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Save Wild Rockies! Lobby Week for NREPA

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  • Hayduke Rocks!
    Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2000 11:40:52 -0600 From: Alliance for the Wild Rockies Reply-To: awr@wildrockies.org To: hayduke@efmedia.org Subject:
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      Date: Wed, 01 Mar 2000 11:40:52 -0600
      From: Alliance for the Wild Rockies <awr@...>
      Reply-To: awr@...
      To: hayduke@...
      Subject: Please Post: NREPA action alert

      Dear Andy

      Please consider posting NREPA alert below on Hayduke Rock's listserve
      and website. The Sierra Club and Alliance for the Wild Rockies are
      sponsoring a NREPA lobby week starting March 13. NREPA needs letters
      pouring into Congress from all over the country in order to help make
      lobbying efforts successful. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you for your time.

      Sincerely,

      Jamie Lennox
      AWR membership coordinator
      mailto:jamie@...

      A BILL BEFORE CONGRESS TO PROTECT THE WILD ROCKIES
      Sierra Club and Alliance for the Wild Rockies Lobby Week - March 13
      **please distribute this alert**

      HR 488, The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
      WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!

      WILDEST BILL GAINING SUPPORT ON CAPITOL HILL:
      A little over one year ago, Representatives Christopher Shays (R-CT) and
      Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Northern Rockies Ecosystem
      Protection Act (NREPA), HR 488, in the 106th Congress. NREPA now has a
      total of 84 congressional sponsors. The Sierra Club and Alliance for
      the Wild Rockies are sponsoring a March 13th NREPA congressional lobby
      week. We need you to write a letter to your representative in support of
      NREPA to help make lobbying efforts successful.

      THE BIG PICTURE - Bioregion-wide, Ecosystem Protection
      HR 488 goes beyond arbitrary state boundaries to protect naturally
      functioning wildland ecosystems covering the states of Idaho, Montana,
      Wyoming, eastern Oregon and Washington.

      NREPA protects more than 20 million acres of federal land in the region
      as Wilderness, National Preserves and Biological Corridors. The bill
      also designates 1,800 miles of new Wild & Scenic Rivers, and creates
      2,300 new wildlands restoration jobs. NREPA saves taxpayers over $100
      million by preventing below-cost timber sales and taxpayer subsidized
      road-building. This visionary blueprint for conservation planning led
      Outside magazine to write, "No current environmental proposal matches
      the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act for size, sweep, and sheer
      brassy political nerve."

      WILD ROCKIES HOME
      The Northern Rocky Mountain bioregion encompasses the last great expanse
      of native biodiversity in the contiguous United States. Known as the
      Wild Rockies, sometimes called "America's Serengeti," it is the only
      bioregion which still contains all species present at the time of the
      Lewis and Clark expedition. Populations of bison, bighorn sheep,
      grizzly bear, goshawk, elk, caribou, bull trout and mountain lion roam
      the region's temperate forests, alpine tundra, and desert canyons.

      SCIENTIFIC AND ECONOMIC STAMP OF APPROVAL
      The nation's top economists and scientists support the bill including
      Drs. John and Frank Craighead, Dr. Michael Soule', University of Montana
      Economic Chairman, Dr. Thomas Power, and many more. The act heeds
      warnings from the scientific community that without preservation of core
      ecosystems and biological corridors in the northern Rockies, long-term
      survival of the many unique wildlife populations in the region is
      hopeless.

      NORTHERN ROCKIES ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION ACT BROCHURE:
      For a free 8 page, full-color NREPA brochure email your mailing address
      to Alliance for the Wild Rockies mailto:awr@...

      WRITE TO YOUR REP:
      NREPA needs letters to Congress. Please write and encourage your
      representative to cosponsor this important bill. Website to find out
      who your representative is: http://www.house.gov/writerep Punch in your
      state and zip code (+ four digit postal code if needed).

      ADDRESS:
      Honorable Representative _________________________
      US House of Representatives
      Washington, DC 20515

      If you do not receive a response to your letter within 45 days call your
      representative via the capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121 Ask to speak
      with the legislative aid who works on environmental issues . If your
      representative is a sponsor please send a brief thank you note for
      sponsoring NREPA.

      For more information on NREPA please visit this website:
      http://www.wildrockies.org/nrepa
      For a free 8 page, full-color NREPA brochure email your mailing address
      to Alliance for the Wild Rockies mailto:awr@...

      SAMPLE NREPA LETTER
      FEBRUARY 2000
      Please direct to your representative and write in your own words

      Honorable Representative __________________
      US House of Representatives
      Washington, DC 20515

      Dear Representative _______________,

      Please consider cosponsoring the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection
      Act, H.R. 488 (NREPA).

      This bi-partisan bill will save taxpayers at least $100 million over the
      first ten years by prohibiting deficit roadbuilding and timber sales in
      public roadless areas. NREPA will create over 2,300 high-paying jobs
      ($20/hour+) by establishing the Wildlands Recovery Corps and restoring
      public lands damaged by poor management.

      HR 488 would protect more than 20 million acres of federal lands in
      parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington as Wilderness,
      National Preserves, and Biological Corridors. NREPA designates over
      1,800 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The northern Rockies is home
      to populations of grizzly bear, wolf, bison, elk, woodland caribou, bull
      trout, salmon and numerous other species.

      NREPA is supported by more than 1,000 businesses and organizations
      including: The Wilderness Society, Republicans for Environmental
      Protection (Rep America), Greenpeace USA, National Audubon Society,
      Sierra Club, and thousands of individuals.

      For the record, I strongly support this landmark legislation. Please
      let me know whether or not you will sponsor NREPA. Thank you for your
      time and consideration.

      Sincerely,

      Your Name & Address
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