Thursday, June 5, 2008 | 12:20 p.m.
Two-thirds of Clark County voters support protecting additional public lands in Nevada, according to a recent poll by Public Opinion Strategies.
Conservation groups Friends of Gold Butte and Nevada Wilderness Coalition, who commissioned the poll, said they will use the results to lobby elected officials to push their plan for federal wilderness and conservation protections of the rugged Gold Butte region of the Virgin Mountains, which is in the southeast corner of Nevada, just west of the Arizona border.
"Support is high for the area to be preserved," said Nancy Hall, president of Friends of Gold Butte, on Thursday. "It's important that the area gets the protection it needs, not just for recreation and future generations but also for the future of Clark County."
The poll wound that women and independents were especially supportive of the plan.
Four hundred likely Clark County voters were polled from April 29 to May 1.
The poll has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points.
More than two-thirds of those polled also said they use the state's public
lands either frequently or sometimes for camping, hiking, fishing and other recreational activities.