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Senate Companion to McCarthy Wilderness Study Release Bill Introduced

We Need Your Help to Enlist Cosponsors for S. 1087!

As you will recall, U.S. Representative and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced H.R. 1581, the “Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act of 2011,” in April.  Now Senator Barrasso (R-WY) has introduced identical companion legislation (S. 1087) in the Senate.  These important draft bills would release all Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) that have been recommended or evaluated as not suitable for wilderness by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the U.S. Forest Service from restrictive management practices and direct that they be managed for multiple use, including recreation. 

As it stands, the BLM currently manages nearly 7 million acres of WSAs as de facto wilderness despite the fact the BLM itself has already determined these areas are not suitable for wilderness designation by Congress.  The situation with the Forest Service is even worse, as access is restricted to over 36 million acres of IRAs that have been deemed unsuitable for ultimate designation as wilderness.  Current law and regulation dictate that these lands must be managed to protect wilderness characteristics.  S. 1087 would release these areas from restrictive management and require the agencies to ensure increased access.

Please click the Send Message button below to send an email encouraging your Senators to sign on as cosponsors of S. 1087.

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Please Cosponsor S. 1087

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent and a member of Americans for Responsible Recreational Access I write to urge you to cosponsor S. 1087, the "Wilderness & Roadless Area Release Act of 2011." This legislation is very important to me and millions of American families who enjoy outdoor recreation.



As it stands, the BLM currently manages nearly 7 million acres of WSAs as de facto wilderness despite the fact the BLM itself has already determined these areas are not suitable for wilderness designation by Congress. The situation with the Forest Service is even worse, as access is restricted to over 36 million acres of IRAs that have been deemed unsuitable for ultimate designation as wilderness. Current law and regulation dictate that these lands must be managed to protect wilderness characteristics. Senator Barrasso's bill would release these areas from restrictive management and require the agencies to ensure increased access.

Thank you for your consideration.

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

 

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