DeFazio ‘One of Congress’ All-Time Greatest Champions for Wildlife, Public Lands, Healthy Waterways’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Peter A. DeFazio, who announced today his plan to retire, deserves boundless thanks for his 36 years of service to the people of Oregon and our nation. The National Wildlife Federation heralded his nearly four decades of work ensuring that public lands and waters endure for future generations and can sustain healthy fish and wildlife.

“Chairman DeFazio is one of Congress’ all-time greatest champions for wildlife, public lands, and healthy waterways — and a true friend of the National Wildlife Federation. One of his first acts as a member of the House was to secure funding to restore the West Eugene Wetlands, and just last month he shepherded a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill — which included essential investments in natural infrastructure — to President Biden’s desk,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Thanks to Chairman DeFazio the bipartisan infrastructure package included $350 million for wildlife crossings and other critical investments in water and natural climate solutions. We are all indebted to Chairman DeFazio for his leadership and congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement after a career of commitment to wild places, the wildlife that call them home, and tireless work on behalf of public health and safety. 

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