Progressive and environmental groups on Tuesday protested outside of Congressman Mark Amodei’s (R-Nev.) office on Kietzke Lane in south Reno.
They said an amendment by Amodei to the defense authorization bill in Congress would devastate wildlife habitat and amount to a land and water grab.
“Our public lands and water are for the public, not the military and mining companies. Now we need our elected representatives to make sure this destructive proposal doesn’t come back, and we need concerned Nevadans to continue to stand with us in this fight to protect this land,” said Olivia Brister with the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.
Groups opposed to the amendment said the land transfer “would enable the long-proposed Fallon Naval Air Station bombing range expansion, making some 350,000 acres of public land subject to bombing runs and military warfare training. It would also extend military control over as much as 400,000 acres of other public lands.
Amodei, reached by phone on Wednesday, was nonplussed by the amendment not moving forward.
“We submitted an amendment and it went to the Rules Committee with about a thousand others and it wasn’t made in order, which means it wasn’t accepted for inclusion in the bill on the floor. It’s not the first time it’s happened. It’s part of a five-year ongoing process,” he told This Is Reno.
Amodei further said the land transfer would be beneficial to central Nevada and the environment, including sage grouse habitat.