Fitzpatrick Recognized for Conservation Work during Great Outdoors America Week

Jun 27, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues
Fitzpatrick Recognized for Conservation Work during Great Outdoors America Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) was honored Wednesday night for his environmental and conservation work during the 112th and 113th Congresses.

In conjunction with Great Outdoors America Week the Wilderness Society, National Wildlife Federation and other participating groups recognized Fitzpatrick as one of America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champions – the third year in a row he has receive the distinction.

“I believe, and always have believed that protecting America’s great outdoors is an issue that transcends political parties and ideologies,” said Fitzpatrick. “It is critical to ensure that future generations have clean air and water and a place to always get outside and play. It is as simple as that.”

“Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is a true Great Outdoors America champion who understands the importance of protecting our lands, waters, and the wildlife that healthy natural resources sustain, for future generations to enjoy,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation . “NWF is thrilled to honor his contributions to conservation and wildlife protection, and looks forward to many more opportunities to partner with the Congressman.”

Fitzpatrick has shown willingness to work with both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to protect America’s great outdoors.  In doing so, he has been a champion for wildlife, outdoor recreation, clean water, wild places, and connecting kids with nature.

In the 112th Congress, Fitzpatrick led a bipartisan effort to successfully defeat an appropriations amendment that would have gutted funding for the Endangered Species Act.  And as a long standing champion for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Fitzpatrick co-led a letter in the House this year supporting robust funding for LWCF to continue our proud American heritage of enjoying parks, recreation areas, Civil War battlefields, wildlife refuges, historic sites, places to hunt and fish, and more.

In addition to his work protecting clean water and the Delaware River basin, Fitzpatrick has been a leading supporter of the No Child Left Inside Act in an effort to help connect kids with nature. 

“As a Boy Scout, a former County Commissioner in Bucks County, and now a Congressman in Washington, I’ve always know the importance of honoring and protecting the natural beauty of the area and the nation. It’s an honor to be recognized for doing something we all know is right,” added Fitzpatrick. “It’s important to understand that we can take advantage of our bountiful natural resources to put us on a path to prosperity, while also remaining caring stewards of our country.”

Great Outdoors America Week (June 24-June 27, 2013 in Washington D.C.) offered an opportunity for advocates to take direct action on a number of conservation issues, ranging from wilderness and national monument protection to reconnecting inner-city kids to the great outdoors.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

The Wilderness Society is the leading public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.