Conservation Groups representing millions of Americans reach out to House Natural Resources Leadership

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A letter was delivered to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee signed by the Directors and President's of more than 40 conservation groups engaged in protecting America's public lands.

Part of the letter read:

"Dear Chairman Hastings, and Ranking Member Markey,

On behalf of the millions of Americans who care about our public lands, we write in support of the Department of Interior’s commitment to its multiple-use mission as elucidated in Secretarial Order 3310. Conservation has always been central to this mission. Conservation of wilderness signals our national commitment to conservation of our public lands, clean waters, healthy wildlife, and cultural and historic resources.

Secretarial Order 3310 reverses the flawed, unilateral decision by former Secretary Norton and the state of Utah that affected millions of acres of public land and effectively silenced the voices of millions of Americans. By issuing this Order, the Administration recognizes its legal requirement to comply with existing law regarding the identification and protection of wilderness quality lands. Furthermore, it restores the voice of the American people, who again have a public process to participate in that encourages and supports open dialogue about wilderness on our public lands...."

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