The Wilderness Society Outlines Priorities for Protecting America's Public Lands During the Trump Administration

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In wake of the election, The Wilderness Society outlines plans to strengthen the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the nation's natural heritage, addressing conservation, climate change and energy priorities.

Public lands allow Americans to explore the great outdoors.

Salmon Challis National Forest

Public lands are America's common ground and a critical part of the climate solution. President-elect Trump’s administration should continue the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the lands, water and wildlife that all Americans share.

Preparing for a Trump administration in 2017, The Wilderness Society outlined priorities for continuing the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the nation's natural heritage.

“Public lands are America's common ground and a critical part of the climate solution," said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.

"President-elect Trump’s administration should continue the bi-partisan tradition of protecting the lands, water and wildlife that all Americans share."

The Wilderness Society's top priority with the incoming administration will be to defend public lands, and that includes preventing America's parks, forests and refuges from being sold or closed to the public. President-elect Trump himself has said he will oppose any effort to sell off public lands. The Wilderness Society will hold him accountable for his commitment to keeping public lands intact.

The Wilderness Society will advocate for public lands’ role in growing a clean energy economy and defend fundamental conservation laws like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Wilderness Act and the Antiquities Act.

In the immediate weeks ahead, The Wilderness Society will focus on ensuring that the Obama administration and Congress finalize critical conservation gains that in many cases have been years in the making and enjoy strong public support.

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of the nation's shared national lands. http://www.wilderness.org.

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