This marks a major milestone in the effort to identify appropriate development areas for renewable energy projects in California, while ensuring the conservation of critical natural resources and wildlife habitat.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement in response to legislation introduced today by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress has failed to reauthorize, effectively ending the 50-year-old program:
“Today's announcement of a bipartisan budget agreement is a welcome development after a long partisan standoff over how to fund federal programs in the coming year,” said Alan Rowsome of The Wilderness Society.
Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Conservation Lands were established in 2000 to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant lands recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values.