FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Kris Deutschman
September 6, 2023 C: 970.670.0193
Durango, CO – In response to today’s announcement by the White House proposing sweeping protections for America’s Arctic including a proposed rule for the Western Arctic, Brian Sybert, executive director of the Conservation Lands Foundation, released the following statement:
“The Western Arctic is an area that holds tremendous value for wildlife, Native communities, and the overall climate resiliency of the region. We’re in strong support of the Biden-Harris Administration and the Interior Department taking this important step forward.
“The Conservation Lands Foundation has long recognized this 22-million acre remote parcel of public land in the Western Arctic as a national treasure and that we must manage it for the conservation of wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolverines, caribou, and avian life that is unmatched. We encourage the American public to engage in the public process for the proposed protections and demonstrate strong support for protecting the natural and cultural values that make the Western Arctic a national treasure.
“For over a decade, the Conservation Lands Foundation has worked to protect the Western Arctic. We are grateful to see the Biden-Harris Administration taking bold action to protect this treasured arctic landscape.”