House Candidate Schwartz Commits to Support of Public Lands
National Wildlife Federation Seeks Bipartisan Endorsement of Keeping Public Lands Public
(Oct. 27, 2016) – The National Wildlife Federation announced Thursday that Gail
Schwartz, the challenger in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District
race, has officially endorsed its statement of principles that seeks support
from political leaders to keep public lands in public hands.
National 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 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns, as well as the
other presidential candidates, seeking the same commitments.
National Wildlife Federation has yet to receive a response from the campaign of Scott
the incumbent in the 3rd District, but will continue seeking one.
and conservation organizations stress the importance of bipartisan support for
public lands. A small but vocal group of lawmakers at the state and federal
levels is trying to dismantle the public-lands heritage built over more than a
century by Americans from across the political spectrum.
America’s public lands shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Our public-lands heritage
was built by leaders of both parties. People of all backgrounds enjoy our
national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, waterways and backcountry,” said Collin
O’Mara, president and CEO of
the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. “Working to protect
our public-lands legacy and all it contributes to our nation’s economy, health
and well-being is a great antidote for the divisiveness that has afflicted
politics and our public discourse.”
Colorado, public lands help drive an outdoor recreation
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.
amid the controversy over public lands, state lawmakers this year passed a law
creating an annual Colorado Public Lands
lot of us live in Colorado for the hiking, rafting, fishing, hunting, skiing,
camping and the chance to see wildlife, from bighorn sheep to herds of elk
streaming over hills,” said Bill Dvorak,
the National Wildlife Federation’s public-lands organizer and Colorado’s first
licensed rafting outfitter. “A majority of Coloradans spend time out on public
lands. What we have here is special and we need political leaders to work with
us to keep it that way by defeating attempts to sell or remove public lands
from public hands.”
more 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.