|Interior Department plan protects wildlands, habitat
The Nevada Wilderness Project Tuesday praised a Department of the Interior plan that identified five areas of Nevada public lands as prime spots for solar energy development.
Officials cite Gold Butte, protected landscapes, as key tourist draws
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar praised Nevada’s record of protecting its special landscapes Wednesday during a town hall-style meeting in Las Vegas with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Harry Reid and state Sen. Stephen Horsford. The meeting was focused on tourism, and the dignitaries were quick to point out that Nevada’s exceptional geographic areas can be a key economic driver. Salazar highlighted Nevada’s Sloan Canyon and Red Rock Canyon national conservation areas, and noted that the state has an opportunity to expand on those federally protected regions. Horsford, who announced his candidacy for Congress last year, singled out the 350,000-acre Gold Butte area as an example of a special landscape that could help spur the Southern Nevada economy if it were protected.
Nevada Wilderness Project praises bill protecting Pine Forest Range
The Nevada Wilderness Project lauded Nevada’s Congressional delegation after the lawmakers submitted a bill to Congress designating 26,000 acres in the Pine Forest Range north of Winnemucca as federally protected wilderness.
Interior Department releases 'Solar Energy Zone' EIS supplement
Nevada Wilderness Project leaders this week praised a new Interior Department plan that will focus future utility-scale solar projects in Nevada on specific zones within the state.
Nevada Passes First "Smart from the Start" Legislation for Energy Development and Habitat Review
Assembly Bill 307, sponsored by Nevada Assemblyman David Bobzien and signed into law yesterday by Governor Brian Sandoval, will help advance proposed energy developments and pay for appropriate review of impacts to wildlife and habitat resources on those lands.
Clean Renewable Energy, Smart Site Adjustments and Efforts to Offset Impacts to Wildlife Make Nevada Solar Project a Win
The BLM approved the Crescent Dunes Solar Project today, marking the third approval of a solar project on public lands in Nevada.
Solar Project Gains Support from Conservation Groups Pushing for Clean Energy Production in Nevada
A large utility-scale solar project (Amargosa Farm Road Solar Energy Project) on public lands was approved in Nevada, with the support of conservation groups who have been pushing for developments that have the least amount of conflict with wildlife and their habitats.
Legislative Bill Offers Solution for Renewable Energy Developers and Habitat Conservationists
A new bill introduced by Senator Harry Reid and Congressman Dean Heller offers a unique way for renewable energy developers and habitat conservationists to forge ahead in the fight to slow climate change, create jobs and protect wildlands.
Habitat Conservation Group Supports SWIP Transmission Project
The Nevada Wilderness Project expressed strong support for the transmission project announced today by NV Energy, Great Basin Transmission, the Western Area Power Administration, and US Senator Harry Reid (the SWIP transmission line).
National Public Lands Day in Gold Butte
In southern Nevada, Friends of Gold Butte and NWP are coordinating with the BLM on restoration projects, in an area where the group is working towards a new National Conservation Area.
The WIld & Scenic Environmental Film Festival is Coming to Reno!
Hosted by the Nevada Wilderness Project and UNR's Environmental Action Team, these independent films are inspiring, positive stories about people around the world making a difference for conservation, green energy and their local communities. (NWP also hosted this film festival in Las Vegas.)
“Smart from the start” Renewable Energy Development Promoted at the National Clean Energy Summit
NWP is attending the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas to promote "smart from the start" renewable energy development for Nevada.
Nevada's Solar Energy Study Areas Present Opportunities for Conservation
Response to Sen. Reid and Interior Secreatory Salazar's announcement to fast-track study of 24 solar energy study areas in six western states, seven of which are in Nevada.