Washington, DC -
03/22/2012 - Mike Matz, director of Pew’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness, issued the following statement praising the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests for holding a hearing today on legislation to safeguard 184,200 acres as wilderness in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. So far in the 112th Congress, Senate subcommittees have heard 13 wilderness bills.
“These pieces of legislation—sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans—were crafted with local participation and supported by the affected communities. From Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, which are among the most geologically diverse in the world, to Oregon’s Rogue River, an internationally recognized fishing and boating destination, these are special wild places treasured by millions of Americans.
“Wilderness drives local economies, improves quality of life, and keeps water and air clean and healthy. We want to thank the members of Congress who continue to work to protect more of these areas, and we look forward to seeing these bills move toward enactment.”