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Nevada Assembly opposes Nellis Air Force Base range expansion

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

On the heels of Rep. Mark Amodei’s call to work with Congress to get some public lands from the federal government in trade for expansion of the Air Force and Navy ranges, the Assembly has passed a resolution opposing any expansion of the Nellis Air Force Base range.

AJR 2 opposes expanding the test and training range into the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, which sponsors say is the largest wildlife refuge in the contiguous U.S.

Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen, D-Las Vegas, said public lands should remain in public hands.

She pointed out the Moapa Band of Paiutes also opposes the plan saying the Desert National Wildlife Refuge contains numerous ecological, cultural resources and artifacts of the Paiute people.

Amodei told a joint session of the Nevada Senate and Assembly earlier this week those applications for huge land withdrawals are an opportunity Nevada can use to leverage lands bills through Congress for several rural counties as well as Clark County.