Great news! The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) was reintroduced in the U.S. Senate on May 10 by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and currently has 11 co-sponsors.
Now we need your help to make this visionary Wilderness bill a reality, so please write your senators and urge them to co-sponsor and pass NREPA—"The Wildest Bill on Capitol Hill!"
NREPA is a science-based bill that would designate 23 million acres of America’s most beautiful, wild, and ecologically important public lands in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington as Wilderness.
The remaining wild public lands in this region contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity in the world, and are home to native wildlife species like grizzly bears, gray wolves, bull trout, wolverines, Canada lynx, greater sage-grouse, and American bison.
NREPA is also Wilderness legislation as it should be—with no special provisions that chip away at the Wilderness Act or weaken the protections Wilderness and wildlife need.
In addition to designating 23 million acres of Wilderness, NREPA specifically:
• Designates 1,800 miles of rivers and streams as Wild and Scenic;
• Saves taxpayers hundreds of millions by eliminating subsidized logging and road-building in areas that would be designated as Wilderness;
• Establishes a number of wildland "recovery areas" that will provide restoration jobs undoing damage caused by past destructive activities like logging and roadbuilding;
• Expands and provides greater protection for many existing Wilderness areas in the Northern Rockies by protecting their surrounding wildlands and their wild rivers;
• Designates biological connecting corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of climate change.
Please write your senators today and ask them to co-sponsor and pass the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (S.1531).
Urge your senators to co-sponsor the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
Urge your senators to co-sponsor and pass the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
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