June 17, 2020
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee, opposed passage of S. 3422, the Great American Outdoors Act:
"The federal government owns about 640 million acres of land in the United States—about 28 percent of all land in the U.S.,” Inhofe said. “While I agree that we should be taking care of our parks and other public lands, I simply cannot get on board with making permanent the funding used by the government to acquire more land when it can’t take care of what it already owns. As an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast, I look forward to continuing my work to advance conservation and promote recreation in the outdoors, particularly with voluntary programs that do not rely on the acquisition of more federal land, such as the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.”
· Inhofe authored the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Act (P.L. 109-294) in 2005 which improved the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The Partners Program is the primary program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delivering fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects on private land through voluntary agreements with private landowners.
· In 2013, Inhofe received an appreciation award from the Partners for Fish and Wildlife for his leadership in promoting private lands stewardship of America’s natural resources.
· In 2017, Inhofe joined EPW Chairman Barrasso in introducing the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act which, in part, reauthorized the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
· In 2019, Inhofe joined EPW Chairman Barrasso in reintroducing the WILD Act.