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Harvey Broome, co-founder and former president of The Wilderness Society, is a revered conservationist who helped protect the Smoky Mountains.
The father of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson is a former Wilderness Society board member and counselor. After he served as governor of Wisconsin, he was a U.S. senator for 18 years.
Now, a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives threatens those memories. H.R. 4089 is a sneak attack on wilderness disguised as a pro-hunting bill.
In order to do that, Congress needs to step up.
And thanks to Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, this gem is on its way to permanent protection with the introduction of the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act (S. 2468).
The Wilderness Society strongly condemned the passage of the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act” (H.R. 4089) in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
In fact, it should be called the “Motorize Our Wilderness Areas Act,” for it would allow motorized access, road construction and even logging in designated Wilderness Areas.
Take action to stop this bill now.
Help! We just learned that the “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act” (H.R. 4089) is headed to the House floor today. This benign-sounding bill contains Trojan Horse language that would eviscerate the Wilderness Act of 1964.
April 2012 Update: The Motorize our Wilderness Areas Act was combined with other bills to comprise H.R. 4089 in the House of Representatives.