NEVADA – Today, the Nevada State Legislature voted to pass Assembly Bill (AB) 211, legislation that requires developers to consider the impacts to wildlife and their respective habitats in development plans.
AB 211, sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, requires developers to consult with the Nevada Department of Wildlife on development proposals or plans in order to minimize or mitigate impacts on wildlife and habitats when feasible and to state those impacts as part of their proposal.
“Nevada’s vast open spaces make it a great place for both people and wildlife to call home. However, encroaching development can threaten wildlife or cause irreversible damage by consuming and fragmenting their habitat, cutting off important migration corridors, or impacting the quality of the air or water,” said Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui. “Today, I am proud to see our Nevada Legislature pass my legislation to minimize and mitigate those impacts and make further progress to protect the wildlife and open spaces that make our state so special.”
“Nevada is proud to be one of the most biodiverse states in the country. While new developments push into previously undeveloped land, we must do all we can to protect our wildlife and habitat,” said Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Paul Selberg. “By passing AB 211, we can give local planning authorities the critical information they need to make decisions to avoid or mitigate impacts to wildlife and their habitat. We are grateful to Assemblywoman Jauregui for championing this legislation so we can continue to protect Nevada’s people, land, air, water, and wildlife.”