Public Input on Wildlife Conservation Programming

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In November, Nevadans voted and passed the $200 million Question 1 Bond Initiative, authorizing the state to issue bonds for projects to protect and preserve natural resources in Nevada. This February and March, the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) is seeking public input on how its $27.5 million portion of those bonds will be put to use.

The $27.5 million will be extremely important for Nevada’s wildlife resources, and NDOW is seeking to maximize the use of the bond dollars for the greatest benefit of state residents. The agency will work to create partnerships and leverage additional funds from sources like Fish and Wildlife Restoration Federal Aid dollars, state motorboat fuel taxes, donations, volunteer services and others. The money will then be used for the acquisition or interest in real or personal property to enhance, protect, and manage wildlife and wildlife habitat as well as wildlife-related recreational opportunities. Allocations may also be used for the development and renovation of facilities or the improvement of existing habitats for fish and other wildlife.

Past bond initiatives have proven successful for Nevada wildlife and habitats. NDOW Habitat Bureau Chief, Doug Hunt explained that a similar 1990 bond initiative, Question 5, has allowed the state to move forward on thirty different conservation improvement projects.

“Purchases or acquisition of easements open the doors to conservation efforts and allow key wildlife habitats to be protected,” Hunt said. “For instance, Question 5 allocations allowed for the purchase of the Howard Ranch, along the Bruneau River in northeastern Nevada. We then worked to enhance fishery values in the river corridor and provide habitat for a variety of game and non-game species in the riparian habitat associated with the river.”

Bond initiatives allow the state to expand existing wildlife management areas and fishable waters, as well as provide crucial corridors for both non-game and game species in the state. This kind of conservation opportunity is invaluable considering the skyrocketing growth and development throughout the state.

The following meetings are scheduled in an effort to gather input from the public on how they wish to see NDOW’s $27.5 million allocation put to use:

Las Vegas
February 25, 7-9 p.m.
Nevada Division of Wildlife
4747 Vegas Drive

February 27, 7-9 p.m.
Nevada Division of Wildlife
1100 Valley Road

March 4, 7-9 p.m.
Nevada Division of Wildlife
60 Youth Center Road

March 15, time TBD
Nevada Division of Wildlife
1100 Valley Road,
Board of Wildlife Commissioners Meeting

“Public input is extremely valuable in shaping the direction of our plans,” Hunt said. “We hope to see a good turnout of individuals who would like to participate in this conservation effort.”

The Question 1 Bond Initiative was spearheaded by the Nature Conservancy of Nevada with support from numerous state agencies, county governments, and conservation organizations.