We must protect our public lands By Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevadans have good reason to be fiercely proud, and protective, of our public lands. From the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe in the north to the ruby sandstone canyons in the south, Nevada’s natural beauty is unparalleled. The opportunity to explore our state’s parks, monuments, and refuges is one of the many joys of living here.
I first encountered the wonder of Nevada’s public lands at a very young age. When my sister and I were kids, my dad took us all over the state, hiking, camping, rock-climbing, and bird watching. He loved the natural world and wanted us to discover its magic.
Every young Nevadan deserves to have that same experience. Outdoor recreation supports 20,000 jobs and generates $1.8 billion in sales in Nevada each year, but our public lands are not just a boon to our economy—they are a powerful tool for educating our children and improving their health. Nevada’s canyons, deserts, mountains, and lakes are the foundation of our Western identity and an indispensable part of our collective heritage.
On April 26, President Trump directed the Department of the Interior to review all national monuments designated in the past 20 years—a list that includes Gold Butte and Basin and Range. If the Trump administration revokes these designations, our state’s most valuable natural and cultural resources will become vulnerable to privatization, pollution, extraction, and permanent degradation. Trump’s budget proposal represents yet another threat to our public lands. If passed, it would eliminate $11.6 billion from the Department of the Interior, the agency responsible for managing them. These egregious cuts would hinder our ability to protect our lands, devastate our local economies and put the health of Nevadans at risk. 
Our public lands belong to all of us so we need to protect them for future generations. I will work tirelessly with my colleagues to preserve Nevada’s public lands. To do otherwise would be a profound disservice to our children and grandchildren.
Note: The Department of the Interior is accepting public comment as part of its review. Go to monumentsforall.org to voice your support for our national monuments before July 10th.

ACLU Nevada Letter of Intent 2017

Dear Rose,

The 2017 Legislative Session is officially kicked off yesterday, we here at the ACLU of Nevada are excited to work with you on the important issues which will help protect and further civil liberties and rights here in Nevada.

The ACLU of Nevada will be proactive in supporting legislation that seeks to end the death penalty, mandates a more transparent, open and accessible state government, brings additional protections to those who identify as LGBTQ+, especially our youth, improves our criminal justice system, and many others.

We will also staunchly oppose any effort to revive the unconstitutional voucher scheme passed in 2015. We believe in public money for public schools and will not stand for taxpayer funded discrimination.

Over the course of the next 120 days, we will need your support and passion more than ever. Holly Welborn, our policy director, and the policy team will lead our legislative effort on the ground in Carson City for the duration of the session. You can help us by showing up to hearings, amplifying our message online, and calling and writing to your representatives to make your voice heard on the issues they will be voting on.

We are grateful for the support you provide and look forwarding to standing with you on issues specific to Nevada over the course of this legislative session and our ongoing national efforts.  Follow our legislative work 


Tod Story 
Executive Director 
ACLU of Nevada