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LCV Statement on Interior Secretary Salazar’s Wilderness Announcement

WASHINGTON – League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s memo addressing how the Bureau of Land Management intends to manage wilderness-quality lands in light of a rider included in the 2011 Continuing Resolution that prohibited funding for the Interior Department’s Wild Lands Policy:

“Though anti-conservation Members of Congress are responsible for blocking funding for wild lands protection, we are disappointed by this announcement.  Secretary Salazar needs to recognize—as he did when issuing the Wild Lands Policy—that his department is responsible not just for inventorying America’s pristine lands but also for protecting them for the benefit of future generations.  We will continue working with Congress and the Administration to protect America’s unspoiled landscapes for future generations before those lands are shortsightedly and irreversibly industrialized by oil companies and other developers.”