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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Rep. Jim Moran for His Focus on Conservation

Moran’s Conservation Legacy Will Continue Long After He Retires

ARLINGTON, VA | January 16, 2014

Virginia Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy Michael Lipford offered this statement about Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va.) decision to retire at the end of the year, after 24 years in office:

“Congress will lose a true champion for conservation and environmental protection when Congressman Moran steps away after 24 years of service. Mr. Moran is a passionate and vocal champion for the important role that federal investments in conservation play in our economy, our health, our heritage and our quality of life. He devoted considerable energy during his long service on the House Appropriations Committee—including leadership positions on the Interior and Environment Subcommittee—to ensuring that our nation continues its long and bipartisan tradition of investing in the conservation of our lands and waters. He also spoke up for the importance of many of the nation’s bedrock environmental statutes and the essential protections they continue to provide the American people. During his time in office, Mr. Moran was an advocate for international conservation, understanding that the United States has a real and direct stake in conservation issues across the globe. We look forward to continuing to work with Mr. Moran in the coming months, and wish him all the best as he prepares for this next chapter of his life.”

Lipford continued: “Congressman Moran’s conservation legacy is huge and can be seen and enjoyed in many special places across Virginia. He has worked to protect globally important migratory bird habitat on the Eastern Shore, freshwater tidal wetlands on the Rappahannock, intact forest habitat in southern Virginia and invaluable pockets of wilderness along the Potomac in fast-growing Northern Virginia. Mr. Moran’s time in Congress may be drawing to a close, but Virginians and visitors alike will enjoy these conservation successes many years into the future.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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