Senate approves public land sale |

Senate approves public land sale

Staff reports

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill allowing a public land sale that could benefit Douglas County.

The bill outlining the Lincoln County Lands Act was passed Tuesday. The proposal allows the sale of 13,500 acres of public land in Lincoln County. Lincoln will get 10 percent of the proceeds, the state will get 5 percent and the rest will go to the Bureau of Land Management for use protecting environmentally sensitive lands around Nevada.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the bill “a win-win situation for everyone.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., said the bill will especially benefit Lincoln County by expanding its tax base and generating more money for the county.

When the act was first proposed, proponents talked of using proceeds from Lincoln County sales to buy conservation easements in Douglas County, preventing development of those properties.

The bill calls for the sale of 4,817 acres within a year and 8,683 acres over five years through a competitive process.