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Confirm Haaland nomination

To continue to enjoy the wild places we love, we need to conserve these places and the wildlife they support. That’s why I support the nomination of Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary, to ensure that our public lands and waterways are safe and healthy for our families to enjoy and to ensure more people have access to the outdoors. Rep. Haaland has worked to expand access for Indigenous communities and communities of color. Last year, she was a champion for the Great American Outdoors Act and introduced the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act which would make the outdoors more accessible while creating jobs. She also introduced the Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature, with a goal of protecting 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030. These conservation measures are identified as critical to protect public lands and slow the effects of climate change. In fact, a recent executive order signed by President Biden sets a goal of protecting 30 percent of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030.

Despite their increasing popularity, our public lands are in danger — from climate change, forest fires, and backlogs of maintenance. Sen. Joe Manchin and his colleagues should swiftly confirm Rep. Haaland’s nomination so she can bring her advocacy and passion for conserving our beloved public lands to ensure that generations to come can continue to enjoy them.

Karen L. Yarnell

Marietta

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