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Conservationists, NV legislators oppose Air Force expansion

Posted at 3:58 PM, Mar 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-10 18:58:29-04

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are rallying around a pair of state legislative resolutions opposing the proposed expansion of an Air Force bombing training range they say would threaten big horn sheep and other wildlife at a national refuge in southern Nevada.

The Nevada Test and Training Range covering 4,531 square miles (11,735 sq. kilometers) of federal land already includes about half of the 2,031 square-mile the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

The proposal that must be approved by Congress would withdraw an additional 468 square miles (1,212 sq. kilometers) currently co-managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Las Vegas.

The Air Force says it needs more room to train for technological development of enemy weapons and electronic warfare systems.