This is a federal bill to transfer ownership of 73,000 acres of BLM land to Washoe County and included cities for uses that include development.
Proposed language: the formal bill has not been drafted or submitted yet.
Map #1 – Federal Lands Disposal Boundary (Download map here). The red boundary line surrounding the greater Reno-Sparks area will function as a local government control boundary. When the draft legislation is successfully passed these lands would have the potential to leave federal control in the future to be used for conservation purposes, recreational activities, public infrastructure needs and when appropriate sold or exchanged for economic development purposes. The majority of federal lands inside of this boundary are tan colored Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and the much smaller amount of the bright green colored United States Forest Service (USFS) land.
Note that the scale is very large including parts of Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe.
This is alarming! It will put a lot more property into the hands of those that are responsible for the destructive development we see all around us.
REFERENCE BLOG POSTS
Lands Bill in Congress, 3/18/20
New Lands Bill Gets no Love, 2/25/20
Lands Bill 2020, 2/16/20
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