A bill to promote conservation, improve public land management, and provide for sensible development in Pershing County, Nevada, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act

This bill directs the Department of the Interior to conduct sales or exchanges
of eligible lands in Pershing County, Nevada, identified as the "Checkerboard
Lands Resolution Area."

Interior and the county shall jointly select which parcels of eligible land to
offer for sale or acre-for-acre exchange. 

For purposes of acre-for-acre exchanges, Interior shall identify management
priority areas within the Checkerboard Lands Resolution Area, including those
considered to be:

 *  greater sage-grouse habitat;
 *  part of an identified wildlife corridor or designated critical habitat;
 * of value for outdoor recreation or public access for hunting, fishing, and
   other recreational purposes;
 * of significant cultural, historic, ecological, or scenic value; or
 * of value for improving federal land management. 

The bill prescribes requirements for the disposition of proceeds from the sales
of lands. 

Interior shall offer for sale and convey to specified qualified entities, for
fair market value, the remaining U.S. right, title, and interest in certain
lands and interests in the county. 

Interior shall convey to the county, without consideration, Unionville Cemetery. 

The bill designates specified federal land in Nevada as components of the
National Wilderness Preservation System. 

The bill releases specified wilderness study areas from further review for
designation as wilderness.



  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 16th, 2017