Congressmen Lowenthal and Reichert Resolution Affirms America’s Federal Lands Are National Treasures Belonging To All Americans

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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2017 | comments
Congressmen Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Dave Reichert (WA-08) today introduced a bipartisan House Resolution that would affirm the sense of Congress that America’s Federal public lands are a “national treasure” that belong to all Americans and should be maintained for future generations.

The resolution details the innumerable positive benefits that public lands provide to the nation. These include thousands of jobs, diverse outdoor recreational activities, and world-class hunting and fishing opportunities.

“Our country’s most important natural places provide many benefits to all Americans, and Congress has the responsibility to oversee the proper management of these lands for generations to come,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “This resolution signifies our continued intention to keep America’s public lands in the public domain for all to enjoy and benefit from.”

The resolution also details the critical role our public lands play in providing habitat for fish and wildlife, helping to maintain our overall ecosystem, and helping to retain many places of cultural and religious significance to Native Americans.

“From Mount Rainier National Park, the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, to the Wenatchee National Forest, our region, our state, and our country are blessed with beautiful feats of nature,” Congressman Reichert said. “As Washington residents we have enjoyed these treasures hiking with our families, taking swims in the lake, and looking out our windowsills at the beautiful landscape. It is our duty to make sure our children and grandchildren are afforded the same experiences and to support our local economies who depend on their natural beauty to attract tourists and visitors from across the globe. We must continue to protect and preserve our federal lands.”

To read the text of the resolution, click here.
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