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April 1, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Long past time to protect Gold Butte

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Monday’s op-ed column about the Gold Butte area, “Protecting Gold Butte would help tourism,” highlighted the many important values of this unique area. A recent survey of Clark County residents showed that two-thirds of them agree that it should be protected.

Ideally by now, our congressional delegation would have introduced legislation to designate Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area. Since that hasn’t happened, perhaps it is time for President Barack Obama to accede to the will of the people by establishing it as a national monument.

By whichever path, it is past time to ensure the preservation of Gold Butte’s many wonders and to realize the benefits that either designation would generate in the form of increased tourism.

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  1. Legislation for making Gold Butte a National Conservation Area with Wilderness is in the hands of Rep. Joe Heck, whose district includes Gold Butte. Heck has discussed the proposal with local interests but hasn't come forward yet with a bill. He needs to do that immediately.


  2. Amen. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley introduced legislation in 2008 but it went nowhere.

  3. "Congresswoman Shelley Berkley introduced legislation in 2008 but it went nowhere." @Jim Weber

    In part, I opine, because Gold Butte was not part of District 1 where Berkley was elected. She was overreaching her Congressional authority to author the bill.


  4. CarmenD -

    FYI Gold Butte is now in Congressional District 4 --- Horsford's district.

  5. "FYI Gold Butte is now in Congressional District 4 --- Horsford's district."

    Thank you Jim. Must have been the result of redistricting. Which means Horsford should take the lead in the legislation.


  6. How many of your 2/3 were really Nevadans.