Statement on Conservation in the West Poll

Feb 7, 2013
The following statement is from Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society, on the 2013 Conservation in the West Poll:

 

“This poll makes clear that people across the West not only support conservation, but understand the role that it plays in the economic health of the region.  That’s important as we work to put conservation on a more equal footing with energy development on our nation’s public lands. With 59 percent polled supporting "strong standards" to limit drilling near recreation areas, water sources and wildlife, we see strong public backing for taking a more balanced approach -- one which recognizes that our options for energy are many but our options for conservation are limited and dwindling every day.  Conservation must be a critical component of a comprehensive approach to managing our public lands, so that we protect our wildest places for generations to come.”