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October 8th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Recently ARRA asked you to weigh in with your Members about a possible public lands omnibus, as we were concerned that Congress may try to move legislation similar to legislation that passed last year. Last year’s bill cobbled more than 160 separate pieces of legislation into one massive package that permanently eliminated the potential for motorized recreation on more than two million acres of public lands that were designated as wilderness in nine states. In addition, the package added three new national park units, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, more than 1,000 miles of national wild and scenic rivers and four new national trails. Also signed into law as a part of the omnibus package was the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) Act, which is currently being used to limit motorized access on Bureau of Land Management lands.

It is time to have your voice heard again, as some in Congress are starting the process on developing a new omnibus bill. Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is circulating a letter for signature by other Members that encourages Congressional leadership to lump together more than 150 land use bills and pass them as one.

It is important that you contact your Member of Congress and key Congressional leaders to let them know you oppose a new massive omnibus public lands law and that a repeat of the 2009 law will mean more restrictions to access, and to ask them not to sign Heinrich’s letter.

Please click the Take Action link below to urge your Members and key Congressional leaders to oppose a massive omnibus bill in favor of ensuring that all public lands bills have hearings to allow for full local input.


October 8th, 2010, 10:05 PM
Please Oppose Massive Public Lands Omnibus Legislation

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a member of Americans for Responsible Recreational Access I write to urge you to oppose efforts to cobble together another omnibus public lands package similar to the legislation passed early last year that included a number of bills that limit access for motorized recreation. I also urge you not to sign the Dear Colleague letter being circulated by Representative Heinrich that advocates for a public lands omnibus bill.

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Public lands bills have a significant impact on the economic development, recreational opportunities and day-to-day lives of the people who live and work near the areas in question. As a result, it is imperative those most affected have sufficient opportunities to provide input on public lands legislation. Please oppose any omnibus package including bills that have not been fully vetted and that have not received Committee hearings and mark-ups in both the House and Senate.

While I understand that non-controversial bills can be lumped together to make the legislative process easier, last year's omnibus public lands bill was far from non-controversial. I urge you to avoid the procedural gimmicks necessary to pass last year's bill and consider all controversial or complicated public lands measures separately.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

October 10th, 2010, 12:47 PM
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