Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Park visitor numbers have soared during the pandemic

March crowds and closures at Lake Mead:

May visitation figures: Data supplied by Janice Keillor, Deputy Administrator, Planning, Development and Grants, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Nevada Division of State Parks, personal communication, 19 June 2020.

 

May visitation: 

  • Sand Harbor. May 2020: 88,816; May 2019, 48,978; % increase: 81.3.

  • Spooner Lake. May 2020: 9,632; May 2019, 4,918; % increase: 95.9.

  • South Fork State Recreation Area. May 2020: 21,461; May 2019: 10,557; % increase: 103.3.

Red Rock Canyon NCA

Access to the outdoors requires funding public lands

The LWCF has protected some of Nevada’s most treasured places

  • Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, Washoe Lake State Park, and local and regional parks: LWCF State Side grants list provided by Sally Grate, U.S. National Park Service, personal communication, 2 October, 2019. Full list available here.

  • Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest: Amy Lindholm, LWCF Coalition, personal communication, 10 December 2019. Per this communication, total LWCF Federal Side, Forest Legacy Program and Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Program grants for Nevada are as follows:

Federal side grant totals 

Federal Unit Name           

Total Funding

Agency

Ash Meadows NWR

$7,579,000 

FWS

Desert NWR

$500,000 

FWS

Humboldt NF

$1,400,000 

USFS

Lake Mead NRA

$4,807,438 

NPS

Moapa Valley NWR

$2,384,000 

FWS

Red Rock Canyon NCA

$3,000,000 

BLM

Soldier Meadow Ranch

$1,000,000 

BLM

Stillwater NWR

$13,718,000 

FWS

Toiyabe NF

$25,319,000 

USFS

Forest Legacy program

Ash Canyon Gateway (Carson City):  $438,000 

Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Program (Section 6)

FY

Project

Total funding

County

FY03

Lockes Ranch

$900,000 

Nye

FY04

Dave's Island Tract

$1,000,000 

Elko

FY05

Lahontan Cutthroat, Little Humboldt/Snowstorm Mountain

$600,000 

Elko

FY10

Black Rock Station Acquisition (Railroad Valley Springfish)

$420,000 

Nye

FY10

Revert Spring Acquisition (southwestern willow flycatcher, candidate yellow-billed cuckoo, Amargosa toad, Oasis valley speckled dace)

$968,922 

Nye

 

Total

$3,888,922 

 

 

For more information on LWCF-funded projects in Nevada, see James Horrox, Frontier Group, and Levi Kamolnick, Environment Nevada, Protecting the Places We Love: How the Land and Water Conservation Fund Supports Outdoor Recreation in Nevada, January 2020, p.7.

To expand access to the outdoors, fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Funding for parks supports our outdoor economy

LWCF Coalition, “Nevada: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage,” 2019.