Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze has announced a package of 30 conservation and recreation projects totaling nearly $80 million.  Funding for the projects was generated through the sale of public lands under the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA).

$2.7-million will be used to add exhibits and fund renovations at the Hoover Dam Visitor’s Center. Almost $6-million is earmarked for design and construction of the Colorado River Heritage Trail in Arizona.

The trail, stretching from the Laughlin Bridge to Davis Dam, is already developed on the Nevada side of the river. The funding will establish the trail on the Arizona side of the river, essentially creating a loop.

“These projects are a benefit to both the environment and the economy,” said Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider, who approved the grants.  “This program supports an incredible legacy of improved quality of life for all Nevadans.”

“I am excited to be back in my home state to announce these important community projects,”  Kornze said on December 7. “These investments will strengthen outdoor opportunities in the Las Vegas Valley and in many of Nevada’s small towns.”