It’s with great sadness that we learned that Scenic Nevada’s founder Douglas G. Smith, our dear friend, mentor and driving force, passed away at Renown Medical Center on March 25, 2019. Doug was at the helm of Scenic Nevada from its inception in 2000 until his retirement from our organization about six years ago.
Thank You and Goodbye, Doug
Fewer Billboards on the Horizon
Since Scenic Nevada won its battle in late 2017 to have the Reno billboard ban enacted, the supply of legal unused permits, known as banked receipts, has dwindled from 67 to less than 50. That means fewer new billboards are on the horizon.
The ban on new billboards, approved by a majority of Reno voters 17 years ago, is now the […]
National Scenic Byway Legislation Advances
Good news! The House passed legislation Feb. 6, reviving our nation’s Scenic Byway program. Now, the Senate is reviewing a companion bill. Write your Senators today urging them to vote yes on S 349 to restart the program.
Sen. Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Cardin (D-MD) […]
New Brightness Limit Approved on Some Digital Signs
The Reno City Council followed the planning commission’s lead and approved one of the lowest nighttime brightness levels for digital signs in the nation. But the city code change approved March 13 only applies to drive-through digital signs. All other digital signs in the city are not affected and are among the brightest in the […]
Scenic Nevada is a 501c3 nonprofit, non-partisan, environmental organization that works to preserve, protect and enhance the scenic character of Nevada. Our principal activities are to educate the general public of the economic, social, and cultural benefits of scenic preservation. This includes billboard and sign control, protecting and supporting Scenic Byways, promoting sound wall alternatives, supporting open space and greenways plans and minimizing the impact of cell towers. Founded by Douglas G. Smith in 2000 to combat the proliferation of billboards in Reno, Scenic Nevada has grown to become a statewide organization. We are an all-volunteer group of people working to protect the scenic beauty of Nevada’s majestic landscape as well as the scenic character of our communities.