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Statement of The Wilderness Society’s Paul Spitler on Senate Passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009
WASHINGTON - March 19 - Today's action clears the most significant hurdle to protecting some of the country's most cherished landscapes. This legislation is the most important conservation measure in a decade.
The Senate shows great vision in making this bill a priority. These wonderful landscapes are under tremendous pressure, and their value to local communities and to all Americans who treasure our natural heritage will remain long after the country has recovered from the economic crisis.
We remain concerned that the Izembek provision is included in this otherwise stellar legislation and will continue to work to ensure that this valuable and unique wilderness and wildlife resource remains protected.
Senators Bingaman and Reid deserve our thanks and the gratitude of the American people for their continued leadership in advancing this landmark legislation.
Other Wilderness Society contacts:
Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel: Sally Miller, 415-518-7679 California Desert, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Sam Goldman, 202-744-3809
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, Dminguez Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park/Indian Peaks: Steve Smith, 303-650-5818 x106
Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands: Craig Gehrke, 208-867-9970
Beaver Basin Wilderness: Jeremy Garncarz, 970-247-8788
Sabinoso Wilderness: Deanna Archuleta, 505-217-8705
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Copper Salmon Wilderness, Lewis and Clark Mt. Hood Wilderness, Oregon Badlands Wilderness Act, Spring Basin Wilderness Act: Bob Freimark, 541-979-2843.
Wild Monongahela Act: Matt Keller, 970-247-8788
Virginia Ridge and Valley Act: Matt Keller, 970-247-8788
Washington County Growth and Conservation Act: Suzanne Jones, 303-650-5818 x 102
Wyoming Range Legacy Act: Steff Kessler, 307-332-3462
Izembek National Wildlife Refuge: Maribeth Oakes, 202-429-2674 or Nicole Whittington-Evans, 907-272-1670
NATIONAL LANDSCAPE CONSERVATION SYSTEM ACT
Kevin Mack, 202-454-2524
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