Stop the assault on public lands

July 24, 2018
As Oregonians, our state’s natural heritage is a key part of our identity. From snow-capped peaks and high deserts to dynamic rivers & coastline, we are fortunate to have special places to explore and experience. 
Now, more than ever, we need to fight to keep them public.
We are witnessing attack after attack on our country’s natural treasures. Even our own Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is under threat with efforts to strip protections from public lands, including the executive order “reviewing” National Monuments’ designations. It’s absolutely shameful.
Our public lands should not be sold off to the highest bidder. In our America, public lands should be kept in public hands. This is our heritage. 
That’s why I’ve worked with my colleagues to introduce legislation to:
• Defend our national monuments,
• Stop drilling where it’s not appropriate, and
• Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Congress should pass these bills now.
Then it needs to step up and do more to protect our special and wild places for generations to come. We should be expanding protections for wildlife habitat, water quality, outdoor recreation, and cultural resources, not diminishing them. 
I will not stand by and allow these attacks to continue. Public lands make our country unique and are an important resource in the face of climate disruption. Congress has a responsibility to maintain, protect, and enhance them––for us and for generations to come. 
I will do everything I can to keep our public lands in public hands.
Earl Blumenauer