Durango, CO–The Conservation Lands Foundation’s government affairs director David Feinman issued the following statement on today’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included critical amendments protecting public lands.

“Through the thicket of amendments to the NDAA came a big step forward for everyone who needs and loves nature: protections for millions of acres of public lands in Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona. 

“These amendments will ensure greater access to public lands for underserved communities, protect areas that are sacred to Indigenous peoples, mitigate climate change, and help rural outdoor recreation economies thrive across the West.

“We applaud the steadfast leadership of Chairman Raul Grijalva, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congressman Joe Neguse, and all of the conservation champions in the House for securing amendments to protect more than 1.3 million acres of protected wilderness and designating more than 1,000 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

“We urge the Senate to keep these amendments, which serve as a down payment on the effort to protect 30% of America’s lands by 2030 and fulfill President Biden’s America the Beautiful vision, in the final NDAA that is sent to the President’s desk.”

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