Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), issued a statement underscoring the organization’s support for the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act.

The statement reads: “Energy development on our public lands, including renewable energy, needs to be done in a manner that protects our public lands, water and wildlife while not negatively impacting the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (PLREDA) does this by identifying areas with critical habitats and low potential conflict and encouraging better planning to further support fish and wildlife species – and much more. We thank Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) for introducing the act while urging Congress to move it forward as quickly as possible.”