FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lauren Aronson
January 18, 2019
(Washington, D.C.) – The Partnership for Conservation (P4C) Executive Director Robert Ramsay issued the following statement in response to the introduction of S. 170, legislation that would turn back the clock on decades of successful conservation efforts:
“At a time when more than 6,000 acres of open land are lost each day to development, government dollars for conservation are dwindling and bipartisan lawmakers are looking for ways to address the threats of climate change and ensure a healthy balance between economic growth and our environment. Congress should be encouraging more Americans to protect our green spaces and natural habitats. Unfortunately, this legislation, just like its previously stalled variations, would do the exact opposite.
“Conservation partnerships have helped protect hundreds of thousands of acres in perpetuity. Taking this critically important tool out of our conservation toolbox, as this legislation aims to do, will lead to less land being conserved – an environmental challenge neither political party can afford to ignore.
“There is a better way, one that allows us to preserve and strengthen conservation partnerships, leveraging the power of the private sector to save taxpayer dollars and protect our precious lands over the long-term.
“P4C will continue to work with policymakers and stakeholders on legislative solutions that address concerns about appraiser overvaluation while continuing to uphold Congress’ intent of promoting conservation, not limiting it.”
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