AB 227, passed during the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session, created a statewide Task Force to study the question of whether public lands controlled by the Federal Government should be transferred to the State of Nevada. This statewide Task Force is made up of a representative from each of Nevada’s 17 counties, including Commissioner Wichman from Nye County.
The Legislature has asked this Task Force to look at specific issues surrounding the transfer of Federal lands to the State including an identification of lands to be transferred; a plan for administration or sale of the lands; and costs or revenues that would be incurred by either the state or the local government in association with managing additional lands. As many in Nevada’s rural counties are well aware, Nevada has the highest percentage of federally managed land in the U.S., at over 80%. The work of the Task Force must be complete by September 2014, when they will present a report to the Nevada Legislature’s interim Committee on Public Lands.
The Nye County Commission will be hearing a report on the Task Force and discussing public lands issues in Nye County at Tuesday’s September 3, 2013 meeting. The Commission will be taking public comment on this item and encourages any interested parties or members of the public to attend.