Statement on America’s Public Lands Bills Moving Forward in Congress from Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society

Dec 3, 2014
"The Wilderness Society is pleased to see Congress poised to act on a number of bipartisan wilderness and public lands bills that have awaited passage for years."

"These measures protect invaluable drinking water sources, wildlife habitat, and places to hunt, camp, and experience our great outdoors while strengthening local economies and enhancing the quality of life for countless Americans.”

“This year we are honoring the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which empowered Americans to safeguard places for future generations. Now is the time to honor that tradition and ensure places such as Hermosa Creek in Colorado, Alpine Lakes in Washington and the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana get the protection they deserve. These are locally driven efforts, negotiated in good faith that have broad and diverse support.”

"We are disappointed and concerned that destructive provisions such as the Resolution Copper Mine expansion are included in this package and we are opposed to this provision.  We believe other aspects of this legislation will secure significant conservation gains and should be passed without delay.”

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The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org

Contacts:
Alan Rowsome, (202) 429-2643, alan_rowsome@tws.org
Jeremy Garncarz, (970) 403-6186, jeremy_garncarz@tws.org