House Challenger Carroll Supports Public Lands Principles
Morgan Carroll, Challenger in 6th District, Endorses Keeping Public Lands Public
a candidate in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, has formally
endorsed a statement of principles in support of keeping public lands
public, the National Wildlife Federation said today.
Wildlife Federation and its state affiliates have asked congressional and
legislative candidates across the nation, if they are elected, to oppose
large-scale sales or transfers of public lands or attempts to undermine the
management of lands that belong to all Americans. Forty-two sportsmen’s
organizations from across the country, including the Colorado Wildlife
Federation and the National Wildlife Federation, also sent letters to the
and Donald Trump
campaigns, as well as the other presidential candidates, seeking the same
Wildlife Federation has yet to receive a response from, the
campaign of Mike Coffman, the incumbent in the 6thrd District,
but will continue to seek one.
network of public lands is quintessentially an American heritage that provides
us all with abundant natural resources,
unparalleled yet affordable recreation opportunities, large connected
landscapes and habitats, and a chance to experience a semblance of the frontier
that helped define us as a people,” according to the statement of principles
written by the sportsmen’s and conservation groups.
support for public lands is essential in the face of efforts by a small but
vocal group of lawmakers at the state and federal levels to dismantle our
public-lands heritage, which was built over more than a century by Americans
from across the political spectrum.
bruising, contentious election shows, we all need to make the effort to come
together and focus on what unites us. America’s public lands are a good
starting point. Our public lands, which are open to people of all backgrounds
and means, embody important goals: commitment to equality, responsible
stewardship of our natural resources and concern for wildlife. We’re calling on
all our elected representatives to keep those goals in mind while honoring the
public-lands heritage that was established by people of all political views,”
said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National
Wildlife Federation Action Fund.
public lands help drive an outdoor
recreation industry that annually generates $34.5 billion in economic
activity and supports 313,000 jobs. A bipartisan
poll released earlier this year by Colorado College found that 77 percent
of Colorado voters believe national public lands contribute to the state
economy and a majority of voters of all affiliations say a candidate’s stance
on conservation matters.
And amid the
controversy over public lands, state lawmakers this year passed a law creating
an annual Colorado
Public Lands Day.
understandably proud of where they live and value the wide range of activities
they can take part in on public lands. From the mountains to the sagebrush
steppe to the grasslands, our public lands draw people from across the country
and even the world. They define us as Coloradans and, more importantly, as
Americans,” said Bill Dvorak, the National Wildlife Federation’s
public-lands organizer and Colorado’s first licensed rafting outfitter. “
about the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund at NWFActionFund.org.
The National Wildlife Federation
Action Fund is the 501(c) 4 grassroots organization. NWF Action
Fund is an organization that advocates for the conservation interests of
hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political
stripes. We are committed to encouraging participation in the democratic
process and inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. www.nwfactionfund.org.