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Jarhead
November 17th, 2009, 01:20 PM
Congressman Attempts to Close Public Lands by Circumventing Legislative Process

Contact your Representatives to oppose H.R. 1925!

On November 10, U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey of New York, along with 88 other colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking that he circumvent normal legislative procedures and administratively close more than 9 million public land acres in Utah. Effectively designating Wilderness areas without public debate or congressional approval only further erodes the public's confidence in their government. Hinchey is attempting to thwart the legislative process by having the public lands described in his bill, H.R. 1925, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009, administratively protected by the Secretary.

Specifically, the letter directs Salazar to "utilize the considerable authorities granted to you under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and other statutes to administratively protect the wilderness characteristics of the lands contained in the Red Rock legislation until Congress acts to protect them statutorily."

This letter comes on the heels of an October 1 hearing of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources regarding the consideration of H.R. 1925 in which members of Utah's own Congressional delegation testified in opposition to the bill. In fact, not a single member of Utah's delegation supports this legislation. This legislation will ban off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to public lands to those who live and recreate in Utah. To see the Utah delegation and Ranking Member Doc Hastings speak out against H.R. 1925, click here. To read AMA's press release on the hearing, click here, and click here to read Hinchey's press release on H.R. 1925.

H.R. 1925 would designate 9.4 million acres as federally protected Wilderness, and directly affect the Moab, San Rafael Swell and Chimney Rock areas, among others, in Utah. These popular OHV areas represent some of the most important remaining OHV recreation areas in the state. The proposed Wilderness designation would also make the land off limits to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders and mountain bikers.

Your help is needed now to stop H.R. 1925. The fastest way to reach your U.S. Representative is to call them. You can find contact information for your elected officials by visiting: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Please contact your Representative right away and urge them to oppose H.R. 1925. Encourage your friends and family to voice their opposition as well.

Sample e-mail:
Your name
Your Address
You City, State & Zip Code

November 17, 2009

The Honorable {Insert Name}
House of Representatives
2107 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-2205

Re: Oppose H.R. 1925!

Dear Representative {Insert Name}:

As a constituent and concerned responsible motorized recreationist, I urge you to oppose H.R. 1925, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009. H.R. 1925 will designate more than 9 million additional acres as Wilderness and unnecessarily close access to responsible recreation at the Moab, San Rafael Swell and Chimney Rock off-highway vehicle areas, among others, in Utah.

I fully support appropriate designations governing our public lands where there is broad local support. However, Congress must designate new Wilderness areas as defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964. H.R. 1925 does not meet the definition of Wilderness. Indeed, the Wilderness Act defines Wilderness, with a capital 'W', as those areas which are essentially in a natural state, where changes are produced by the environment itself - not by the hand of man. Much of the land in question is criss-crossed by roads, trails, power lines, dams, bridges and structures. Surely this does not meet the definition of Wilderness.

By designating over 9 million acres of new Wilderness, this would close all trails to responsible motorized enthusiasts in these areas. The closure of these trails will be devastating to many friends and families who recreate together responsibly.

We cannot afford to close any more trails without providing alternative riding opportunities. Again, I ask that you oppose H.R. 1925.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this important issue.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Rattler
November 18th, 2009, 04:39 PM
:banghead::banghead::banghead:

I really have a hard time discussing land grabs without swearing.

phittie1100
November 18th, 2009, 11:17 PM
On November 10, U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey of New York, along with 88 other colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking that he circumvent normal legislative procedures and administratively close more than 9 million public land acres in Utah. Effectively designating Wilderness areas without public debate or congressional approval only further erodes the public's confidence in their government. Hinchey is attempting to thwart the legislative process by having the public lands described in his bill, H.R. 1925, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009, administratively protected by the Secretary.

Specifically, the letter directs Salazar to "utilize the considerable authorities granted to you under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and other statutes to administratively protect the wilderness characteristics of the lands contained in the Red Rock legislation until Congress acts to protect them statutorily."


That really chaps my backside. I sent my letter this evening.

calvynandhobbs
November 19th, 2009, 09:52 AM
Letter sent this morning.:thumb: