Advancing Conservation and Education Act is a win for kids and conservation

Jul 14, 2016

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idado

Loren Kerns
Western Governors’ Association, Western States Land Commissioners Association, and The Wilderness Society praise legislation as ‘win-win’ solution.

Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced legislation to improve land management and enhance education revenue in the western United States. 

The Advancing Conservation and Education (ACE) Act provides opportunities for states to swap state trust lands contained within parks, wilderness and other conservation areas for other federal lands with lower conservation values and greater development potential. This will protect the integrity of federal conservation areas while providing states with new sources of revenue for education.

Supporters of the legislation offered the following statements.

Brent Goodrum, president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association:

“When federal conservation lands surround state lands, the ability to manage the land for income and provide revenue for education suffers.  The ACE Act will allow states to manage trust lands as intended by Congress ― to generate funding for our schoolchildren across the nation."

Paul Spitler, Director of Wilderness Policy at The Wilderness Society:

“This legislation will help preserve America’s parks and wilderness while providing states with new sources of revenue for schools. It’s a classic ‘win-win.’”

Contacts: 

Paul Spitler, The Wilderness Society, (202) 360-1912

Allen Freemyer, Western States Land Commissioners Association, (202) 744-2409

Background fact sheet is available.