The Wilderness Society issued the following statement in response to legislation introduced today by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) regarding the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress has failed to reauthorize, effectively ending the 50-year-old program:
“Today's announcement of a bipartisan budget agreement is a welcome development after a long partisan standoff over how to fund federal programs in the coming year,” said Alan Rowsome of The Wilderness Society.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement today regarding expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s most important conservation and recreation program that has enhanced and created parks and outdoor opportunities for more than 50 years:
ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE * CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY * DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE * FRIENDS OF ALASKA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES * LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS * NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY * NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ASSOCIATION * SIERRA CLUB * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Two new efforts to undermine ongoing planning efforts to conserve sage brush habitat and block protections that may be needed for the greater sage grouse have come out of Congress in the past two weeks.
Lawmakers are bowing to special interest groups, attempting to forward the sale or transfer of public lands including wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and national forests to state and local governments.