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Issue Position: Environment - Protecting Public Lands and Oregon Treasures

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Protecting Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, two of Oregon's crown jewels, is a top priority for Congressman Blumenauer in Congress. In 2008, Congressman Blumenauer, along with Rep. DeFazio, Rep. Hooley and Rep. Wu, introduced an "Oregon Treasures" legislative package, which would increase protections for Oregon's Mt. Hood, Rogue River and Oregon Caves. Congressman Blumenauer has consistently voted against drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He is a co-sponsor of legislation to designate the 1.5 million acre coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge as wilderness, thereby permanently prohibiting oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain. He has also spoken out on the House Floor numerous times against drilling in the Arctic. Congressman Blumenauer visited the refuge in July of 2001. Congressman Blumenauer has worked to protect National Forests in Oregon and around the country. He is a cosponsor of the Alaska Rainforest Conservation Act, which would protect areas of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. He strongly supported the Clinton era Roadless Area Conservation Rule, and has co-sponsored the Roadless Area Conservation Act, which would codify the rule into law


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