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Great Basin Group, Sierra Club
Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee represents the Sierra Club on conservation and environmental issues in northern Nevada, generally within the area defined for the Great Basin Group.

Conservation Committee meetings are generally held every month -- email the conservation chair using the link to the left. All Sierra Club members in the area are welcome at the Conservation Committee meetings.

January 2008 topical issue: I-80 Corridor Study.Reno's fast-paced growth drives transportation planning. The Nevada Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the regional government, is responsible for transportation planning within and around the urban center of northern Nevada. The I-80 interstate highway is an important part of this planning, and NDOT has begun (in late 2007) a major year-long study of its role for the Truckee Meadows. This study is taking a 40-year time frame. Your local Great Basin Group is represented on the stakeholders' group which is now meeting monthly to serve as citizen input to the planning process for the I-80 corridor. This study only looks at I-80 outside the McCarren west and east boundaries -- from McCarren to the California line on the west and from McCarren to Fernly on the east. We believe that the time is ripe for transportation planning that does not focus on simply more lanes for more single-passenger vehicles. The issues of global warming and of extremely high energy prices are apparent to nearly all now. Thus, Truckee Meadows needs transportation planning that will make our area economically viable in the future by being able to transport people to and from jobs, schools, and activities at reasonable personal costs. It also needs transportation infrastructure that will enable drastic cuts in harmful greenhouse gas emissions.