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Horsford tours Kiel Ranch Park; Congress' renewed program for federal land funding

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Because the United States Congress renewed a five-decade-old program that has benefited Nevada, federal funds will continue to flow into the state for parks and conservation projects.

Take Kiel Ranch Historic Park: It's a place of big wonders, primarily through the eyes of a child. That's why Obrian Williams frequents the park with his kids Rhyan and Reign.

"I bring my kids out here to see the wildlife and the baby fish and frogs at least two or three times a week," he said.

The City of North Las Vegas renovated the property back to life a few years ago. Little Rhyan escorted Congressman Steven Horsford, D-NV, around the site to her favorite places.

Patrick Walker, Reporter: "What is it you like to come out here and see?" Rhyan shrugs because she was feeling a little shy.

Patrick Walker, Reporter: "What's your favorite thing?

Rhyan: "Hello," she said as she yelled in the microphone.

Her adorably sweet, young boldness made Reporter Patrick Walker laugh.

"They really love it, so I try to bring them out here and teach them about wildlife every chance I get," Williams said.

About $120,000 from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund helped pay for the park.

Congressman Horsford was at the park to celebrate the authorization of $524 million for the LWCF.

"This is just one of many examples throughout the valley; throughout southern Nevada, that the LWCF funds are going to support," Rep. Horsford said.

The Nevada Conservation League says outdoor recreation generates $1.1 billion in state and local taxes annually in Nevada while employing 87,000 people.

8 News NOW Reporter Patrick Walker has more on that, along with why Rep. Horsford says Kiel Ranch Park is a perfect example of the benefit of investing in the cultural significance of the past.