Media Availability: WILDERNESS SOCIETY EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR STATE OF THE UNION COVERAGE

Jan 24, 2011

Wilderness Society experts will be on hand before and after the State of the Union address to talk about the upcoming budget fight and what it means for environmental issues: the Gulf oil spill; renewable jobs and climate change policy; President Obama’s modern conservation agenda, America’s Great Outdoors; and more.

WHO:

BUDGET: Alan Rowsome – Director, Conservation Funding. Alan leads The Wilderness Society’s (TWS) advocacy on the federal budget and appropriations process to increase conservation funding through programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Forest Legacy Program.

GULF OIL SPILL: Lois Epstein, P.E. – Director, Arctic Program. Lois’s focus at TWS is on ensuring safe and environmentally sound onshore and offshore Arctic oil and gas operations and protecting sensitive areas from new resource development.

RENEWABLE ENERGY/CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY: David Moulton – Director, Climate Policy.  David joined TWS in 2008 after working for Chairman Ed Markey (D, MA) on the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming in the U.S. House of Representatives. David currently leads TWS’s work on climate change, biomass and clean air policies.

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: William H. Meadows – President, The Wilderness Society. Recognized as a national leader in public land conservation and wilderness preservation, Bill has played an important role in the protection of national forest roadless areas, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and America’s national monuments.

To set up an interview, please contact:

Emily Diamond-Falk – Communications Manager, The Wilderness Society, 202-841-8605, emily_diamond-falk@tws.org