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I just got these comments from another local club here in So Cal. I find it
quite alarming and I honestly think Feinsteins office is lying but either
way, here it is..
get all your groups writing....plaster this all over the web...
Spread the word.

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At our meeting last night, our political chairman said that he had
contacted Sen. Fienteins office about her not supporting Boxers Wilderness
Act. He was told that Fiensteins office had recieved over 10,000 letters in
favor of support , and about 100 against support. Let's get on the ball.
Pass the word to everyone you know. Also let the groups from other forms of
recreation you may be involved with know. Call her office, or better yet,
send a letter. She does not accept e-mails, because she gets so many off
them. At least that's the response I have always recieved.
Everyone's recreational freedom is at stake. If recreation is not your
thing, Think how bad the wildfires were last year, it's only going to get
worse without management.

Name Deleted By Peter S. Di Primo

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http://www.senate.gov/~feinstein/contact.html DO NOT SEND E-MAILS, they do not get read.... WRITE CALL OR FAX


“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” -- Martin Niemoeller


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This is what we are up against. If you have not yet done so, please contact Senator Feinstein and tell her no more Wilderness!


Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Wilderness group rallies support for bill

In a bill U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is expected to introduce soon, five local areas could get enhanced environmental protection.

The California Wild Heritage Act, if passed, would designate 4 million acres of land as "wilderness" -- the highest level of protection for land, said Pat Flanagan, desert representative for the California Wilderness Coalition.

"I think the act is important, because as our population here is going up, we need to be especially diligent in protecting the natural system," she said.

Local areas that would receive the wilderness designation would be the Cady and Soda mountains east of Barstow and the Avawatz Mountains, Kingston Range Additions and Denning Springs Additions near Fort Irwin.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Barstow field office is in charge of those five areas, which are currently designated as "wilderness study areas."

Because wilderness study areas are managed as though they were wilderness areas, current activities taking place on those lands will not be affected, Flanagan said.

Since 1994, she said driving has been prohibited in those areas, and that prohibition would continue under the wilderness status.

There are no active mining claims on those lands, she said, so no current mine will be affected -- although she said future mining would not be allowed. Existing cattle grazing in the Soda and Cady mountains can continue if the bill passes.

Although the legislation would have little effect on the current use of local wilderness study areas, some California groups are opposed to it, saying it will negatively impact the state in general.

Off-road vehicle supporter John Stewart wrote about his concerns about the bill in a column for 4x4wire.com.

"Wilderness designation will eliminate mountain bike and motorized recreation and reduce the recreationist dollars that support the rural communities," he said in his column.

The California Wilderness Coalition has been collecting petition signatures in support of the legislation, Flanagan said. The petition is part of the group's effort to get U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein to support the bill, she said.

Kelly Donovan can be reached at [email protected] or 256-4122.


Coalition petitions to protect desert land
2.4M acres included in bill by Sen. Boxer
By CHUCK MUELLER, Staff Writer
A statewide coalition of environmental, business and civic groups is petitioning to protect California's wild lands and rivers, including seven proposed wilderness areas in the eastern Mojave Desert.

"It's vital to preserve these unique lands and rivers for everyone's benefit,' said Pamela Flick, administrative director of the Sacramento-based California Wild Heritage Campaign. "These lands are the source of more than 60 percent of the state's clean water.'

The coalition has collected more than 60,000 signatures supporting its effort to protect federal wilderness lands and rivers.

"Wilderness areas and wild rivers contribute to our quality of life, offering recreational opportunities to those seeking solitude in the great outdoors,' said Twentynine Palms resident Patricia Flanagan, regional organizer for the California Wilderness Coalition.

A recent poll showed that nearly 70 percent of people in the West want at least 10 percent of federal lands protected as wilderness, Flanagan said. At present, only 4.7 percent of these lands are designated as wilderness.

The California Wild Heritage Act, introduced last year by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., would protect areas as diverse as the White Mountains, which contain the oldest living trees in the world, the southern Los Padres National Forest that is home to the endangered California Condor, and the Avawatz Mountains in the eastern Mojave, where bighorn sheep thrive.

The act would provide wilderness protection for 2.4 million acres statewide, including 90 wild lands and 24 rivers, to bring wilderness designation to 16.4 million acres in California 16 percent of the state's total area.

"Protecting our remaining wild lands and free-flowing rivers is an American concern,' said Traci Van Thull , director of the California Wild Heritage Campaign.

The Wild Heritage Act would add about 300,000 acres of wilderness in the Mojave Desert. It would designate as wilderness:

84,400 acres in the Cady Mountains, and 80,430 acres in the Soda Mountains, both east of Barstow.

61,300 acres in the Avawatz Mountains, and 39,750 acres in the Kingston Range, both east of Fort Irwin.

17,200 acres at Denning Springs, south of Death Valley, plus 40,400 adjacent acres to the northwest.

36,672 acres near Joshua Tree National Park.

Deep Creek, a wild river flowing north from the San Bernardino Mountains near Apple Valley, also is included as a wild stream worthy of preservation, Flick said.

Meanwhile, the California Wilderness Coalition is concerned that a reactivated Civil War-era ruling designed to encourage western settlement will make it easier for states and counties to convert dirt tracks and washes on public lands into roads.

Revised Statute 2477 has the potential to devastate wilderness throughout the west, including Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve, said Keith Hammond, coalition spokesman.

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