I will not speak to specifics of the bill as I don't have that information available.
However, I will speak in general terms of what is happening in Nevada.
On the surface, it appears as much is being lost with this Nevada bill. However, in reality, they are conceeding points that wold be lost anyway.
In reality, there is a loss of OHV leadership in Nevada since the Nevada United Four Wheel Drive Association elected to close their book on operations.
It is a sad loss that will be felt in coming years.
During the past few years. NUFWA has been heavily involved in working to craft lands bills that provided a balance. Some lands were relegated to wilderness while wilderness study areas were released.
Concidering that Nevada is more than 80% federal control, achieving WSA release is a good thing. The unfortunate thing is most of the release has occured in Clark County - Las Vegas.
Yes, there are challenges in Nevada. Howver, there does remain a contingent that is willing to carry on the fight for access to public lands.
If i were to possess the power to gaze into a crystal ball and determine if this lands bill were good or bad, I would find a coudy vision.
On the surface, there is loss of access. However, much of that access is (or would habe been) lost. This bill does contain some release language where other previously off limits areas are not open to access.
Is that good or bad?? Don't know.
I do support the concept of wilderness as defined in the Wilderness Act. I am not comfortable with the loss of lands to wilderness that do not meet the criteria defined in the Act.
We, as recreationist, are faced with the follwoing: wilderness, water, wildlife, and air.
If we come down on the wrong side of those issues, we loose in the court of public opinion.
That does pose some challenges as to how we continue to promote recreation opportunities and provide for the mandated resource protection issue.
We can use the actions of today to develop our leaders of tomorrow.
When that is extrapolated across the nation, there are a host of issues that we need to work towards resolution within a framework that acknowledges OHV recreation and the increasing demand for OHV opportunities.
The challenges are there awaiting a solution.
Interested parties should inquire......