Southern Nevada Agency Partnership
More than 10 million acres of land and water around Las Vegas are managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service. While each agency has a distinct mission, all face common issues and manage resources and visitor uses that cross agency boundaries.
Through the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP), the four federal agencies work together to respond to a variety of shared management challenges and opportunities. By directing resources and expertise toward common goals, the partnership increases the capacity of member agencies to serve the public and manage resources.
SNAP is led by a Board of Directors, comprised of local leaders from each of the four agencies, an executive director who facilitates interagency coordination, and interagency teams that carry out a joint projects and initiatives.
Together, the federal agencies cooperate with a variety of community organizations with similar goals. We work closely with the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to engage volunteers on federal lands and provide outdoor education opportunities. Friends of Nevada Wilderness is our partner in stewardship of federal wilderness areas in Southern Nevada. The Great Basin Institute is a source of talent for carrying out many projects on federal lands. The Public Lands Institute helped develop many of interagency programs SNAP is involved in.
Some of the SNAP agencies partner with friends groups and other organizations to carry out agency-specific work that contributes to interagency efforts. The Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association, Southern Nevada Conservancy and Friends of Desert National Wildlife Refuge, are examples.
Together, we all are caring for federal lands in Southern Nevada and providing opportunities to enjoy the many spectacular places just minutes from Las Vegas.