House passes historic cuts to conservation

Feb 19, 2011

Fight to protect wild lands moves to local districts over congressional recess, then on to the Senate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed devastating cuts to conservation programs that endanger both our economic and public health. The move came as part of the bill (continuing resolution, also known as H.R. 1) to keep the government running through the rest of fiscal year 2011. The fight now moves to local districts over the congressional recess, where members of Congress will hear from the American people about the damage these cuts would cause at the local level. Then the Senate will consider these cuts and have the opportunity to save key conservation funding and other domestic priorities from the budget axe.

“The House has passed dangerous cuts across the board to public health, jobs, and wild lands,” said William H. Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society. “This is a historic assault on America’s lands, and it’s a critical moment for people in communities nationwide to stand up for our wild lands, and the benefits they provide for our economy and for public health. We look forward to working with the Senate to undo the terrible damage done by the House this week.”

Learn more: For a wealth of commentary and quotes on a wide range of issues discussed during the House debate, visit the live blog that The Wilderness Society ran throughout the proceedings.