Salazar Announces $90 Million for Nevada and Lake Tahoe Restoration and Improvement Projects
Kendra Barkoff (DOI) 202-208-6416
Doran Sanchez (BLM) 775-722-9796
WASHINGTON, DC -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the Department will commit more than $89.8 million for a variety of restoration and improvement projects throughout Nevada and Lake Tahoe. The funding is a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) which uses proceeds from sales of federal land in Clark County, Nevada, to fund environmental restoration, conservation and public recreational projects throughout the state. The Department of the Interior has contributed more than $3 billion to key restoration projects throughout Nevada, including more than $350 million for Lake Tahoe Basin restoration in Nevada, since the Act’s passage in 1998.
“Nevada’s natural beauty and unique landscapes should be protected for future generations and I am pleased to commit nearly $90 million for important projects throughout the state,” Salazar said. “The Department of the Interior remains committed to working closely with our local, state and Federal partners to restore and enhance these specials areas for the benefit of all who live in and visit the state.”
“The BLM is committed to ensuring that the American people benefit from their public lands,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who oversees the public land sales. “Through SNPLMA, the BLM contributes to the efforts to improve landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, protect vital water resources and other sensitive areas, and develop new recreational facilities in the magnificent State of Nevada.”
The funding is contained in Round 11 expenditures under the Act and includes more than $76.7 million for projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:
- Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $14,722,396
- Capital Improvements - $9,647,508
- Conservation Initiatives - $1,184,836
- Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $11,267,250
- Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $3,949,800
- Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $1,290,835
- Lake Tahoe Restoration Projects - $34,680,353
The package also includes an $8.1 million set-aside for future Lake Tahoe projects and $5 million in a special account reserve for emergency or unexpected project expenditures.