Conservation Law Foundation’s Statement on Release of Interim Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning

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BOSTON, MA  (December 14, 2009)  In response to today’s release of the Obama Administration’s Interim Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) expressed initial support for the draft plan. CLF Ocean Campaign Director Sean Cosgrove stated, “We are encouraged by the draft framework’s comprehensiveness and the thoughtful and open process that has gone into developing it. CLF is continuing to work with the Administration towards comprehensive ocean management that insures ecological sustainability, protects special ocean places and promotes healthy coastal communities here in New England and on a national scale.”

The Interim Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning was drafted by the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, a 24 member panel of senior level officials from various federal agencies, departments and offices, created by President Obama on June 12, 2009 and chaired by the Council on Environmental Quality. There will be a 60-day public comment period after which the Administration will issue a final report.


The Conservation Law Foundation ( works to solve the most significant environmental challenges facing New England.  CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to create innovate strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health and promote vital communities in our region.  Founded, in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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