Funds set for Basin wildfire projects | SierraSun.com

Funds set for Basin wildfire projects

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Wednesday signed off on $78.6 million in funding for 49 conservation, improvement and recreation projects in Nevada, including the Tahoe Basin.

Funding is being acquired through the sale of federal lands in southern Nevada.

About $4.1 million will be used from Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act money to jump start the efforts of the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team, according to a press statement announcing the plan. More than $14 million will be spent on wildfire protection, consisting of 14 hazardous fuel reduction projects at Lake Tahoe, the Carson Range and Spring Mountains.

Since its inception in 1998, the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act has generated more than $3 billion in revenues for use in Nevada. Some 85 percent has been invested in conservation, restoration and recreation projects, 10 percent has gone to the Southern Nevada Water Authority and 5 percent to Nevada’s general education fund.