Warner Will Leave Strong Conservation Legacy

Greatest legislative accomplishment may still be ahead

08-31-2007 // Christine Dorsey

Statement by Larry J. Schweiger
President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation Regarding Sen. John Warner's announcement that he will not seek another term

RESTON, VA -- "The National Wildlife Federation wishes to honor Sen. John Warner, R-VA, for his long and distinguished service on behalf of wildlife and people. His greatest legislative accomplishment may still be ahead.

"Senator Warner is poised to end his nearly 30-year Senate career tackling the biggest challenge of our time: global warming.

"This year, Senator Warner has taken a leadership role to advance legislation to address global warming as a national security priority. He has recently outlined a bi-partisan proposal with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that would reduce the pollution causing global warming and provide resources to help protect the Chesapeake Bay and other fish and wildlife habitat from climate change. The two senators lead a Senate subcommittee that can advance action on this critical issue this Congress.

"Senator Warner has also been a national leader on state-based wildlife protection. This spring, he received an award in recognition of his participation with the State Wildlife Grants Program, the nation's core wildlife protection program. The award was presented by the National Wildlife Federation, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and National Audubon on behalf of the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition, a national coalition of 5,000 conservation-minded organizations and businesses working to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.

"Senator Warner will leave a legacy of wildlife protections that future generations will value for decades to come. And his leadership on global warming will help transform the nation's energy future and protect wildlife and people.

"America's conservation movement has been well-served by Senator Warner. We look forward to the good work he will complete before he retires and wish him well when he returns to private life."

Immediate Release

Jeremy Symons, executive director, global warming campaign: 202-939-3311
Adam Kolton, director, congressional and legislative affairs: 202-797-6636
Corry Westbrook, legislative director: 202-797-6840
Christine Dorsey, communications manager, 703-470-6689