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced the Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2012.
"This bill is a great example of how conservation, economic development, and recreational opportunities can be achieved when stakeholders come together to work out their differences. The goals are to protect unique areas while planning for critical infrastructure that will be necessary to meet the future needs of the Las Vegas Valley. This multi-year effort shows what can be accomplished when all sides come together and work towards a common goal," said Senator Dean Heller.
The Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2012 will:
Establish the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
Secure opportunities for job creation and future growth in the Las Vegas Valley
Provide for the development of an off-highway vehicle park in the Nellis Dunes
Convey land to the Nevada System of Higher Education to expand education
opportunities for Nevadans
Ensure availability of land for renewable energy transmission
Conveys land to the Clark County Reclamation District for a water treatment facility, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for construction of an access road, and Clark County for flood control purposes near the future Ivanpah Airport.
Expands the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by approximately 1,500 acres.