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Nominations sought for public land money

A proposal to preserve 1,373 acres of Park Cattle land surrounding the Dangberg Historic Home Ranch will be among the nominations under consideration for the 17th round of funding from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

On Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management opened the nomination period for Round 17 project proposals funded under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. The nomination period closes May 5.

Jacques Etchegoyhen of Legacy Land and Water confirmed that the park proposal will be reduced from the original 2,835 acres of land west of the line formed by highways 395 and 88.

The program has preserved thousands of acres of Douglas County land funded from Southern Nevada public land sales, and is seeking nominations for proposals for the next round.

Last year, a $12.4 million conservation easement on John Ascuaga's Jacks Valley Ranch was approved for purchase.

Earlier in 2016, 14,500 acres of Bently land in the Pine Nut Mountains worth $11.4 million was recommended for federal purchase under the act.

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Local governmental entities may seek SNPLMA funds for parks, trails, and natural areas in portions of Carson City and Clark, Lincoln and White Pine counties.

Federal agencies may seek funds for capital improvements, conservation initiatives and restoration projects in eastern Nevada. Federal, state and other agencies may seek SNPLMA funds for hazardous fuels reduction in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Carson Range and the Spring Mountain Range. Federal agencies may seek funding for acquisition of environmentally sensitive land statewide.

Since land sales within the Las Vegas Valley began under SNPLMA, more than $3.5 billion has been generated for improving communities by restoring habitat, reducing hazardous fuels and much more. More than 1,200 projects have been approved for funding by the Secretary of the Interior.

Specific requirements for nominating projects in the 17th round of SNPLMA funding is available at http://www.blm.gov/snplma. Nominations must be submitted directly to the BLM Southern Nevada District Office, SNPLMA Division, 4701 North Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130.

For more information, call Robert Wandel, assistant district manager, at (702) 515-5116. All Round 17 nominations must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on May 5. Late nominations will not be accepted.