News December 29, 2014

Investers Seek To Protect Lands

by Jackson Hole. Media

wildernessA dozen leaders of venture capital and investment firms say they think the United States should be “investing” in protecting more public land. Members of the new “Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition” say they’ll encourage Congress and the president to expand national parks and declare new national monuments and wilderness areas. Coalition member Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Investors, says the skilled workers being recruited by today’s tech companies like to work hard and play hard – and the recreational opportunities on public land fit the bill. There are about three million acres of designated forest wilderness in Wyoming. The Wyoming Wilderness Association estimates that about five million more acres of primitive or wild areas in the state are not yet protected and deserve wilderness status.

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