While concerns about the economy continue to generate huge media interest, a “Who’s Who” of national reporters turned their attention for an hour to thinking about what the new Obama Administration might mean to America’s public lands and the wildlife that call them home.
Ann Morgan, Vice President of The Wilderness Society’s Public Lands Program, joined vice presidents from National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and Defenders of Wildlife in a November 13 media briefing on wildlife and public lands priorities for the new administration. Media from USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, the Associated Press, Reuters, Congressional Quarterly, and Public Radio International were among those who joined the call to learn what conservation groups see in the months ahead. Morgan called for “strong leadership and concerted action” on public lands issues. She urged the new Administration to:
- Balance energy production with environmental protection,
- Get serious about addressing global warming,
- Restore road-damaged habitat and watersheds, and
- Protect new wilderness areas.
Read her full statement. An audio link to the news conference, including written statements by all the participants, are available.