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November 19, 2017

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Gold Butte has waited too long for proper protection

How many times do I have to see new off-road tracks up beautiful hills and over and through cultural sites in Gold Butte? How much bigger can the user-created camping sites get before the Bureau of Land Management puts a stop to the crushing and driving on large landscaped areas?

The people who visit Gold Butte need to have camping facilities located in areas that are not full of sensitive cultural history. Trampling brush and cactus anywhere that users wish is a detriment to Gold Butte. Burning Joshua trees for firewood is both a slap in the face and an injustice to this magnificent area.

Our federal representatives need to step up to the plate and create the Gold Butte National Conservation Area with Wilderness. Proper planning and funding are needed as soon as possible to put a stop to the degradation happening there.

Looking at pictures of Gold Butte 10 years ago and seeing it now make waiting any longer an insult to Nevadans. Republican or Democrat, we need to work together to save this special place.

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