ConservAmerica chairwoman and former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth released the following statement today in support of the Department of Interior’s decision to relocate the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Grand Junction, Colorado.

“Relocating BLM closer to the people most affected by the agency’s decisions is a sensible solution and has been something Westerners have long sought,” Hayworth said. “More than 90 percent of the nearly 245 million acres BLM manages is west of the Mississippi River. It doesn’t make sense for the bureau to be stuck in the swamp of Washington, D.C.

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ConservAmerica applauds the formation of the bicameral Roosevelt Conservation Caucus for spotlighting Republicans’ longstanding commitment to sound environmental stewardship and conservation.

The new Republican caucus – led by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York and Florida’s Brian Mast – will pursue right-of-center solutions to improve wildlife protection, ensure Americans access to clean air and water and support the transition to a lower-carbon energy future.

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Rep. LaHood announces $5M Award to support conservation of the Illinois River

“Preserving wetlands along the Illinois River is essential to restoring wildlife habitats in the Illinois River Valley and will conserve resources along the River,” stated Rep. LaHood. “As a father of three boys who enjoy the outdoors, this is welcome news for our community. The investment will support economies across Illinois’ 18th Congressional District and I applaud the effort by both the Department of the Interior and private organizations in our community. This will ensure the Illinois River remains a habitable environment for wildlife and can be enjoyed by future generations for years to come.”

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LDWF working to keep Chronic Wasting Disease out of Louisiana

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the disease has spread to 26 states, including Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

“It’s actually considered the biggest disease threat to members of the deer family in the world," said Johnathan Bordelon, deer program manager for LDWF.

Bordelon said CWD has not proven to be harmful to humans at this time, but that it’s still concerning from a natural resource standpoint.

LDFW has taken several measures to prevent CWD from coming to the state, ranging from banning the importing of live deer from other states to regulations on what parts of a deer carcass can be brought into Louisiana, and, as of July 2, a ban on deer urine products used for hunting.

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