Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.
- Wallace Stegner
More than half of our National Forests have been directly impacted by oil and gas drilling, mining, and logging."The more than 380,000 miles of roads that scar our National Forests -- roads built for the logging industry and paid for by our tax dollars -- have destroyed wildlife habitat, caused mudslides and polluted our water" (Source: The Sierra Club)
There are three major campaigns going on RIGHT NOW to protect what remains of major natural areas. YOU can help!
The Forest Service is now reviewing over a million comments they received regarding a plan to protest roadless areas. Their plan, called the Wild Forest Protection Plan, could protect 60 million acres of our last pristine wild forests.
However, the Forest Service's preferred plan does not end logging in unspoiled forest areas, it only prevents roadbuilding. The plan also leaves out the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The Tongass is the America's largest national forest and the largest temperate rainforest remaining on earth.
In just seconds you can let your voice be heard by President Clinton and the Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman.
There is a bill being considered Congress called the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (H.R. 488). The bill would set aside up to 18 million new acres of official Wilderness in the region. In a really smart move, the bill would also create bridges of protected land to connect wild lands that are currently isolated. These are important to help grizzly bears and elk herds, and many other animals and even plants. The bill would also create millions of acres of new National Park and Preserve study areas.
Make sure YOUR representative supports this bill!
And would opening up the Refuge to drilling help with the fuel crisis anyway? Do we need the Artic Refuge so we can drive to work? The truth is drilling in the Arctic Refuge would do very little, if anything, to affect our energy prices or security. The amount of oil the U.S. Geological Survey estimates could be recovered from the Arctic Refuge would amount to less than a six-month supply for American consumers (no more than 2% of U.S. demand). The oil would provide no more than a blip on the global oil market and would have almost no impact on the price of oil.
The Refuge does not currently have wilderness protection. But it would also be protected if President Clinton designates the Refuge as a National Monument. But he's not likely to do that unless he hears from a lot of people like YOU! It's his call, but your call to him will make the difference. Call the White house toll free at (888)750-4897, or send him a message right now!
It would be impossible for us to experience what Lewis and Clark did on their travels westward, or even what the pioneers did on the Oregon Trail. But there are still many wild places where we can get a taste for what it might have been like and live in peace with nature and experience its wonders. Think of yourself and the places you might like to go one day. Think of the places you might want to take your own children some day. Now take a couple minutes to show your support for the Wild Forest Protection Plan, the Northern Rockies Protection Act, and the Arctive National Wildlife Refuge. You'll be glad you did, and so will you kids, and your kids' kids, and your kids' kids' kids…
Neda - A Toyota Tercel named Turkey on the trail of Lewis & Clark