Elected Officials From 7 Western States Sign Group Letter Thank Salazar for Wild Lands Policy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

67 elected officials from Arizona, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming signed a letter of support for Secretarial Order 3310 that was announced in December.

The group of state leaders recognize that "Wild lands provide an important economic engine in the West and across the entire United States – visitors come from around the nation and world to visit our prized landscapes and tourism has remained a reliable economic driver for generations. In fact, activities like hunting, hiking, camping, skiing and fishing support nearly 6.5 million jobs in the United States, and provide a $730 billion annual contribution to the United States economy.1 Protecting the lands that sustain this income is common sense..."