On February 12, 2019 the U.S. Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act, S. 47. While the bill has many good provisions, it also has several that could significantly harm parts or all of our National Wilderness Preservation System.
Please urge your U.S. House Rep to remove the following provisions from the bill:
• Permanent Fixed Climbing Anchors in Emery County, Utah. This section’s precedent-setting language allowing unlawful permanent fixed anchors in Wilderness should be removed. The Wilderness Act prohibits such installations.
• Smith Gulch Lodge Development in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Rather than allow further private development in the heart of the River of No Return, the unlawfully constructed Smith Gulch Lodge should be removed from the Wilderness and the site restored.
• Paragliding language in Wilderness in the Organ Mountains of New Mexico. This section’s precedent-setting language allowing paragliding, a form of mechanized transport, should be removed. The Wilderness Act prohibits such mechanized transport.
• Owyhee Wilderness Boundary Reductions in Idaho. The proposed boundary Owyhee Wilderness boundary reductions should be eliminated since they would remove over 600 acres from the Owyhee River Wilderness, open a mile-long old vehicle route to motorized travel, and extend a cherry-stem road nearly a nearly a mile farther into the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness.
Thank you for taking action to help keep America’s National Wilderness Preservation System wild!
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