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Help Protect Wilderness in the Northern Rockies!

Posted by Matthew Koehler on March 11, 2009

Want to do your part to ensure that some of the most remarkable wildlands, forests and watersheds in the country get the Wilderness protection they so clearly deserve?

On February 11, 2009, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) was introduced into the US Congress.  If passed, NREPA (HR 980) would protect some of America’s most beautiful and ecologically important public lands and water bodies in the northern Rockies while also creating restoration jobs in rural communities and even saving the taxpayers money.

Please take a few moments today to write your congressional representative and ask them to support NREPA!

NREPA at a glance:

• Designates as Wilderness 24 million acres of roadlless wildlands in the Northern Rockies;

• Connects natural, biological corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of climate change;

• Restores habitat that has been severely damaged from tens of thousands of logging roads that were built, and creates more than 2,300 restoration jobs in rural communities leading to a more sustainable economic base in the region;

• Keeps water available for ranchers and farmers downstream until it is most needed; and

• Eliminates subsidized development in the designated of 24 million acres of new wilderness areas, saving taxpayers $245 million over a 10-year period.

If you want more information about NREPA, including the full text of the bill and also a link to some really nifty maps broken down by National Forests, click here.

Thank you!

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3 Responses to “Help Protect Wilderness in the Northern Rockies!”

  1. pj finn said

    I see that, for better or worse, the Omnibus Lands Bill failed to pass the House today. Time to stir up support for NREPA.

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  3. Joe said

    creates more than 2,300 restoration jobs in rural communities leading to a more sustainable economic base in the region????

    These jobs will be short term, and likely contracted out, not local. The passing of this bill will cost the locals in Sublette county alone close to 4500 jobs, not even coming close to the supposed 2300 it will create. The county with the lowest unemployment rate in the US will now have the highest if this bill is passed.

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