Environmental laws provide regulatory tools essential to assure that natural resource management needs are properly met across diverse ownerships, jurisdictional authorities and management agencies. They provide legal protections, budgets and assignment of management responsibilities on the public behalf. It is critical that lawmakers remain informed and aware of the tremendous ecological, recreational and economic values of our natural lands and waters and demand that best science and biologically sound management practices guide legislative decision making.
An important provision in environmental legislation is that public review and comment be included in the making of laws, rules and regulations. This opportunity to voice opinion is a very important responsibility that FFI embraces with our Conservation Partners so that key laws (including the Clean Water Protection Act and Endangered Species Act) continue to provide the hard earned protections that are essential to the health of our streams, lakes, wetlands and other natural landscapes across this country.