2006 resolution #14
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SUPPORT A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON DAMAGING PUBLIC LANDS BILLS OSTENSIBLY PROMOTING WILDERNESS PROTECTION
To date, there are three bills that have attracted the most attention and opposition. They include:
-- the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (H.R. 3603);The list of damaging provisions in these "quid pro quo" bills is very long. Some of the most harmful include:
-- more than 75,000 acres of public land will be given away or sold to private developers or local governments; numerous pipelines, roads, ATV play areas, and other destructive developments will be authorized in several states;A broad coalition of public lands organizations is circulating an open letter to fellow conservationists and members of Congress calling for a temporary moratorium on pushing these damaging public lands bills. It has been endorsed by more than 50 organizations in its first week of circulation. We currently face one of the most anti-environment, anti-wilderness Congresses in recent memory-one that demands a very high price to pass wilderness bills. However, there is a strong likelihood that the upcoming election will significantly change the makeup of Congress, putting more wilderness and public lands-friendly members in charge of environmental legislation. A temporary moratorium would take advantage of these potential changes in Congress.
The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs supports the call for a temporary moratorium on pursuing the above-mentioned (H.R. 3603, H.R. 5769, and S. 3636, and S. 3794) damaging public lands bills in Congress.
[contact: Joe Fontaine, email@example.com]
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