The Wilderness Society Commends the Conservation Achievements of President Obama and Secretary Jewell

Apr 19, 2016

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaking at National Geographic Society

Meghan Barker, The Wilderness Society
Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society, commented on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's speech today at the National Geographic Society:

“It’s a lasting and fitting tribute to Secretary Jewell and President Obama that they have conserved so many treasured places valued by Americans across the nation. 

“Enjoyment of the parks, wildlands and historic sites offered by our shared public lands is one of the freedoms we cherish as Americans.  The Every Kid in a Park program ensures that this rich natural heritage is accessible for future generations.  New national monuments celebrating women, minorities and our diverse cultures have helped to make public lands even more relevant to a greater number of Americans. We urge the President to continue to conserve more of America’s priceless places as national monuments – like Bears Ears in Utah and other culturally significant sites across the United States.” 

We are committed to working with the administration, members of Congress from both parties and local partners to defend against the misguided agenda to sell off our public lands.  We will continue to expand the enduring support for bedrock conservation laws, like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Antiquities Act and the Wilderness Act.”

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.