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Got some more info and congressman contact from Chris (Vargas),
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2. IDAHO, WASHINGTON AND CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS BILLS - PLEASE HELP TO PROTECT OUR HISTORICAL ACCESS

In June 2002, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) introduced the Southern California Wild Heritage Act (HR3325), and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced the Northern California Wild Heritage Act (HR1501). These bills, combined with other wilderness bills being submitted in the Senate by Senator Barbara Boxer, will designate 2.5 million acres of forest as Wilderness, which bans mountain biking. This will ban us from many popular trails in Northern California.

Congressman Mike Simpson is also preparing to introduce legislation to designate 250,000 acres of Wilderness in central Idaho. Proposed areas contain popular trails that could result in a net loss of 85 miles of high mountain singletrack.

The House Resources Committee will also be accepting public comments on the Washington Wild Sky Wilderness bill.

Please email Congressman Richard Pombo:

[email protected]

Chairman of the House Resources Committee and put as the subject "Oppose California, Idaho and Washington Wilderness Bills" and begin the email with "Dear Congressman Pombo"

and email the Resources committee as a whole:

[email protected]

and put as the subject "Oppose California, Idaho and Washington Wilderness Bills" and begin the email with "Dear Committee members."

Give a personal introduction about yourself and your use of the forest. State you oppose the California Wilderness Bills (HR3325) and (HR1501), the proposed Idaho Wilderness bill and the proposed Washington Wild Sky Wilderness bill; then make the following points:

1. Mountain biker's support wise management of our public lands but Wilderness is not the designation to be used to achieve this goal.

2. Workable alternatives include protection areas and improved national conservation areas.

3. The NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act of 1969) process offers protection. The purposes of this Act are: To declare a national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation; and to establish a Council on Environmental Quality.

4. The ESA (Endangered Species Act of 1973) offers protection. Section 2 of the act states in part "The Congress finds and declares that-

(1) various species of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States have been rendered extinct as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation;
(2) other species of fish, wildlife, and plants have been so depleted in numbers that they are in danger of or threatened with extinction;
(3) these species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of aesthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people;
(4) the United States has pledged itself as a sovereign state in the international community to conserve to the extent practicable the various species of fish or wildlife and plants facing extinction..."

5. The Clean Water Act also offers protection. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to enactment of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. As amended in 1977, this law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act. The Act established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States. It gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. The Clean Water Act also continued requirements to set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters. The Act made it unlawful for any person to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions. It also funded the construction of sewage treatment plants under the construction grants program and recognized the need for planning to address the critical problems posed by nonpoint source pollution.

6. Mountain bikers contribute to the local economies when they travel to these places to ride the trails (Ketchum is an example of what mountain bike tourism can do for an area in terms of economic benefits)

Please phone, fax or email:
U.S. Representative Richard Pombo
Chairman of the House Resources Committee
2495 W. March Lane, Suite 104
Stockton, CA 95207

Tel: (209) 951-3091
Fax: (209) 951-1910

Email:

Put as the subject "Oppose California, Idaho and Washington Wilderness Bills" and begin the email with "Dear Congressman Pombo"

[email protected]

Please also send an email to the House Resources committee and put as the subject "Oppose California, Idaho and Washington Wilderness Bills" and begin the email with "Dear Committee members."

[email protected]
 
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