Pelosi Statement on Passage of H.R. 803, Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act

February 26, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the passage of a landmark conservation bill that designates 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness, protects more than 1.2 million acres of public land from new oil and gas and mining claims and incorporates more than 1,200 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System:

“Today is a proud and momentous day, as the House passes the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act: one of the most ambitious, impactful and far-reaching conservation bills in our nation’s history.  We salute Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva and all who have worked to advance this legislation, which protects our natural heritage now, for our children and grandchildren, and for generations to come.

“This bipartisan legislation creates good-paying jobs, powers our local economies and protects public health.  It advances Democrats’ firm commitment to environmental justice, as it improves access to clean air, clean water and outdoor recreation and ensures that vulnerable frontline communities have a seat at the decision-making table.  And, importantly, it takes bold action against the climate crisis: safeguarding biodiversity and implementing recommendations from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Action Plan, Solving the Climate Crisis, including advancing the goal of protecting at least 30 percent of all U.S. lands and ocean areas by 2030.    

“With President Biden in the White House and Democratic Majorities in the Congress, the American people can be confident that conservation and fighting the climate crisis in a jobs-creating, equitable way will continue to be front-and-center of the agenda.  We are committed to doing everything necessary to leave a healthier, more sustainable future for our children.”