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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

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.
September 30, 2021

Nevada Wildlife Federation Applauds Senator Hickenlooper’s Bill to Eliminate Noncompetitive Leasing

Senator Hickenlooper joins Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen in introducing bills to reform the antiquated federal oil and gas program -- bills that can, and should, be included in the upcoming budget reconciliation bill.
September 29, 2021

Senator Rosen Supports Bipartisan Bill To Galvanize Wildlife Conservation, Help Prevent Extinctions Nationwide

Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen is co-sponsoring the most significant wildlife conservation bill in nearly half a century, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill will devote $1.4 billion annually to locally-led efforts – including $24.8 million to Nevada – to help at-risk wildlife species.
September 15, 2021

Executive Order creating the Nevada Habitat Conservation Framework and Wildlife Connectivity Plan

Governor Sisolak signed the Sagebrush Conservation Executive Order. This measure is a step in the right direction concerning the conservation of migratory habitats in Nevada. The order outlines a number of ways NDOW will be able to manage and develop policies that protect our public spaces and the animals that roam through them.
July 20, 2021

New Bill Would Galvanize Wildlife Conservation, Help Prevent Extinctions in Nevada

New bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate will fund locally-led efforts to help prevent extinctions and help wildlife thrive nationwide. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will send approximately $24.8 million to Nevada each year, which the Nevada Department of Wildlife will use to help the ten species of concern in Nevada, such as the Bighorn Sheep, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout and Golden Eagles.
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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.