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445,000-acre Avi Kwa Ame proposal subject of public meeting Thursday in Laughlin

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A public meeting on the proposed 445,000-acre Avi Kwa Ame nationwide monument is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 17, in Laughlin.

The proposed monument covers an unlimited space of Southern Nevada from the Eldorado Valley south of Boulder City extending south to the world west of Laughlin. The monument was proposed in federal laws sponsored by U.S. Rep. Dina Titus in February 2022.

It would put aside land at the moment managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.” Ave Kwa Ame is the Mojave identify for Spirit Mountain and the encircling panorama. A map of the positioning is from the web site https://honorspiritmountain.org/.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the Gemini Room of the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin at 1900 S. Casino Dr. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Laura Daniel-Davis will take part in the meeting, in line with a BLM information launch.

“It’s the source of life and place of origin for 10 Yuman-speaking tribes of the Mojave, Hualapai, Yavapai, Havasupai, Quechan, Maricopa, Pai Pai, Halchidhoma, Cocopah, and Kumeyaay,” in line with avikwaame.com, a web site in regards to the project. “It’s sacred land to the Hopi and Chemehuevi Paiute people.”

“The lands contain some of the most visually stunning, biologically diverse, and culturally significant lands in the entire Mojave Desert.”

The proposed monument can be residence to a Joshua tree believed to be the third-largest in the world.

A aim of the monument could be to protect “cultural, ecological, scenic, wildlife, recreational, dark sky, historical, natural, educational, and scientific resources of the monument,” in line with the laws.

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