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Red_Chili
09-16-2008, 08:15 AM
Interesting. I was wondering when hunting groups would start realizing they have as much to lose as we do when it comes to accessing some of our best places.

Lots of people including myself have been pushing for Backcountry Recreation designation for a long time, as opposed to simply Wilderness. The thing is, we potentially have much in common with green organizations who want to protect our wild places from development - but they only have one bullet in their pistol: Wilderness designation. Or to use a different metaphor, they use a sledgehammer to drive a tack.
Hello NRA Members and fellow supporters of access to public lands,

Wilderness bills are popping up everywhere as the political climate is ripe for
them and
we need to let our elected officials know we strongly oppose this trend. We can
achieve
this in both the voting booth and through letter writing, which brings us to the
point of this alert.

Senator Boxer and Representative McKeon introduced the Eastern Sierra and San Gabriel
Wild Heritage Act, H.R. 6156 in the House and S. 3069 in the Senate last May.
It is an over the top bill that contains huge tracts of inappropriate wilderness,
and Senator
Feinstein is already working with wilderness groups drafting another one in Southern
Inyo County.

Early wilderness legislation designated truly remote wild lands, but today's
wilderness bills contain mine sites and roads
that are merely cherry stemmed in if not closed entirely. Wilderness advocates
shaky arguments supporting designation
are easily countered, making it readily apparent that their true agenda is simply
closing Americans out of their public lands.
They simply continue repeating their talking points, knowing that if enough letters
are sent, lazy politicians wanting votes will buy into it.
We need to let our elected officials know we won't tolerate this rampant land
grabbing that is robbing us of our rights.

I want to appeal to all NRA members receiving this to contact the NRA about getting
involved in
opposing this and future wilderness bills. These bills will impact hunters as much
as any forest user group
and having the NRA take a strong position is vital. Call or mail the NRA at:

800-392-8683 - Grassroots Hotline
When calling request "option 4" to speak with a live person and share
your comments regarding how you would like the
NRA to use its considerable combined voice to help oppose bad wilderness

NRA-ILA
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

PLEASE SUBMIT COMMENTS AND PASS THIS MESSAGE ON TO ANY FRIENDS OR ASSOCIATES
THAT SUPPORT PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS.

FURTHER DETAILS AND INFORMATION REGARDING THE BOXER/McKEON WILDERNESS BILL:

Maps associated with the bill are at:

http://mckeon.house.gov/eastern_sierra_maps.aspx

The original text of the bill as introduced on May 22. 2008 can be found at
the following website but it hasn't been updated to reflect subsequent
amendments shown on the maps.

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:h6156ih.txt

To all the signers of the petition to establish a wilderness alternative:
AAPL has been gearing up for an assault on the rampant legislation of wilderness
through the alternative designation
that was the subject of the petition you so graciously signed. In conjunction with
the Blue Ribbon Coalition, AAPL has begun
to draft legislation to create a Semi-Primitive Backcountry Roaded Designation that
will carry equal weight to wilderness, insuring
reasonable access to all recreationalists on select lands not yet wilderness.

We are busy gathering more grassroots support for this effort and look forward to
working with you all as we bring this effort to fruition.
Meanwhile, VOTE in candidates that support conservative values and stay tuned for
more Land Use Action Alerts.


Thank you for stepping up,

Greg Weirick
President-Advocates for Access to Public Lands
www.access-advocates.org (http://www.access-advocates.org/)