A proclamation, honoring Scenic Nevada founder Doug Smith, was presented on the floor of the Nevada State Senate by state Senator Julia Ratti April 30, 2019. Doug, who passed away March 25, was honored for his decades-long public service and advocacy work to protect the scenic beauty of Nevada.

The proclamation was read by state Senator Ratti in the Senate Chamber which was followed by a standing ovation from Senators and visitors in the gallery. It was presented to Doug’s long-time partner Marilyn Melton.

Doug was at the helm of Scenic Nevada from its inception in 2000 until his retirement from our organization about six years ago.

It’s no exaggeration to say that the goals we accomplished in the past 19 years were only possible through the vision and dedication of Doug, who, along with a handful of other determined citizens, set out to preserve Nevada’s scenic heritage.

In late 1999 Doug gathered a group of like-minded Reno residents together to work on the billboard problem here, at a time when our public officials were not interested in curbing sign blight. Doug took on the industry and under his leadership, was able to get a people’s initiative passed in 2000 to ban new billboards in Reno.

The proclamation was a fitting tribute. Doug will be missed, but his legacy of scenic preservation lives on in Scenic Nevada and the vistas he protected.