America’s Crown Jewels Are Worth Protecting

New DOI report highlights the nation’s valuable wild places

11-10-2011 // Mekell Mikell

The Department of Interior recently released its Crown Jewels report, which recommends Congress designate certain public lands as national conservation or wilderness protection areas. 

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Preserving America’s beauty through public lands is something that makes our country special,” said Todd Keller, senior manager for public lands campaigns for the National Wildlife Federation.  “Many of these areas identified in DOI’s report boast broad support from recreation interests, members of congress from both parties, local citizens and local elected officials.  This announcement is a win for wildlife, a win for sportsmen, and a win for jobs in the recreation economy.”

The National Wildlife Federations is greatly encouraged by the release of the Crown Jewels report and urges federal lawmakers to take action and pass legislation to safeguard these special places. The San Juan Mountains, which are listed for protection by the Department of Interior, are a key example of a beautiful backcountry area prized by sportsmen and women around the country. The public lands listed in the report provide economic benefits, recreation and opportunities for people to connect with nature in communities throughout the United States.

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