(This is Reno, Carla O’Day)

The Reno City Council adopted a resolution Wednesday in support of comprehensive federal public lands legislation to encourage economic development, conservation and recreation in Northern Nevada.

Several people showed up to support the resolution, saying Reno should have a seat at the table in discussions, but those in favor voiced opposition to potential urban sprawl and noted land shouldn’t be carelessly turned over to builders.

The 5-1 approval had Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus dissenting, noting land bills can result in lots of property going to developers. Councilman David Bobzien was absent.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said resolutions from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County will carry a lot of weight.

“We believe the public lands process is generated from the bottom up,” said Amodei, who was on hand to update the City Council on federal issues affecting the area.

The resolution indicates the city supports expanding recreational opportunities by providing land for parks and trails; preserving opportunities for hiking, hunting and camping; furthering conservation by designating new wilderness areas and proving funding for habitat restoration and conservation efforts; and making federal lands available for economic development.

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