Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today introduced the House version of the Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds Monument Act. This legislation seeks to create a new protected National Monument that will include Tule Springs and the Upper Las Vegas Wash in Southern Nevada, an area rich in history, including vast fossil deposits.
"Designating Tule Springs as a protected monument will give Nevada families and visitors the opportunity to learn about this area's rich history and to see the amazing fossil finds and other discoveries that have been unearthed," said Berkley. "My goal is to create a protected area where tourists and residents can see thousands of years of Southern Nevada history and learn more about the creatures and the people who have called this location home over the centuries. That is why I introduced legislation in the House to accompany the Senate bill and to push for passage of this package designating Tule Springs as a National Monument."
The legislation also makes more land available for the expansion of UNLV and the College of Southern Nevada within the Nevada System of Higher Education.
"This legislation will help Southern Nevada's higher education system grow by providing federal land to UNLV and CSN. I am pleased to enable these institutions to serve more Nevada families," said Berkley