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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Poliquin Supports Land and Water Conservation Fund

September 16, 2015
Press Release
Maine Has A Long and Proud Tradition of Supporting The Environment

WASHINGTON – Today, Maine’s Second District Congressman, Bruce Poliquin, wrote to House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman, Rob Bishop, urging him to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

In the letter, Congressman Bruce Poliquin wrote, “Maine is home to some of our Nation’s most breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and pristine environments.  These irreplaceable features truly make our home unique, and it is important that they are preserved.

“You can rest assured that I am a strong supporter of private property rights and the ability of our citizens to responsibly snowmobile, hunt, fish, camp, and hike, while also protecting jobs supported by this land.”

The following is the text of the letter:

September 16, 2015

Chairman Robert Bishop
House Committee on Natural Resources
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Bishop,

As you know, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is due to expire at the end of this month.  This program has provided important funding to Maine, along with a number of other states, contributing to the preservation and exhibition of some of our Nation’s most unique natural beauties and resources.

Maine has a long and proud tradition of caring for and maintaining our State’s environment, vibrant outdoor habitat, and recreational resources.   Maine is home to some of our Nation’s most breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and pristine environments.  These irreplaceable features truly make our home unique, and it is important that they are preserved.

As an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus, and the representative of thousands of adventurous constituents in our Second District, one of my priorities is to protect our outdoors and to ensure that it can be enjoyed by Mainers and the millions of people who visit Maine annually.

I believe that an extension to the LWCF is important to protecting Maine’s outdoors.   For years, it has provided our State with the resources needed to facilitate and maintain our outdoor parks and recreation sites, and to incentivize land owners to have proper land management plans. It is also critical that these conservation efforts, which have served Mainers’ interests for decades, do not negatively affect our families, communities and businesses.  You can rest assured that I am a strong supporter of private property rights and the ability of our citizens to responsibly snowmobile, hunt, fish, camp, and hike, while also protecting jobs supported by this land.  It is vital that these conservation policies do not infringe on private citizens and small business owners.

I hope that you and our colleagues on the House Natural Resources Committee make sure this important program is reauthorized.  I ask that you bear in mind both the need to protect our environment and the need to ensure that our businesses, families and communities have the opportunity to grow without unnecessary and burdensome federal policies.

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