As a resident of Nevada, it’s important to me that we protect our wilderness, but protecting Gold Butte is important for everyone because of it’s unique landscape, wildlife, and archeological resources. I am working on behalf of the Nevada Wilderness Project to protect Gold Butte, a beautiful and unique wild place.
How Can I Help Gold Butte?
If you are not in Las Vegas, please sign the Sierra Club petition. If you are in souther Nevada, please attend the Clark County Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 4rth at 10am. Find the meeting details on the Nevada Wilderness Project’s website.
Why Does Gold Butte Need Protection?
Gold Butte’s landscape is rich in archeological, cultural and biological resources, including thousands of Native American petroglyphs, mining era artifacts, the Las Vegas poppy, desert bighorn sheep and the federally endangered desert tortoise. Though remote, the area has suffered dramatically in the last 30 years from explosive growth in Las Vegas, Mesquite and St. George, UT. The area is steadily being degraded by off-road vehicle abuse, vandalism of cultural resources and the spread of invasive plant species. The volume of visitors to Gold Butte has skyrocketed in the last five years, and so has the need for protection.
From the Sierra Club Petition:
“Known as “Nevada’s piece of the Grand Canyon’s puzzle,” the Gold Butte area of the Greater Grand Canyon eco-region is located in the far eastern corner of Clark County. Filled with jagged peaks reaching over 5,000 feet and sandstone sculptures and canyons, it is hard to believe that Gold Butte area is a short drive from the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.
Nestled between federally protected Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, the area is filled with archaeological, historical, cultural and biological resources. This unique resource is deserving of federal protection just like its neighboring NRA and Monument.
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and the City of Mesquite have already passed resolutions in support of this magnificent area. Now is the time for the Clark County Commission to stand up and protect this crown jewel of Southern Nevada.”
You can help even if you don’t live in Nevada. Sign the Sierra Club’s petition now!
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