Reno To Support Federal Public Lands Legislation

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The Reno City Council adopted a resolution Wednesday in support of comprehensive federal public lands legislation to encourage economic development, conservation and recreation in Northern Nevada.

Several people showed up to support the resolution, saying Reno should have a seat at the table in discussions, but those in favor voiced opposition to potential urban sprawl and noted land shouldn’t be carelessly turned over to builders.

The 5-1 approval had Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus dissenting, noting land bills can result in lots of property going to developers. Councilman David Bobzien was absent.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said resolutions from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County will carry a lot of weight.

“We believe the public lands process is generated from the bottom up,” said Amodei, who was on hand to update the City Council on federal issues affecting the area.

The resolution indicates the city supports expanding recreational opportunities by providing land for parks and trails; preserving opportunities for hiking, hunting and camping; furthering conservation by designating new wilderness areas and proving funding for habitat restoration and conservation efforts; and making federal lands available for economic development.

IN OTHER ACTION

° A master ground lease for the lodge building at Sky Tavern, 10000 Mount Rose Highway, was approved. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department would continue to budget $500 per year for permit fees and Public Works Department would continue to use existing staff for monthly water testing, which would take approximately 6 hours per month at an annual cost of $6,500.

° An agreement was approved with the Rotary Club of Reno, along with acceptance of donations of goods and services to create a sculpture garden in Bicentennial Park, 10 Ralston St.

° The First Quarter 2016 Citizen Recognition City Superhero award went to “Waldo,” a therapy dog who visits patients at Renown Regional Medical Center.

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2 Comments

    • Those federal lands would be those that are small parcels between private lands or those slated for disposal…not public lands where folks go to recreate and enjoy the outdoors. The whole “selling public land to their rich friends” is more HR1484, Amodei’s bill to transfer federal lands to state control.

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