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Happy 50th To Two Great Conservation Laws

05 Sep 2014  |   Olivia Noble

Tags: Public Lands

September 3rd marked the 50th Anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Wilderness Act.  The Wilderness Act alone has helped preserve nearly 110 million acres of pristine land while the LWCF has funded over 40,000 projects to preserve open spaces in every single state.  As our country continues to grow and expand in new ways, these laws have ensured that these spaces remain open.  With climate change upon us, these areas are becoming increasingly important, and we have these laws to thank for them.

Our representatives know these conservation laws are important too. Below, we’ve compiled a number of comments from their offices; check out the great geographic reach and wide ranging benefits our members of Congress see in these critical conservation laws.

Many discussed the impacts of these laws on their states

From Senator Mark Udall

“These areas, like so many other iconic Colorado landscapes, are worth protecting. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, let’s all redouble our efforts to safeguard Colorado’s special places and ensure this monumental idea remains as alive today as it was the day it became law.”

Senator Ron Wyden 

Senator Maria Cantwell 

Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Barbara Boxer 

And more from, Sen. Heinrich, Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Ayotte, and Rep. Lujan Grisham

Senator Tom Udall

Others discussed the importance of these wilderness areas as climate change becomes worse:

Senator Ed Markey

“This investment in our country will pay immediate dividends to our economy and our environment and provide an indispensable inheritance for future Americans. It creates an insurance policy against the ravages of climate change. And, as Thoreau suggested, it may just help preserve the world and our place in it.”

For many states, wilderness areas are incredibly important for their outdoor economy:

Senator Pat Leahy

Senator Dianne Feinstein 

And more from Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Leahy, and Rep. Kilmer.

Seriously – everyone knows how important these conservation laws are.  Check out even more statements in support, from Sen. Leahy, Sen. Collins, Sen. Durbin, Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Cardin, Rep. Gallego, Rep. Clarke, Rep. DeLauro, Rep. DelBene, Rep. DeFazio, and Rep. Capps, as well as many more out in the Twitter-verse!  

Photograph from Senator Tom Udall's twitter)

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