Photo of a grizzly bear in river catching a fish.
CYCLE OF LIFE A juvenile grizzly Bear fishes at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska. © Andrew Hunter/TNC Photo Contest 2019

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TNC Statement on Executive Order Bypassing Environmental Laws

Order undermines bedrock protections for people, nature.

The following is a statement by Lynn Scarlett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy, after President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday directing federal agencies to waive the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act and other bedrock environmental laws to increase the pace of a wide range of federal projects:

“The president’s executive order undermines the regulatory framework critical to the health and well-being of this country’s communities and natural world. It adopts a misguided view that we must choose to either support economic growth or protect the environment. For decades, these laws have dramatically improved health and prosperity in the United States, while also giving a voice to the public. Bypassing them will needlessly harm lands and waters we all need to survive. The move to limit public involvement would have outsized impacts on disadvantaged communities at a time when the nation is already reeling from a global pandemic and deep, systemic injustice.

The move to limit public involvement would have outsized impacts on disadvantaged communities at a time when the nation is already reeling from a global pandemic and deep, systemic injustice.

Lynn Scarlett Chief External Affairs Officer for The Nature Conservancy

“The Nature Conservancy’s mission – to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends – recognizes that people and nature are inextricably linked. We will continue striving to uphold foundational laws, regulations and other legal provisions that underpin basic conservation values.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.