Congressman Cresent Hardy (NV-4) released the following statement regarding the introduction of H.R. 1815, the Eastern Nevada Land Implementation Improvement Act:

“An unfortunate reality for many rural communities in Nevada is that vital planning decisions that would normally be made at the local and county levels must be regularly put on hold until federal land management agencies have had their say.

“This inefficient and overly bureaucratic process can leave future economic growth and environmental protection hanging in the balance, threatening the wellbeing of the rural West. This lands bill is a commonsense, bipartisan solution to a litany of problems that have plagued rural Eastern Nevada for years.

“This act will allow the Federal government to be a more effective partner with rural communities in Eastern Nevada,” said Hardy.

H.R. 1815 is supported by all members of the Nevada Congressional delegation.

The Eastern Nevada Land Implementation Improvement Act will:

• Position the BLM to more fully implement the Ely District Resource Management Plan while expanding and diversifying the Lincoln County economy;

• Fix errors in Wilderness Areas in White Pine and Nye Counties;

• Allow the City of Mesquite to finish and implement a conservation plan to preserve critical wildlife habitat and fish species.

The Eastern Nevada Land Implementation Improvement Act is supported by regional business leaders, the Board of Lincoln County Commissioners, the Board of White Pine County Commissioners, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick and the City of Mesquite.