Statement from William H. Meadows on U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s charge to Congress for wilderness bills:
“Secretary Salazar’s call on Congress to pass wilderness bills comes at a critical moment when some in Congress, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Senator John Barrasso, have declared that it’s open season on our open spaces.
“Congress should stop that assault and heed Secretary Salazar’s call to protect more of our wild places. These bi-partisan wilderness bills have broad community support on-the-ground, and lawmakers should listen to their constituents and make these measures law.
“Still, President Obama and Secretary Salazar cannot rely solely on Congress to protect our public lands. The administration should work with local communities to create national monuments by using the Antiquities Act and other tools, including administrative protections, as recommended in the America’s Great Outdoors report. We need both Congress and the administration to act to protect our wild places.”
To view wilderness bills primed for passage this Congress that The Wilderness Society supports, please visit: http://wilderness.org/content/112th-congress-and-wildlands.