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Public Lands Day Has Special Meaning In Nevada


Entry is free Saturday to Nevada's 23 state parks and the four national parks that are in or cross the border into Nevada.

It's all part of Nevada Public Lands Day, which has been recognized in Nevada since 2017.

"It's a celebration of the public lands that belong to every single person in this country," said Annette Magnus, executive director of Battle Born Progress. "And it is our responsibility to protect them for future generations."

Public lands are also a bone of contention among conservation groups and some elected officials, as the Trump Administration has worked to open some of the millions of acres of federal land in Nevada to private interests.

"It was our responsibility and it continues to be our responsibility to make sure that the national monuments and all of our public lands are protected," Magnus said "And to make that we are pushing back and fighting against the Trump administration when they try to come into Nevada and do things with our land that we don't approve of."

There will be no shortage of elected officials to kick off the day in Mountain's Edge Regional Park, where Governor Steve Sisolak and several others, including Congresswomen Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, and Susie Lee, D-Henderson, will take part.

Magnus said the event will be a chance to bring the entire family out and enjoy our public lands. 

Annette Magnus, executive director, Battle Born Progress

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