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Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Horsford Puts Forward Gold Butte Legislation

Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, introduced legislation Thursday intended to protect Gold Butte.

The Virgin Valley Tourism and Lake Mead Preservation Act would create a Gold Butte National Conservation Area (NCA) of approximately 350,000 acres.

All currently open roads within the NCA would remain open for access. The bill would also promote Lake Mead for tourism, support a local airport development extension, and direct the Secretary of the Interior to consult with local leaders on energy development.

Horsford said the legislation also establishes the Virgin Valley Tourism and Economic Advisory Council which would include representatives from Moapa, Moapa Valley, Bunkerville, and Mesquite. Additional council members would be assigned by the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council and the Clark County Board of County Commissioners.

Free Fishing Day at Lake Mead Upcoming

Offers will abound at Lake Mead on Saturday, June 8, including free fishing and discounted boat rentals.

The State of Nevada is holding a free fishing day on June 8 and Forever Resorts is offering 25 percent off full-day deck boat rentals that day.

Representatives from the Nevada Department of Wildlife will be at Callville Bay to distribute information about boating safety. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct vessel examinations and “Coastie the Safety Boat” will attend to entertain and educate children.

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer


Red Rock Campground will shut down for the summer following the Memorial Day holiday.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground is scheduled to temporarily close from May 28 to August 30.

Located approximately two miles east of the visitor center on State Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard), Red Rock Campground is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Other open campgrounds include:

Safe Boating Week Underway

Safe Boating Week Underway


National Safe Boating Week is underway this week just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

The week was kicked off at Lake Mead with a life jacket event Saturday. Park officials are encouraging everyone to wear their life jackets while on the water and to make sure their boats are ready for the season.

The U.S. Coast Guard says life jackets need to be Coast Guard approved and fit properly. The advice is especially true for children. The guard advises people not buy a life jacket that a child will "grow into."

According to officials at Lake Mead Recreation area, eight people drowned in the lake in 2012. Of those, none were wearing a life jacket.


Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Quagga Mussels Targeted by Congressmen

Two Nevada representatives are introducing a bill to speed the process of adding quagga mussels to the list of invasive species.

Reps. Joe Heck and Mark Amodei introduced H.R. 1823, the Protecting Lakes Against Quagga (PLAQ) Act of 2013, which would add quagga mussels to the national list of invasive species. This listing gives federal agencies greater ability to prevent the spread of the invasive species.

"Quagga mussels pose a constant threat to our local environment and economy. In Nevada, the Bureau of Reclamation at Hoover Dam alone spends $1 million annually on quagga mussel control,” Heck said in a statement. “This is a commonsense, bipartisan piece of legislation that will ease the burden on taxpayers in Nevada, protect Lake Mead from further being invaded by this species, and prevent other lakes across the country from being affected in the future.”

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk


The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

Tips include:

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday


The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit: