It is time for Congress to prioritize #WildernessNOW and move a bipartisan, consensus package on public lands forward before the end of the year.

The #WildernessNOW petition 

For more than a century, public land conservation has been an American tradition. Across Presidents ranging from Teddy Roosevelt, to Bill Clinton, to George H.W. Bush, Republican and Democratic leaders alike prioritized safeguarding our country’s crown jewels for the benefit of future generations. Protected public lands provide places to hunt, fish, hike, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors; help boost local economies and drive the growing outdoor industry; and conserve clean drinking water and wildlife habitat. President Ronald Reagan alone designated over 12.5 million acres of protected public lands during his presidency.

Over the next few months, Congress once again has an opportunity to continue our nation’s heritage of conservation. Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Republican Congressman John Curtis have introduced a bill that would preserve nearly 540,000 acres of the San Rafael Swell in Emery County, Utah as wilderness, designate 63 miles of the Green River as Wild and Scenic, and establish a new Jurassic National Monument on a site that boasts one of the greatest concentrations of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones in the world. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) along with Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) have introduced legislation, in both the House and Senate, to designate nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. This would preserve important watersheds and habitat for native brook trout, black bear, bobcat, grey fox, and white-tailed deer, and would protect popular migratory, breeding, and wintering habitat for numerous bird species.

These Utah and Tennessee examples are just two of many bills – from California to Oregon to New Mexico to Arkansas that have advanced in the House and Senate and that, combined, would protect over 1.3 million acres of wilderness across the country—if passed this year. It is imperative that our leaders prioritize these pieces of legislation over the next couple of months.

As a Conservative college student who cares about continuing the American legacy of public land conservation, I pledge my support to my elected leaders in the House and Senate and urge them to move a consensus package on public lands forward before the end of the year.

It is time for Congress to prioritize #WildernessNOW.

Signed,

Oklahoma Federation of College Republicans, representing College Republicans across sixteen chapters.

Sheridan Nolen, Chairperson

Oregon Federation of College Republicans, representing College Republicans across nine chapters.

George Eccarius, Chairman

Utah Federation of College Republicans, representing College Republicans across four chapters.

Grayson Massey, Chairman

University of Massachusetts at Amherst College Republicans

Nick Consolini, President

Amherst, Massachusetts

Le Moyne College Republicans

Nicholas Lindquist, President

Syracuse, New York

Marist College Republicans

Joseph Perrotta, President

Poughkeepsie, New York

North Dakota State University College Republicans

Sydney Arends, President

Fargo, North Dakota

University of Dayton College Republicans

Tom Ferrall, President

Dayton, Ohio

Xavier University College Republicans

Cole Branham, President

Cincinatti, Ohio

Temple University College Republicans

Karly Matthews, Secretary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bethel University College Republicans

Jonathan Williams, President

McKenzie, Tennessee

Bringham Young University College Republicans

Tyler Clancy, President

Provo, Utah

Southern Utah University College Republicans

Porter Crofts, President

Cedar City, Utah

University of Utah College Republicans

Frances Floresca, President

Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Valley University College Republicans

Luke Searle, President

Orem, Utah

Bridgewater College Republicans

Jacob Neff, Founder

Bridgewater, Virginia

Bridgewater College Republicans

Haley Garnett, President

Bridgewater, Virginia

Jacob Ginn

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

Christian Stone

Ecclesia College

Springdale, Arkansas

Nick Steinwender

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

Rhaaghav Kanodia

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

J.B. Martinez

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Ryan Gardiner

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Spencer McLaughlin

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

Ellie Hicks

Georgia College and State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Landon Jones

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Patrick Wool

Benedictine College

Atchison, Kansas

Alexander Dwyer

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas


Sam Salts

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Mitch Conor

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Ana McMullen

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Miller Bath

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Richard Cullen, Secretary

University of Massachusetts at Amherst College Republicans

Amherst, Massachusetts

Alexandra McCandless

University of Massachusetts at Amherst College Republicans

Amherst, Massachusetts

Thomas Cummings

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Jakub Polanowski

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

Lauren Mann

Central Methodist University

Fayette, Missouri

Corbin Robinson

Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

Dalton Archer

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Jonathan Hardy

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Hannah Hapeman

Keuka College

Keuka Park, New York

Kimberly Reid

Keuka College

Keuka Park, New York

Michaela Martin

Keuka College

Keuka Park, New York

Aubrie Liddell

Keuka College

Keuka Park, New York

Nicky Vassello

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Caleb Tolin

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

Daniel Pearce

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

Andrew Hamalainen

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

William Jameson

University of Jamestown College Republicans

Jamestown, North Dakota

Sophia Miller

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, Ohio

Tiffany Roberts

Cleveland State University

Cleveland, Ohio

Tyler Gillette

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

Lily Hutkowski

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Amy Dishion

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Lilian Gael

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

John Koval

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, Pennsylvania

Morgan Bailey

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Miah Byrd

University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Matthew Faugl

University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina

Katie Dunnock

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, Virginia

Camden Bendickson

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

Adrian Arcoleo

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Madison, Wisconsin