Western Caucus Members Unveil Blueprint for Conservation
Western Conservation Principles to serve as alternative to Biden's '30 by 30' initiative
Washington, October 5, 2021 | Elizabeth Daniels (202-280-8720)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Western Caucus and Senate Western Caucus Members revealed a holistic, outcome-based conservation proposal titled, “Western Conservation Principles.” The proposal, which serves as an alternative to the Biden Administration’s "30 by 30 initiative" and America the Beautiful report, is a blueprint for responsible, effective conservation supported by rural communities across the United States.
Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines (MT) released the following joint statement:
“In the West, we know firsthand that locking up lands with preservationist designations does not automatically guarantee healthy landscapes. In fact, the opposite is often the case. The Western Conservation Principles demonstrate that conservation and working lands go hand-in-hand. If the Administration is serious about restoring America the Beautiful, they will embrace Western Conservation Principles and promote these time-tested, science-based practices we know equate to real conservation outcomes for our lands and waters.”
The Western Conservation Principles were introduced with the support of Congressional Western Caucus Vice Chairs Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Pete Stauber (MN-08), John Curtis (UT-03), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Liz Cheney (WY-AL), Mark Amodei (NV-02), and Garret Graves (LA-06) as well as Western Caucus Members Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Yvette Herrell (NM-02), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Blake Moore (UT-01), Adrian Smith (NE-03), Tom Tiffany (WI-07), Jay Obernolte (CA-08), Mike Bost (IL-12), Ralph Norman (SC-05), David Joyce (OH-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), Rick Crawford (AR-01), Cliff Bentz (OR-02), Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL), Fred Keller (PA-12), and David Valadao (CA-21).
Senate Western Caucus Members leading the introduction include Senators John Barrasso (WY), Cynthia Lummis (WY), Mike Crapo (ID), Jim Risch (ID), James Lankford (OK), Jerry Moran (KS), Mitt Romney (UT), John Hoeven (ND), Deb Fischer (NE), John Cornyn (TX), and Dan Sullivan (AK).
Western Conservation Principles have garnered endorsements from the following groups: American Exploration and Mining Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest Research Council, American Sheep Industry, Family Farm Alliance, National Association of Counties, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition, National Mining Association, National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, Public Lands Council, Western Energy Alliance