Save the Sacred Swamp Cedars

Help pass legislation to protect this precious place.
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One of our state's most important historical sites is in danger. You can help pass a bill to save it.

The Swamp Cedars, in eastern Nevada's Spring Valley, are a grove of Rocky Mountain junipers with the rare ability to grow in shallow groundwater. These majestic trees help form a unique valley-bottom wetland ecosystem that's home to mule deer, pronghorns, eagles and greater sage grouse. 

They're an ancient gathering place for the Western Shoshone and Goshute peoples. But they're also a place of brutal historical tragedy. For the Swamp Cedars, as the chair of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Nation put it in a 2019 letter, are "the site of the largest Indian massacre in U.S. history." 

This holy place, where people pay their respects to fallen ancestors, must not be desecrated. But it's threatened by groundwater pumping and federal mismanagement. Now the Nevada legislature is considering a bill to require decision-makers consider impacts on the Swamp Cedars before greenlighting projects.

Please tell state lawmakers to pass Assembly Joint Resolution 4 and Assembly Bill 171 and save the sacred Swamp Cedars.

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Photo of the Swamp Cedars by Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity.
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