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Old 05-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know anything about H4089 or S2066?

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ATVs Coming to Your Favorite Wilderness Area

May 29, 2012

The misleadingly-named “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act” has wilderness-busting provisions that could be coming to any and all of America’s wilderness areas.

“It’s possibly the biggest threat to this nation’s wilderness areas since the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964,” says Tom Martin, Co-Director of River Runners for Wilderness, “even long time wilderness defenders who thought they’d seen it all are shocked.”

HR4089 is a combination of 4 previous bills. Although there are many debatable elements, the worst allows what were previously illegal activities to now occur in all areas managed as wilderness under the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and all of the nation’s Federal land agencies.

Among activities that could be allowed are ATV use, new road construction, mining, logging and the construction of fixed structures. In fact, the most dangerous element of this bill is that it gives managers a blank check to allow any activities they construe as beneficial to sportsmen.

The bill has passed the House of Representatives and a Senate Companion Bill S2066 has been introduced with supporters such as the National Rifle Association and sports industry groups urging a quick passage.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a branch of the Library of Congress that provides in depth analysis to members of Congress and others, outlined the threats in a recent review of the proposal. The CRS noted that the bill’s “..language could be construed as opening wilderness areas to virtually any activity related to hunting and fishing, even if otherwise inconsistent with wilderness values. Despite the Wilderness Act’s explicit ban on temporary and permanent roads, if H.R. 4089 were passed, roads arguably could be constructed in wilderness areas…”

The report also noted that “…while it appears that timber harvest could be allowed, it would seem difficult to harvest timber without roads or machines.” The entire CRS’ brief (4 page) memo is on the River Runners for Wilderness website at http://rrfw.org/sites/default/files/CRSreport.pdf

The wilderness destroying language in this bill could easily be omitted before final passage and we urge you to take action to insist that this is done: Contact your state’s Senators and ask that they not support S2066 and to protect all provisions of The Wilderness Act.

You are also encouraged to contact lobbying supporters of HR4089 & S2066, such as the National Rifle Association at their website, particularly if you are a member: https://www.nraila.org/secure/contact-us.aspx and let them know that you support the Wilderness Act as written.

You are also encouraged to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. National media has largely ignored these bills and you could be instrumental in raising awareness of the threat.

Another easy action is to sign Wilderness Watch’s on-line petition at Change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/unit...sage-of-the-sp ortmen-s-heritage-act-of-2012-2?share_id=lQyHyXbCvPpe=pce. Please note that RRFW does not endorse any other petitions that may be presented to the site’s visitors.

To learn more about the threats posed by this legislation, visit: Wilderness Watch’s analysis: http://www.wildernesswatch.org/pdf/H...alysis--WW.pdf.

Other advocacy group sites include: A sneak attack on wilderness: Legislation that hurts backcountry sportsmen looms in the U.S. Senate | The Wilderness Society and Time to Stop HR 4089 in its Tracks – Conservation Lands Foundation.

Surveys show that wilderness enjoys very broad support by our country’s citizens and should be protected. River Runners for Wilderness will keep you apprised of this looming disaster for our country’s precious wilderness lands.


How haven't we heard of this...or have we heard of this, yet have a completely different spin on it?
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just like the pro-access Western Caucus bills introduced over the last year, they'll be come stranded on the Hill.

The chance of any of these kinds of bills (especially those that threaten existing “Wilderness” areas) getting traction is very low given the political climate these days IMHO.

Here's a short analysis and status of the two bills . . .

S. 2066: Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2066

H.R. 4089: Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4089
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The chance of any of these kinds of bills (especially those that threaten existing “Wilderness” areas) getting traction is very low given the political climate these days IMHO.
I don't want to see us lose any "Capital W" Wilderness areas.
I just don't want to see any more designated--or any de-facto--wilderness.

Maybe we can use it as a sacrificial lamb to cancel an equally insane Wilderness designation bill.
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How haven't we heard of this...or have we heard of this, yet have a completely different spin on it?
Uh....

You have *kinda* read a verison of the Sportsman's Heritage Act fairly recently..

But it was legislation written for something else.
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The summary of S. 2066 doesn't even contain the word "widerness". The author of the opposing statement has quite an imagination!

that supports and facilitates hunting, recreational fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities, to the extent authorized under applicable law.

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The summary of S. 2066 doesn't even contain the word "widerness". The author of the opposing statement has quite an imagination!

that supports and facilitates hunting, recreational fishing, and recreational shooting opportunities, to the extent authorized under applicable law.

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