North Rockies protection - but who and what, exactly, is "protected?"


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longeyes
June 10, 2007, 10:39 PM
PRESS RELEASE April 20, 2007

Carole King Joins Reps. Maloney and Shays in Support of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act

Congresswoman Maloney 202 225-7944

Michael Garrity,
Executive Director,
Alliance for the Wild Rockies 406 459-5936

Steve Kelly, Alliance for the Wild Rockies 406 586-4421

Gary MacFarlane, President, Alliance for the Wild Rockies 208 882-9755

Washington, D.C. – Music legend Carole King joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) today to announce the introduction of the bipartisan Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. NREPA will designate all of the inventoried roadless areas in the Northern Rockies as wilderness, protect some of America's most beautiful and ecologically important lands while saving taxpayers money and creating jobs.

NREPA will protect as wilderness nearly 7 million acres of wilderness in Montana, 9.5 million acres of wilderness in Idaho, 5 million acres of wilderness in Wyoming, 750,000 acres in eastern Oregon, and 500,000 acres in eastern Washington on federal public land. Included in this total is over 3 million acres in Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks.

The Northern Rockies is the only place in the lower 48 states where native species and wildlife are protected on lands that are virtually unchanged since Lewis and Clark saw them. This is public land belonging to all Americans. NREPA designates all of the remaining roadless lands in the Northern Rockies as wilderness, the strongest protection the federal government can confer on public lands. NREPA does not affect private land.

NREPA establishes a pilot wildland recovery system. Over 6,000 miles of damaging or unused roads will be restored to roadless conditions, providing employment for over 2,000 workers while saving tax-dollars from subsidized development.

"Many of America's most precious natural resources and wildlife are found in the Northern Rockies,” said Rep. Maloney. “NREPA has always been ahead of its time by drawing wilderness boundaries according to science, not politics. NREPA would also help mitigate the effects of global warming by protecting the corridors through which vulnerable wildlife can migrate to cooler areas."

Rep. Shays added, “The Northern Rocky Mountains are one of
America’s great wilderness preserves--a living treasure, and home to a critical component of the continent’s ecosystem. It is imperative we preserve and protect our environment. We simply will not have a world to live in if we continue our neglectful ways.”

“The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act protects public land owned by all Americans and saves taxpayers money. Its time has come,” stated Carole King.

"Congresswoman Maloney and Congressman Shays are to be commended for taking the lead on clean national-interest legislation that benefits the entire country," said Steve Kelly, of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

Grizzly bears, caribou, elk, bison, wolves, bull trout and salmon still thrive in the Northern Rockies. The bill seeks to safeguard both these species and the lands on which they live.

“The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act will create high paying jobs by recovering old roads and clearcuts, save taxpayers money and protect the environment,” said Michael Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.

NREPA would save taxpayers $245 million over a ten-year period by managing the land as wilderness. Additionally, more than 2,300 jobs would be created in the region through NREPA’s program to restore
Northern Rockies habitats to their natural state.

Wilderness guide/outfitter Howie Wolke of the Paradise Valley notes that "This is our chance to do it right. NREPA represents a rapidly fading opportunity to prevent more endangered species listings, more resource extraction-induced watershed disasters, more soil destruction and noise pollution from all terrain vehicles, and more losses of the irreplaceable values that we in the Northern Rockies hold dear. And equally important, it a chance to avoid all of the expensive band-aid mitigation measures plus the controversy and polarization that are inevitable when we fail to properly protect the habitat to begin with."

The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act:

Connects natural, biological corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of global warming;

Restores habitat that has been severely damaged from roads that were built, creating more than 2,300 jobs and 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 wilderness areas, saving taxpayers $245 million over a 10-year period.


