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  1. KaiserM715

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    Bill reintroduced that would close off 23 million acres to OHV users in western states

    Contact your representative today!



    On Feb. 13, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 996, the National Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. This legislation, previously introduced in 2010 and 2013, would inappropriately designate as federal Wilderness 23 million acres in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
    This Wilderness designation would make the land off-limits to off-highway-vehicle riders.
    The bill’s current sponsor and cosponsors do not represent any citizens in the affected areas. In fact, the bill’s sponsor represents residents of New York City.
    Please fill out the form below and click the red “Submit” button to let your representative know that you oppose this inappropriate action.
    The AMA supports the designation of Wilderness that meets the strict criteria set forth in the Wilderness Act of 1964. However, many of the 23 million acres in question do not meet the strict definition of Wilderness established by Congress in 1964. In fact, Maloney’s press release says the bill would provide for restoring habitat that was damaged by roads – existing roads that serve local communities.
    Additionally, Maloney contends that the adoption of the act would create 2,300 jobs in the region and save the federal government millions in maintenance costs.
    Numerous studies have been conducted that indicate that properly managed public lands are essential to mitigating wildfire risks and that Wilderness designations cost local economies jobs and tax revenue.
    The motorcycling community must remain vigilant and stop H.R. 996 in its tracks. This bill already has 31 cosponsors in the U.S. House.
    If this bill is signed into law, the effect on the OHV community would be devastating for generations. Please contact your representative right away and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 996 so future generations of OHV enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy the public lands in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
    Thousands of riders like you join the AMA to unite for a common goal – to protect our freedom to ride. As an AMA member, you will stand with hundreds of thousands of advocates nationwide fighting anti-motorcycling forces that threaten our right to ride and race. That’s why the AMA is where you belong. Visit www.AMAJoin.com or call (800) AMA-JOIN today.
     
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    Bill Summary & Status - 114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - H.R.996 - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

    The text of the bill isn't even available yet. Pretty ridiculous when a bill has 31 co-sponsors already and I can't even see what's in it! The short introduction my Maloney is not good. It says that ALL inventoried roadless areas will be included as wilderness. This we need to stop asap!

    Here's your 31 cosponsors: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:HR00996:@@@P
    Rep Bass, Karen [CA-37] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Beatty, Joyce [OH-3] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Clark, Katherine M. [MA-5] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-9] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-14] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 2/13/2015
    Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Grayson, Alan [FL-9] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-5] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Meng, Grace [NY-6] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Pocan, Mark [WI-2] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Rice, Kathleen M. [NY-4] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-7] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] - 2/13/2015
    Rep Watson Coleman, Bonnie [NJ-12] - 2/13/2015

    Introductory Remarks from Maloney: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r114:2:./temp/~r11444NPcH::

    INTRODUCTION OF THE NORTHERN ROCKIES ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION ACT -- (Extensions of Remarks - February 13, 2015)

    [Page: E218] GPO's PDF

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    SPEECH OF
    HON. CAROLYN B. MALONEY
    OF NEW YORK
    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

    Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, the destruction caused by natural disasters across the country affirms the need to address climate change. Conservation efforts that protect wildlife ecosystems help to mitigate these climate concerns as well as provide lands for all Americans to enjoy.

    Today, I am proud to introduce legislation that helps preserve the northern Rockies--one of our country's vital environmental regions. The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act will safeguard 23 million acres by establishing a system to connect biological corridors on public lands in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington. It prioritizes the health of whole ecosystems by designating all of the inventoried roadless areas as wilderness, including wild and scenic rivers. This designation helps ensure the preservation of native plants and animals.

    It's our responsibility to preserve our country's natural treasures for our own and future generations. I thank my colleague Public Lands Subcommittee Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva for his longstanding support. I urge others to join us in helping to protect these public lands.
     
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    Rep Lummis just got an email.
     
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    I'll have to send one off to my rep
     
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    I'm glad to see some more folks take an interest in the land access issues that affect us all.
     
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