Today President Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public lands. The Hammonds’ resentencing and return to federal prison after initially receiving a much lighter sentence was seized upon by the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a reason for protesting federal ownership of public lands in the West.

Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark issued this statement:

“The Hammonds were convicted of arson on federal lands, a serious crime. Whatever prompted President Trump to pardon them, we hope that it is not seen as an encouragement to those who might use violence to seize federal property and threaten federal employees in the West.”

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