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AJR2 recognizes that forest health and water quality are inextricably linked, includes voluntary soil health measures in voluntary programs — passed 5/14/2021 and resolution filed with Secretary of State
Assembly Joint Resolution —Recognizing that the health of forests, rangelands and soils are inextricably linked to the quantity and quality of water.
4/14/2021 Passed the Assembly by a vote of 34–8
5/14/2021 Passed the Senate unanimously 21–0
5/19/2021 Filed with the Secretary of State
This resolution recognizes the environmental and public health benefits of healthy soils, forests and rangeland in preventing erosion, filtering drinking water and recharging groundwater. It also states that climate change is exacerbating drought and wildfires.
Under this resolution, the legislature “expresses its support for the Federal Government, state agencies, conservation districts and local governments to work collaboratively with water purveyors, land managers, private landowners, land users and other stakeholders to identify watersheds that can be improved by better forest, rangeland and soil health measures and to identify or establish voluntary programs, within the limits of legislative appropriations and other available money, to address the health of forests, rangelands and soils”.
Soil Health Definition:
The goal is to improve the health of forests, rangeland and soils through voluntary programs.
Program Required Measurements:
The resolution does not identify specific funding sources, but mentions “legislative appropriations and other available money”.
Collaborative projects between the “Federal Government, state agencies, conservation districts and local governments” and “water purveyors, land managers, private landowners, land users and other stakeholders”.
Practices eligible for funding:
State Universities & Researchers:
- University of Nevada, Reno: Land-grant university
Agricultural Organizations & Technical Assistance:
Education & Advocacy Groups:
- The Nature Conservancy
Last Update 01/18/2024