Identifying Lands with Wilderness Characteristics
We conduct on-the-ground inventories to determine remaining wild areas on Nevada's public lands that may have wilderness characteristics. This means areas that are at least 5,000 acres, offer opportunities for outstanding solitude, primitive recreation, and appear natural. Other features are important as well, such as wildlife habitat, archaeological values, native plants, water, etc. We have extremely high standards for our inventory process, and work closely with our staff and the agencies to provide only the highest quality data for use in their land management plans.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge Petition
"Dear Nevada Congressional Delegation, Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, House Natural Resources Committee, and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee,
The 1.6 million-acre Desert National Wildlife Refuge was established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 to protect the iconic desert bighorn sheep, Nevada’s official state animal. Located just north of Las Vegas, the Desert Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska. This pristine, wild landscape must receive permanent protection now not only for the sake of the wildlife who depend on it but also for the public who recreates there and to protect and honor the incomparable historic and cultural resources present throughout the refuge.
Currently, the Air Force shares jurisdiction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of over 800,000 acres of the western portion of Refuge. The military’s use is intended solely for training purposes and these areas are closed to the public. Now the Air Force is asking Congress to expand their reach in this rich desert landscape. Wilderness protection is needed to prevent this and future attempts by the military to take over more of the refuge.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service needs to retain full management of the entire refuge and no more land in the refuge should be given over to the military. Opening up more land for the potential bombing of critical bighorn sheep habitat and sacred Native American sites is not acceptable. Please don’t lock the American people out of the remainder of this incredible wildlife refuge.
While national defense is important to all of us, a balance must be established that includes cultural and historical preservation and conservation of wildlife habitat and public access. The Nellis Test and Training Range already has 2.9 million acres that are off-limits to the public. We ask that when the time comes, please vote in the interest of Nevada’s wildlife and the public. Protect the Desert National Wildlife Refuge."
Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge!