Thank you for attending the meeting with Congressman Amodei and Mike Baughman on January 18th. It was great to hear the dialogue, both pro and con, regarding the transfer of public lands from the federal government to the state. I would like to inform you that we will have a follow up meeting in the County Commissioner’s Chambers February 15, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. I will discuss the purpose of that meeting in a moment.
For those of you who support the transfer, there is a most urgent matter. As Congressman Amodei and his staff draft amendments to HR 1484 (presented in the 2016 Congress) to address legitimate concerns of our sportsmen for a final bill to be presented in 2017 (the Nevada Lands Act), there has been a great deal of correspondence from the opposition to him and other members of Congress – specifically members of the Natural Resources Committee and the subcommittee of that group, the Public Lands Committee. A few of us from the Nevada Lands Council met Friday and decided that we need to let Congressman Amodei know we support his efforts. Therefore, those in agreement with the concept of transferring the public lands to the states for more local control of our lands, please send an email to Congressman Amodei to let him know you support his efforts in regards to the “Nevada Lands Act.” You may also consider sending an email to the Chairman of the Public Lands Committee, Congressman Rob Bishop, of Utah. Another Congressman who could use a kind word from you is Congressman Jason Chaffetz from Utah who presented a bill similar to the Nevada Lands Act, but withdraw after much public pressure. We understand he is reworking that bill. I use the word urgency because action regarding the Nevada Lands Act bill may happen as soon as this week. Your email could really make a difference.
The following is an agenda for our 1 hour meeting February 15th.
- Call to Order & Roll Call
- Definition & Purpose of the Nevada Lands Council – To support the efforts to transfer much of the public lands in Nevada currently controlled by the BLM, BOR and USFS to state and local control, and to provide necessary input for the implementation of the transfer.
- Discussion of the Nevada Lands Act – What are the legitimate concerns of sportsmen and other interest groups.
- Nevada Lands Council – Local Chapter (organizational structure & membership)
- Future meetings?
Again, thank you for your interest, and I hope to see supporters of our efforts at the meeting on the 15th.
Bus Scharmann, Commissioner