The Conservation Bond
Program became known as the "Question 1 Program"
when the Proposal to Issue Bonds for Conservation and Resource
Protection under Assembly Bill No. 9 of the 17the Special Session
appeared number 1 on the State of Nevada voter’s ballot. Nevada
voters passed Question 1, thereby authorizing the State of Nevada to
issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $200
"…to preserve water quality; protect open space, lakes, rivers,
wetlands, and wildlife habitat; and restore and improve parks,
recreational areas, and historic and cultural resources."
Of the total bond issue, $65.5 million was
provided to the Nevada Division of State Lands to provide grants for
state agencies, local governments, or qualifying private nonprofit
for various programs
to resource protection.
Grants have been awarded to counties, municipalities, state
agencies, and non-profit conservation organizations for the purpose
of protecting, preserving, and obtaining the benefits of the
property and natural resources of the State of Nevada. Because funding
through this program is limited, allocation of these funds are
Technical Advisory Groups will
review grant proposals and make recommendations regarding grant
awards to the Administrator. Recommendations will be based
predominantly on the project's ability to conserve and protect
natural, scientific, cultural, archaeological., agricultural,
paleontological, historical, wetland, or riparian resources, and;
the project's ability to benefit the public towards an overall
advancement in the conservation and protection of the natural
resources of the state, an enhancement of recreational
opportunities, increased public access to lands and waters, and the
achievement of goals identified in adopted open space plans.
Based on all information
received, the State Lands Administrator will make a final determination of
projects to be funded. Projects that will achieve
multiple purposes, leverage additional funding sources, and that are
integrated with other existing projects (of the types describe above) are
encouraged. Matching contributions of
between 5 percent and 50 are required, depending upon project type.
For more information on the grant application
process, please contact the
The Nevada Division of State Lands
at (775) 684-2720.