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Nevada Conservation League Applauds Nevada Legislature for Securing Major Conservation Wins

The league’s policy priorities will help move environmental progress forward in Nevada while leveraging federal funding

CARSON CITY, NV – June marked the end of Nevada’s 82nd legislative session and the passage of major conservation bills. With the help of conservation groups and advocates, the Nevada Conservation League was able to secure major policy priorities to protect Nevada’s lands and wildlife and advance clean energy solutions, all while leveraging federal funding from both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and our nation’s Clean Energy Plan.

The passage of AB112 establishes a Wildlife Crossing Fund within the state’s general fund. The legislation will help improve the safety of Nevada roads, protect critical species, and save millions in taxpayer dollars. The fund will be administered by the Nevada Department of Transportation to work collaboratively with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and construct new and maintain existing projects that allow wildlife to migrate safely across highways. See our press release on AB112 for more information about this bill. 

The passage of AB128 provides an appropriation for Outdoor Education and Recreation Grant Program. This funding will provide outdoor education and recreation opportunities for underserved students across Nevada. Advocates also highlight the beneficial impact access to parks and other outdoor spaces have on public health and local economies. See our press release on AB128 for more information about this bill. 

The passage of AB184 establishes the Nevada Clean Trucks and Buses Incentive Program. The legislation will help accelerate the adoption of medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, buses, delivery vans, and more among small businesses, public agencies, and school districts. This is particularly important for cleaning up Nevada’s air in crowded urban areas, low-income communities, and communities of color which are exposed to higher levels of traffic from these vehicles. See our press release on AB184 for more information about this bill. 

In response, Nevada Conservation League’s Deputy Director Christi Cabrera-Georgeson issued the following statement:

“Climate change is impacting all Nevadans, especially our most vulnerable communities like low-income families, seniors, and those with underlying health concerns. By securing funding for these programs, we are making Nevada safer, saving the state money, building the next generation of environmental stewards, and ensuring no one gets left behind in the transition to a clean energy future. Securing these pieces of legislation will go a long way in improving our environment and our communities. The work continues.”

All legislation passed was effective July 1st, 2023. Passing AB112, AB128, and AB184 was a top priority for the Nevada Conservation League this session. A list and tracker of other policy priorities can be found on the NCL website


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