May 06, 2021

Congressman Neguse Applauds Biden-Harris Commitment to Center Local Voices in Plan to Conserve America’s Lands, Waters and Wildlife

“America the Beautiful” outline includes Congressman Neguse’s Civilian Climate CorpspProposal, his plan to support the ORLP program and his request to center local voices 

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands applauded the Biden-Harris Administration’s outline for “America the Beautiful” an initiative to conserve public lands, invest in our outdoor recreation economy and expand the natural resource workforce, as outlined in Congressman Neguse’s 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps proposal. In March, Congressman Neguse led a letter signed by over 100 House colleagues and 20 Senators asking the Biden-Harris Administration to center local voices in their conservation goals, a request that has been fully incorporated into the “America the Beautiful” plan, as outlined today. Following his election to Chair the House Public Lands Subcommittee, Congressman Neguse has launched a statewide public lands listening tour to hear from local communities about their ideas and experiences with our public lands.  

“In Colorado, public lands are at the heart of our economy, they drive our commitment to sustainability, inspire our values and bring travelers from across the globe to marvel at our state’s beauty,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “As we’ve advocated to protect and conserve our public lands, we’ve worked to ensure that the voices of our local communities and local tribes are central to our policy-making. We applaud the commitment from the Biden-Harris Administration and Secretary Deb Haaland for ensuring that that same principle is reflected in today’s plan. The “America the Beautiful” framework outlined today, again adds support to our 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps proposal, and reiterates the need to increase workforce capacity on our public lands and invest in wildfire resiliency and response. As the Chair of the House Public Lands Subcommittee, I applaud the President’s commitment to preserving our treasured public lands for future generations and building a brighter future for our lands and our communities that we can all enjoy.” 

“This report is only the starting point on the path to fulfilling the conservation vision that President Biden has outlined,” write Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory in the report.  “Where this path leads over the next decade will be determined not by our agencies, but by the ideas and leadership of local communities. It is our job to listen, learn, and provide support along the way to help strengthen economies and pass on healthy lands, waters, and wildlife to the generations to come.” 

The Biden-Harris plan calls for expanding the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program as outlined in Congressman Neguse’s 21st Century Conservation Corps Act and Parks, Jobs & Equity Act. It also again calls to create jobs by investing in restoration through the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps, as outlined in Congressman Neguse’s Civilian Climate Corps Act.