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house Bill H.R. 5205

Economic Growth and Wilderness Area Protection in Northern Nevada

Argument in favor

The bill strikes a balance between preserving wilderness areas and economic development — paving the way for much needed job creation.

Argument opposed

If the federal government is going to do anything with this land, it ought to sell some of it to pay down the debt.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed September 15th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJuly 25th, 2014

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What is House Bill H.R. 5205?

This bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to transfer specified federal lands in Nevada to other government agencies. It would designate 73,500 acres as wilderness — in order to make it a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

H.R. 5205 would also designate approximately 23,000 acres for economic development and require the Secretary of the Interior to protect specified areas for the benefit of the Te-Moak Tribe.


The bill would transfer about 12,000 acres of land to the city of Yerington, and about 9,114 acres to the city of Fernley.

Impact

Residents of Northern Nevada areas currently held by the BLM, Te-Moak tribe members, the BLM, and the Secretary of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5205

$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost less than $500,000. It would also increase offsetting receipts by $2 million in 2015.

More Information

Of Note:

Lyon County, Nevada would stand to benefit from the passage of this bill, as the bill is projected to allow the creation of between 800 and 1,000 jobs related to the copper mining industry. This has been impeded by the federal government’s ownership of the lands around Yerington, which suffers from the state’s highest unemployment rate.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) Press Release

CBO Cost Analysis

Reno Gazette Journal

Watchdog Wire

Seeking Alpha

National Journal - Copper Mining in Nevada

(Photo Credit: NevadaWilderness.org)

AKA

Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act

Official Title

To authorize certain land conveyances involving public lands in northern Nevada to promote economic development and conservation, and for other purposes.

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