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Legislative Accomplishments of Andy Kerr

No lobbyist is an island. For any legislation to become law, first and foremost it takes at least one legislator, if not several, to prevail upon their colleagues (and let's not forget the role of the legislator's staff who generally toil in obscurity).

All conservation bills become law because a team of conservationists effectively advocated. The conservation team can consist of professional lobbyists, professional staff of conservation organizations, board members and volunteers of conservation organizations, other civic leaders and just regular folks who stand up to be counted. Early on I was just a regular folk, then a volunteer of a conservation organization, then professional staff of a conservation organization and now a professional lobbyist that represents conservation organizations. In some case, I played a support role, while in others I was a key architect of the legislation.

In all, through 2009, I have been involved with the establishment or expansion of 46 Wilderness Areas and 47 Wild and Scenic Rivers, 12 congressionally legislated special management areas, 15 Oregon Scenic Waterways, and one proclaimed national monument. The following are Acts of Congress unless otherwise noted. Some legislative act designate more than one conservation area.

1975    Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
1976    Federal Lands Policy and Management Act
1976    National Forest Management Act
1977    Oregon Riparian Area Protection Act (Oregon Legislative Assembly)
1978    Endangered American Wilderness Act
1978    Oregon Islands Wilderness Additions
1980    Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
1981    Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
1981    Oregon Offshore Leasing Moratorium
1983    Crater Lake National Park Expansion
1984    Oregon Wilderness Act
1984    Owyhee and Illinois Wild & Scenic Rivers
1986    Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
1987    Oregon Endangered Species Act (Oregon Legislative Assembly)
1988    Crater Lake National Park Geothermal Exploitation Ban
1988    Oregon Omnibus Wild & Scenic Rivers Act
1988    Oregon Rivers Initiative (statewide election qualified by initiative petition)
1989    Waldo Lake Oregon Scenic Waterway (Oregon Legislative Assembly)
1990    Newberry National Volcanic Monument
1996    Oregon Islands Wilderness Additions
1996    Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area
1996    Bull Run Watershed Management Unit
1997    National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act
2000    Steens Mountain Act
2001    Little Sandy Watershed Protection
2009    Soda Mountain Wilderness/Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Grazing Retirement
2009    Copper Salmon Wilderness/Elk Wild and Scenic River Additions
2009    Mount Hood Wildernesses and Wild & Scenic Rivers Act
2009    Oregon Badlands Wilderness
2009    Spring Basin Wilderness