Natural resources budget may be cut (AP)

Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Allen Biaggi, right, State Forester Firewarden, Division of Forestry Pete Anderson, center, and Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Director Kay Scherer, listen Monday after testifying in front of the Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining at the Nevada Legislature. Photo by Brad Horn/Nevada Appeal.

 

Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Allen Biaggi, right, State Forester Firewarden, Division of Forestry Pete Anderson, center, and Nevada State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Director Kay Scherer, listen Monday after testifying in front of the Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining at the Nevada Legislature. Photo by Brad Horn/Nevada Appeal.

 

Lawmakers were told Monday that Gov. Jim Gibbons’ proposed budget cuts would result in limited state park operations, closure of a camp for prison inmate firefighters and an end to a commission that protects Nevada’s wild horse herds. [Clarification: The Wild Horse Commission’s trust funds are running out because of the economy, which is irrespective of the Governor’s recommended budget. The AP article expands upon this point at the end of the article.]

State Forester Pete Anderson said the budget cuts will require closure of the Tonopah Conservation Camp, which houses state prison inmates who help fight forest fires and work on various conservation projects. That would leave eight conservation camps around the state.

Read the complete story at the Nevada Appeal.

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