It is a unique time for the Western Caucus in its over two decade history. The Caucus was born in the West, founded to promote rural values and preserve our uniquely American way of life. But over time the Caucus has grown beyond the West, allying with Members of Congress from all across the country who share our values and our vision of a stronger America. As the Caucus has grown in numbers, we have also grown our influence in Washington, where federal overreach over our land, water, and natural resources is at an all-time high.
The Western Caucus is committed to protecting private property rights, strengthening local control, fostering economic growth, preserving multiple-use of public land and increasing energy independence. We believe economic growth and conservation are not mutually exclusive goals and can be accomplished by promoting balanced, common-sense reforms.
Our principles are based on the idea that stewardship of our environment and natural resources is best accomplished by those on the ground. The people who depend on the land to provide security for their families and communities understand that land best. Those closest to the land are most equipped to manage that land and its resources. The hard work and collaboration towards stewardship solutions that we see on the ground every day is our most effective conservation model and one that the Caucus will support and protect.