Existing Public Land Policies
   Nevada has a number of existing policies related to public lands. These policies are summarized below and are the starting point for the Public Land Policy Update project.

 Public lands should be managed on the basis of multiple use and sustained yield principles.

  Public lands should be managed to conserve, protect and preserve natural resources while providing for the long-term benefit of present and future generations.

Red Rock -- Las Vegas  The state will continue to seek the acquisition of federal lands by state and local governments and private citizens. The Division of State Lands will assist local governments with acquiring lands under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.

 Federal land disposals, exchanges and acquisitions of land by federal agencies should be coordinated with affected state and local agencies. Negative impacts on local communities should be avoided or minimized while benefits to local communities encouraged. Exchanges should occur in the same county when possible and not lead to a net increase in the total amount of federal land in the state.

 The state encourages beneficial uses of public lands, including watershed protection, livestock grazing, mining, wildlife habitat, habitat for wild horses and burros, recreation, transportation and utility corridors, development of energy resources and the protection of historic and prehistoric resources.

 The state supports coordinated planning for the future of public lands, with full involvement of state agencies, local governments, and interested citizens. The division of state lands will develop a statewide policy plan and assist local governments as they develop their plans and policies for lands managed by the federal government.

 The state supports the designation of wilderness areas by Congress if it helps achieve the purpose of the Wilderness Act, and the designations are in accordance with the following principles: (1) wilderness areas should include the best examples of the state's diverse geographic areas and ecosystems, (2) the effects such areas may have on the economies of local communities and the state be thoroughly addressed, (3) alternative land and resource management designations have been evaluated, and (4) areas with good mineral and energy resource development potential should generally not be designated as wilderness.

 The division of state lands will review all proposals for the use or transfer of federal lands in coordination with the state clearinghouse, other state agencies, federal agencies and local governments.

 The state recognizes the benefits of military activities in Nevada and encourages the military to identify and plan its activities in an open and collaborative manner. The military should be good stewards of the state's resources and minimize the negative impacts of its activities on local communities.
The following tables provide a more detailed description of Nevada's existing public land policies and related citations: The Tables can be downloaded in MS Word or Adobe PDF File format

State Policies Related to Public Lands

Table 1 in MS Word downloadable format
Table 1 in Adobe PDF File Format
Examples of State Policies
that apply to resources throughout Nevada

Table 2 in MS Word downloadable format
Table 2 in Adobe PDF File Format