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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-28-2000, 07:49 AM
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Banner Year For The Wilderness Society!

Our friends at the Wilderness Society are claiming they had a great year protecting our lands.

Of course this typically means a defeat for the motorized recreationist......

See below.

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* Tuesday, December 26, 2000

Dear WildAlert Subscriber,

Your letters, faxes, emails, and calls made a difference, and here's why:
More was done to protect American lands this year than in any year since
1980, when the 105-million-acre Alaska Lands Act became law, according to
an end-of-year Wilderness Society report. THANK YOU. Read more about it

**Eleven national monuments were established, mostly on U.S. Bureau of
Land Management areas, and two others were expanded. The result has been
greater protection for 5 million acres of the public's lands.

**More than one million acres of Wilderness were added to the National
Wilderness Preservation System -- in Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, and

**Some 60 million acres in our National Forests will be left in their
natural condition.

** Land acquisition funding, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund
(LWCF), was increased significantly by Congress.

**Action was taken to restore the Everglades, protect Hawaii's coral
reefs, limit snowmobile use in National Parks, and end gridlock in
Yosemite and Zion National Parks.

It's an impressive list of accomplishments, surpassing any year's
achievements since 1980, a year capped by enactment of the Alaska Lands
Act (ANILCA), protecting 105 million acres of national parks, wildlife
refuges, wilderness, another lands.

The report also identifies 10 fish and wildlife species that should
benefit significantly from this year's land protection, including the
golden eagle, black bear, lynx, and southern sea otter.

The places protected in 2000 offer world-class recreation, plus peace and
quiet, clean watersheds for drinking water, clean air, habitat for
wildlife, cultural history, and medicines for the future.

Those who have fought these conservation efforts maintain that they are
some kind of "land grab." But these lands belong to all Americans. In
fact, protecting these natural treasures fends off land grabs by those
industries who see opportunities to exploit these places for commercial
gain. As Theodore Roosevelt put it, "The nation behaves well if it treats
the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next
generation increased, and not impaired, in value."

As we celebrate all of these achievements, many wonder if the new year
will bring a reversal of the momentum. On the campaign trail, George Bush
and Richard Cheney opposed the roadless protection plan and establishment
of national monuments. They urged oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge.
Sometimes, once elected, public officials adopt policies that differ from
campaign rhetoric. Once the new administration considers its stewardship
duties, we hope it will work with the conservation community to preserve
our public lands and protect wildlife.

The one million acres of Wilderness designated by the 106th Congress
reflects the potential for bipartisan achievement. The American people
will not stand by if a campaign to reverse recent progress is set in
motion. Conservation has traditionally been a bipartisan concern, and we
hope the new administration will approach it with that spirit.

Download the full report at:

Read about Wilderness designated in the 106th Congress:

Ask President Clinton to protect these critical areas as National
Monuments: Arctic Refuge (Alaska), Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands (Idaho),
Sonoran Desert (Arizona), Cheaha & Warrior Mountains (Alabama), Missouri
Breaks (MT), Vermillion Basin (CO):

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