Senator Harry Reid told Reno’s KRNV in April 2014, “This is not over,” following the stand-off at the Bundy Ranch. He wasn’t kidding having introduced a bill to seize nearly 1 million acres of Nevada — including land involving the Bundy Ranch.
“…Reid last month introduced legislation to withdraw 805,100 acres of federal land in Garden Valley and Coal Valley straddling the Lincoln and Nye county lines,” reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “a desolate area bigger than Rhode Island.”
Taking a deeper look, his plan is in lock-step with the Bureau of Land Managements plan to have 2,767,941 acres in Southern Nevada designated as ‘Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.’ According to Federal Register, Volume 79, No.197, published October 10th, 2014, the BLM has plans to close off the Virgin River and Gold Butte areas, near the Bundy Ranch, to all human activities.
Before the standoff, there was around one million acres of ACECs in Southern Nevada. Since the standoff, the BLM has applied for an additional 1.8 Million Southern Nevada acres — a 280-percent increase.
Reid, whose listed as the bill’s only sponsor, had no comment. His spokeswoman though, Kristen Orthman, said the Nevada Democrat “has long had conversations about how to protect the scenic, natural and cultural values in and around Garden Valley.”