The funding is a result of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA), which uses proceeds from sales of federal land in Clark County, Nevada, to fund environmental restoration, conservation and public recreational projects throughout the state.
“Nevada’s natural beauty and unique landscapes are economic engines for the state, and these funds will not only help restore and enhance these special areas for future generations, but the projects will create jobs and provide vital resources to hard hit communities for the benefit of all who live in and visit the state,” Salazar said.
“The BLM is committed to ensuring that the American people benefit from their public lands,” said Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, who oversees the public land sales. “The BLM values its strategic partnership with the State of Nevada and we are committed to ensuring that our public lands continue to play a central role in the economy of the state and in the lives of its citizens. The projects funded by this program are especially critical during these tough economic times.”
The Round 12 projects will generate more than 645 permanent full-time jobs over nine years, including 125 jobs by the end of 2012.
Funding approved in Round 12 expenditures under the act includes more than $7.5 million for projects throughout Nevada in the following categories:
• Parks, Trails & Natural Areas - $1,319,222
• Capital Improvements - $1,109,275
• Conservation Initiatives - $1,641,671
• Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisitions - $877,600
• Hazardous Fuels Reduction and Wildfire Prevention - $1,496,600
• Eastern Nevada Landscape Restoration Project - $996,100
• Multi-Species Habitat Conservation (MSHCP) - $92,000