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Oil & Gas Leasing Reform

In Nevada, oil and gas leases are often sold for rock-bottom prices on public lands that have little to no potential for resource extraction. Recreation uses on these public lands are deprioritized. We are committed to ensuring our public lands are managed for all users.

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Public Lands

Nearly 85 percent of Nevada is public land, owned by all Americans. We are committed to conserving Nevada’s public lands and the wildlife habitat they provide, and to ensuring all Nevadans have equitable access to outdoor opportunities.

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Wildlife Connectivity

We are committed to maintaining, enhancing, and restoring migration routes among core wildlife habitats for Nevada’s wildlife—like bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, and pronghorn—so herds can freely roam across a healthy sagebrush-steppe ecosystem.

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Latest News

May 9, 2022

Senator Cortez-Masto Supports Bipartisan Bill To Help At-Risk Wildlife

Today, Senator Cortez Masto joined the bipartisan bill to help at-risk wildlife. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will send around $24 million annually to the Nevada Department of Wildlife which the agency will use to benefit the 256 species identified in its wildlife action plan, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, and sage grouse.
April 4, 2022

Representative Susie Lee Receives the First Annual Climate Change-Maker Award

Today, the Climate Action Campaign and the Nevada Wildlife Federation announced Representative Susie Lee received the first annual “Climate Change-Maker” award for her climate leadership in raising the urgency of federal investments in climate, justice, clean energy, and jobs.
April 4, 2022

National Wildlife Federation’s Collin O’Mara Calls for Urgent Investments in Natural Infrastructure

In a testimony to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara urged Congress to invest in natural infrastructure — such as forests and headwaters, coastal dunes and wetlands
February 17, 2022

Poll Clearly Shows Nevadans Want leaders to Prioritize Wildlife, Water Conservation

Nevadans support common-sense reforms to bring the federal oil and gas leasing system into the 21st century so that our public lands can be better managed for all users
December 16, 2021

Modernizing Oil and Gas Leasing called for in Senate Reconciliation Bill

The reforms highlighted in this bill have not been updated in decades. Key fiscal reforms include ending non-competitive leasing, increasing bonding rates on wells, and updating the royalty and rental rates for oil and gas leasing on public lands. These reforms will ensure taxpayers receive a fair return from the oil and gas industry who lease public lands for energy extraction.
December 1, 2021

Federal Oil and Gas Report Acknowledges Long-Overdue Reforms to fit America’s 21st Century Needs

The Biden administration issued its highly anticipated report on the federal oil and gas leasing program. The report acknowledges how the oil and gas industry have benefited from low leasing and bonding rates. Over the past century this has resulted in millions of dollars lost to the state of Nevada. Revenue that could have benefited the state’s residents and tourists who enjoy Nevada’s vast public lands.
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The Nevada Wildlife Federation works toward a Nevada with abundant wildlife freely roaming across a healthy sagebrush-steppe ecosystem, and all Nevadans having equitable access to outdoor opportunities.