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Calling on Conservation's Bipartisan Traditions

Conservation groups believe unity is possible in efforts to protect public lands, including Virginia's George Washington National Forest. (Wild Virginia)
Conservation groups believe unity is possible in efforts to protect public lands, including Virginia's George Washington National Forest. (Wild Virginia)
November 14, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. — Conservation groups are speaking out now that the election is over, calling for bipartisan action on issues affecting the environment, in Virginia and across the country.

Collin O’Mara, president and CEP of the National Wildlife Federation, said his organization sees public land and its diverse wildlife as this country's heritage and legacy - and protecting them is something he believes all sides can agree on.

"These natural resource issues really aren't Republican or Democratic issues, they're simply American issues, and we can play a small role in showing that government institutions can function and hopefully do a little bit of work on trying to heal some of the divide,” O’Mara said. "Conservation could be a good place to start some of those conversations."

He said he'd like to see a continued emphasis on keeping public lands open and accessible for pursuits like hunting, fishing, hiking and bird watching that also benefit local economies. And he hopes the new administration recognizes the benefits of clean energy and a vibrant outdoor economy - and that these priorities can coexist.

"The gains that have been made in this country because of things like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act are the envy of the world,” O’Mara said. "Americans have seen health outcomes go up at the same time we've seen GDP go up. We've proven that we can have a strong environment and a healthy economy at the same time."

For instances, he thinks there is potential for both parties to work together on better practices to fight wildfires so they don't choke the air with smoke as often, and on reevaluating the ethanol mandate, which he says has led to a significant reduction in grasslands, wetlands and forests.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA