Blue Lakes in northwest Nevada's Pine Forest Range
The Wilderness Society today applauded the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for passing the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act out of committee.
The Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act (S. 342) – sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and co-sponsored by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) – would establish 26,000 acres of wilderness in the northwest Nevada’s Pine Forest Range. Overlooking the Black Rock Desert, the Pine Forest Range is blanketed by limber and whitebark pines and provides some of the region’s best trout fishing. Named by Field and Stream as a “Best Wild Place” for trout fishing and outdoor adventure, the Pine Forest Range is a true crown jewel. This measure would ensure that these important resources are protected in perpetuity.
“Protecting the Pine Forest Range will preserve our time-tested traditions to hunt and fish on our public lands,” said Paul Spitler, director of wilderness campaigns at The Wilderness Society. “Wilderness is great for Nevada and America, and we urge the Congress to send the Pine Forest Recreation Enhancement Act to the President this year.”
The mark-up is a further sign of continued momentum that The Wilderness Society is hopeful will mark a stark difference between the 112th and 113th Congress. The 112th Congress was the first Congress since 1966 to not protect a single acre of wilderness. It was also the first Congress since World War II to not protect a single new acre of public land as a Park, National Monument, or Wilderness Area.