Twin Peaks

Washoe Community

With the support of numerous stakeholders, Washoe County is advancing a public lands proposal to support local economic development, advance conservation priorities, protect wilderness, and enhance outdoor recreation. The proposal will provide new economic development opportunities, protect existing land uses, preserve deserving lands, and enhance recreational opportunities.

This proposal will advance economic development throughout Washoe County by protecting existing land uses, and conveying public lands for economic development.

Building New Schools for Families

As Washoe County continues to grow and attract people from around the country, many of these families will need schools and a quality education for their children. Public land legislation would assist the Washoe County School District with meeting the education needs of our growing community by making land available for the construction of new schools, and would continue to improve the quality of life in the region for years to come.

Backpacking through Massacre Rim

Conveying Public Lands

The proposal will preserve outstanding opportunities for hiking, camping, hunting, sightseeing, and exploration in northwest Nevada’s wilderness-caliber lands. Further, the proposal will provide new opportunities for recreation on lands outside wilderness and closer to communities.

For example, the proposal will convey lands near Reno to Washoe County for a multi-use trail system. The proposal will also convey lands to the county for a new recreational shooting facility. Through these conveyances, everyone who likes to hike, bike, or shoot will have new opportunities to get outside and enjoy public lands.


Dear Senator Reid, Senator Heller, and Congressman Amodei,

Nevada lawmakers have a history of working together to address issues facing both the rural and urban regions of our state.  A public lands bill for Washoe County is an opportunity to resolve a series of long standing major public interest issues in and around the greater Reno-Sparks area.
It will provide lasting benefits for our economy, increase opportunities for diverse recreation, and protect some of our wildest lands as wilderness. In short, it will enhance our high quality of life for now and for generations to come.
I urge you to work together with other members of the Nevada delegation to pass a Washoe County lands bill that will protect wilderness, promote economic development, and continue to improve our quality of life.