Statement from The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams on the re-election of President Barack Obama..
“We look forward to continuing to work with President Obama to protect our nation’s wild places over the next four years. This is an opportunity for the Obama Administration to take the next steps to protect our great outdoors. From the Organ Mountains in New Mexico to the High Peaks of Western Maine and beyond, this administration has a historic opportunity to protect wild places, and to continue its work to ensure that we strike the right balance between development and conservation on our public lands.
"In the coming weeks Congress will have the same opportunity to protect wild places – there are more than two dozen wilderness designation bills awaiting passage, all of them with strong local support. So far this Congress is the first in nearly 50 years that hasn’t protected a single acre of wilderness. It’s a dubious distinction, and one they have the opportunity to change before this Congress comes to a close.”