More information about the Northern Rockies Ecosystem protection Act can be found at http://www.wildrockies.org/nrepa/

The bill can be found at http://www.wildrockiesalliance.org/issues/nrepa/NREPA2007_finaldraft.pdf

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gc70
June 11, 2007, 12:15 AM
I bet Maloney and Shays have beautiful coffee-table photo books of the Rockies. And since it is government land, they would be damned if the people actually use it.

longeyes
June 11, 2007, 12:47 AM
from survivalblog.com:

"The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 1975, the "Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act." This is of interest to survivalists because it will be converting a huge amount of public land into "designated wilderness areas."
The affected land currently has roads and is open to public use. However, if the wilderness area expansion passes then public access use will be severely restricted. Many of you own or would like property with forest service land adjoining or nearby. With the act, all roads will be blocked off or removed, and hunting and wood cutting will be illegal. You will even need a "wilderness permit" every time you go camping or backpacking in these areas.
The act will affect more than 28,000,000 acres (45,000 square miles) in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The area is more than half of the size of Idaho!
This act will severely affect our rights to public land, by removing access and restricting our activities.
Please write and/or call to the members of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands and your state's congressmen. It is currently waiting for subcommittee debate, so there is only a small number of congressmen that we need to reach right now. Please write to them, even if it is only a short note. This bill is still in it's infancy, where it can be fairly easily defeated."

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obxned
June 11, 2007, 12:47 AM
I spent most of my life in Wyoming, and a heck of a lot of my time in the areas these idiots from big cities want to protect. I also worked as a hunting and fishing guide. If any protection is needed, it is protection from snotty, elitist city folk who wouldn't know an elk from a jackalope.

The Wyoming Game and Fish has done a great job of managing all of the game and non-game species without outside 'help'. You can't even apply to take the exam for a position as Game Warden without a degree in Wildlife Management, so I doubt Carole King or her little buddies could do much to help there. Maybe volunteer to wash dirty trucks or hang around headquarters in Cheyenne and fetch coffee.

Are these poor fools aware of how much of the Northern Rockies is already National Parks, National Forest with their Wilderness areas, or BLM lands with the various National Grasslands? And then there are State Lands too. In Wyoming, more than 1/3 of the state is already protected, with most of it is available for the use and enjoyment of the people as well as the critters. How much is in CT or NY? Maybe they should start protecting stuff closer to home.

I suspect this effort has nothing to do with protection of anything and everything to do with anti-hunting and keeping the people off of the lands that we own.

At least they are following Rule #1 for governments everywhere: If it doesn't work (like no CCW at VT), we'll do more of the same, and if it is working, then we will quickly screw it up.

jselvy
June 11, 2007, 09:59 AM
Government Policy: Fix It 'till It's Broke

Jefferson

TallPine
June 11, 2007, 11:22 AM
I wish all these damnyankees would mind their own #$%^&* business! :(

What I want to know is when they are going to re-introduce wolves and grizzly bears to Central Park in NYC?

The "roadless areas" are not - else why would they need to spend all that money to remove existing roads? Destroy the access, and the next thing that will happen is that a forest fire will burn the whole thing up since fire crews will no longer be able to get in on the ground.

We've already been through this last summer: fire starts in a "wilderness area" where it is ignored and then spreads to a quarter million acres including private lands and homes.

jselvy
June 11, 2007, 11:25 AM
Remember DamnYankee is all one word :)

Jefferson

El Tejon
June 11, 2007, 11:31 AM
Good thing a couple of East Coast Eloi can tell you hairy-chested Westerners what to do. Otherwise bad things could happen.:rolleyes::D

longeyes
June 11, 2007, 11:47 AM
The plantation society envisions all of us on urban reservations happy in our hivethink.

El Tejon
June 11, 2007, 11:54 AM
I don't wanna work on Chris' farm no more. . . .:D

The joke for our younger members=>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5LNnrH9LHk&mode=related&search=

Art Eatman
June 11, 2007, 11:57 AM
Check out http://www.rangemagazine.com, both current and archives for coverage of a lot of this mistreatment of the western areas.

I see this as THR related because of its effects on hunters...

Art

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