Question 1 Ballot Initiative

in Nevada

For three years, the Conservancy worked quietly to create and pass Question 1, a ballot initiative to benefit Nevada clean water, parks and wildlife.

Strategic Importance
The Conservancy guided Question 1 through the legislative process, ensuring it a place on the November 2002 ballot. Then the Conservancy took the lead on fundraising and strategy for the public campaign.

In a difficult economic year, Nevadans overwhelmingly voted in favor of the largest conservation bond measure in Nevada history, authorizing up to $200 million in support of natural and cultural resources across the state.

Conservation Results
Passage of Question 1 created a stable, long-term source of funding to protect Nevada's open space, rivers, lakes, wetlands and parks.

Funding from Question 1 has been allocated to the following entities for the purposes stated below:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

  • Contracts or agreements under which nonprofit conservation organization may acquire land and water for environmental protection
  • Numerous grant programs

Department of Cultural Affairs

  • To establish a museum at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve
  • To create new exhibits and move exhibits from other locations to the new museum

Division of Wildlife

  • To acquire real or personal property to enhance, protect and manage wildlife and habitat
  • To develop and renovate facilities and habitats for fish and wildlife

Division of State Parks

  • To acquire real or personal property for parks and recreation
  • To support extraordinary capital improvements and renovations

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

  • The preserve must match 50% of the cost of any project funded
  • For planning, development, design and construction
  • To provide wildlife habitat

Clark County

  • To develop Clark County Wetlands Park
  • The county must match 50% of the cost of any project funded
  • To divert water, control erosion, and improve existing wetlands
  • To create new wetlands
  • To acquire land and water rights
  • To provide recreational facilities
  • To provide parking for access to park

Washoe County

  • To restore and enhance the Truckee River Corridor
  • The county must match 50% of the cost of any project funded
  • Partners
    American Nevada Corporation
    Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc.
    Carson City Parks and Recreation
    Cashman Equipment Co.
    Citizen Alert
    Dermody Properties Ltd.
    Ducks Unlimited
    Great Basin Mine Watch
    Historic Reno Preservation Society
    The Howard Hughes Corporation
    League of Women Voters of Nevada
    League to Save Lake Tahoe
    National Wildlife Federation
    Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
    Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners
    Nevada Conservation League
    Nevada Commission on Tourism
    Nevada Land Trust
    Nevada Mining Association
    Nevada Native Plant Society
    Outside Las Vegas Foundation
    Park Place Entertainment
    PLAN (Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada)
    Preserve Nevada
    Red Rock Audubon Society
    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
    Rogich Communications
    Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter
    Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association
    State of Nevada  Board of Museums and History
    The Conservation Fund
    The Nature Conservancy
    The Trust For Public Land
    Thomas & Mack
    Truckee River Yacht Club
    Washoe County Parks Commission
    Washoe-Storey Conservation District

Other Important Nevada Conservation Legislation
The Conservancy worked to pass conservation easement legislation for Nevada and supported legislation that secured $47.2 million for parks and wildlife in the state.