Praise for bipartisan support of the nation’s treasured public lands

Feb 15, 2017

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, Colorado

John Fielder
Wilderness Society applauds Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

The Wilderness Society praised a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that expresses the sense of Congress that “America’s Federal public lands are national treasures that belong to all Americans and which should be maintained for future generations.”

The resolution was introduced today by Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

“This is welcome affirmation that defending our nation’s wild public lands is a long-standing, bipartisan value embraced by Americans in every corner of the country,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.  “We’re very grateful to Congressmen Reichert, Lowenthal and Grijalva for introducing this resolution.”

Among the benefits cited by the resolution, the nation’s public lands:

  • Support thousands of jobs in gateway communities across the country,
  • Provide diverse outdoor recreation opportunities,
  • Preserve invaluable habitat for fish and wildlife,
  • Provide world-class hunting and fishing opportunities,
  • Contain places of cultural and religious significance to American Indians and Alaska Natives, and
  • Provide priceless wilderness and solitude.

The Wilderness Society and its supporters will continue to fiercely defend these public lands from efforts to sell them or transfer ownership or management to states where the lands would be subject to indiscriminate mining, drilling and logging.

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 one million 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.