Nevada should take lead on national preservation effort

Nevada should take lead on national preservation effort


As a nation, and as a state, we’ve arrived at a fork in the road. The path we follow will decide what we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

We could double down on our past decisions to continue drilling, mining and developing every possible stretch of our lands and waters in search of ever-diminishing returns.

Or we could go a different way. We know our natural areas and outdoor spaces bring countless benefits for Nevada’s people and economy, and our future is in jeopardy if we don’t protect and restore our lands and waters.

Instead of a 19th century mindset, we should embrace a 21st century approach that accelerates the pace of conservation, safeguards our public lands and expands access to these places for every resident in this state.

Those are goals I’ve worked toward in the Nevada Legislature, and that’s why I’m supporting a national effort to conserve and restore at least 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. Recently, I had the opportunity to join a leader of this effort, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., at a virtual event alongside fellow Nevadans who are working to carry out this 30x30 vision.

Read my entire opinion piece in the Las Vegas Sun.