To designate certain National Forest System lands and public lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming as wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors, and for other purposes.
The 111th Congress will take a close look at the so-called “Wildest Bill on the Hill,” the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), starting with a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The House Natural Resources Committee announced today that its subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands will hold the hearing on May 5, 2009. NREPA also had a hearing in the same subcommittee early in the 110th Congress, but the bill never made it to the floor for a vote.
This year’s version, H.R. 980, sponsored by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and 69 other Representatives of both parties, but none representing the region covered by the legislation, mainly Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and to a lesser degree, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.
Please click the Take Action button below to let your Member of Congress know that you oppose H.R. 980, the "Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act." H.R. 980 would designate 23 million acres of land in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, as Wilderness. This means each of these 23 million acres would be made permanently off-limits to motorized and mechanized recreation, including off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, 4x4s, snowmobiles and mountain bikes.
It isn't made any easier then this especially if your already signed up with ARRA.
Now's not the time to say screw it because with this new House there going to be trying to slip every Wilderness bill that was ever turned down. If we just lay down and take it they could get almost all of them passed.
This is the same Bill the (D) from NY has been pushing for many years and this year it ALMOST made it so I'm sure with her revisions it's going to pass....unless we do something.
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All we're left with are the Memories we made.
That is public land that is owned by every taxpaying American. That land is NOT to be closed at the whim of the Democratic Congresswoman from New York! I can't believe she has the audacity to continually try to take away the use of Public Lands from the people of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The people need to wake up and let their voices be heard!
This bill is more serious than I ever imagined. I looked at the maps, and EVERY place I've ever ridden out west will be closed if this bill passes. Basically, every mountain in Montana will be illegal to ride on, and most of the mountains in Idaho as well. Elections have consequences people... and you're really starting to see it now with this bullshit bill.