ConservAmerica applauds the decision by key Congressional Republicans to form a new bicameral Republican caucus to support conservation and environmental stewardship. The Roosevelt Conservation Caucus pays homage to the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States who helped create our national tradition of protecting special areas for public enjoyment.
The caucus will be co-chaired in the Senate by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Cory Gardner of Colorado. On the House side, Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York and Brian Mast of Florida will lead the caucus.
“The concept of a Republican conservation caucus has percolated for several years,” ConservAmerica Chairwoman Nan Hayworth said. “Jim Gerlach, while representing his Pennsylvania district, brought together a group of 14 House members to discuss it. It picked up steam on Inauguration Day in 2016 when Reps. Stivers and Fortenberry discussed it with ConservAmerica’s leadership team. However, it took two well-known conservation-minded Republican businessmen – Andrew Sabin and Trammell S. Crow – and the fast-growing American Conservation Coalition to make it happen.”
ConservAmerica and the American Conservation Coalition have worked together with the co-chairs of the new caucus to generate congressional support for conservation efforts and the formation of the caucus.
“I want to thank Sens. Graham and Gardner and Reps. Stefanik and Mast for their leadership on conservation issues and their commitment to advancing smart, balanced policies ensuring all Americans have access to our public lands while respecting the economic needs of states and local communities,” said Rob Sisson, president of ConservAmerica.
Sabin, chairman of Sabin Metals, said the caucus would provide conservatives with a platform to showcase their good work on conservation.
“I’ve spent the last two years discussing environmental issues with Republicans in Congress. The popular perception is Republicans don’t care about the environment, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. The caucus will provide the structure where members can discuss innovative solutions to problems free from partisan attacks,” Sabin said.
Crow, a real estate investor and the founder of EarthX, which is held in Dallas, Texas every April, agreed. “EarthX is the world’s largest environmental exposition and gathering. Pulling that off in the heart of deep-red Texas proves that conservatives do care about conservation and the environment,” Crow said.
Passage of the Natural Resource Management Act, the most significant public lands and conservation legislation in a generation, is evidence of Republicans support for conservation and good governance solutions to environmental challenges. ConservAmerica welcomes the new caucus and looks forward to working with its members on legislation to improve Americans’ enjoyment of their public lands, including addressing the $13 billion backlog in national parks and public lands maintenance.