Utah Wilderness Bill to Go Before Congress
We have been warning you and thousands of others that this day would come. On October 1, 2009 a congressional committee will consider a wilderness bill that would turn 9.4 million acres of Utah public land into congressionally designated wilderness. This is a major step towards the closing of nearly 40% of all the land that BLM manages in Utah. This may seem surreal but it is actually happening. We must stop this bill. With your help we can do it. Please read this email in entirety, forward it to friends, and act on its call for help. With enough of you getting involved we guarantee we can either stop this bill or minimize the damage that it will cause.
The Deseret News printed this article this morning: House panel to consider bill on Utah wilderness.
If you would like to read the bill in it's entirety go here: Library of Congress H.R. 1925.
If you would like to read the propaganda from our opposition and the main proponents of the bill go here www.suwa.org. Be sure to take some anti-nausea medication these guys spin things pretty hard.
Utah Shared Access Alliance
What is Wilderness Designations
Wilderness Isn't some cute fuzzy term that means wild places and the great out of doors. It is a legal term and formal designation that means a place where man has no lasting impact or signs and where man is very limited to where he can go and what he can do. This means NO motorized OR mechanized access. That means even Mountain bikes are not allowed. Don't believe me? check out this sign I personally took a picture of: NO MOUNTAIN BIKES. It really means no management. It means no development. In some remote places this may be a good thing. In Utah BLM manages about 22 million acres and if 9.4 of them are locked up in wilderness it means the public can forget about using and fully enjoying over 40% of the mostly desert land that BLM manages. NONE of Utah's congressmen or senators support this bill. BLM itself has recommended to congress 1.9 million acres be designated. But the environmentalists don't care. They are asking for more than 400% more acres! I'm sure the mountain areas will be the next target of these greedy groups. To learn more about wilderness go to this article written by one of our board members: The Truth About Wilderness
You can also find some wilderness stats here under the Utah Facts button go to the right column for a number of interesting documents on wilderness.
YOU Can Fight Back
Get On Board the Stop SUWA Express
Unlike our opposition we don't use scare tactics and lies to compel people to action. We have been warning people about this for years and more intently since the Obama administration took control. We are going to lay this out in plain terms. IF YOU DON'T GET INVOLVED RIGHT NOW AS IN TODAY THERE WILL BE 40% LESS LAND AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO ACCESS WITHIN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. If we don't combat this aggressive attack on our access WE...NO... YOU WILL LOSE. The threat and danger of loosing access to millions of acres of land has never been more real and imminent. So please take this warning VERY seriously. If you care you must get involved. Other things can wait, this really cannot.
Here is the brutal truth about what needs to be done.
We need to get the word out about this to everyone and anyone who cares like all of us do. We need to send people to Washington to if possible testify in this committee hearing. We need to be able to tell our side of the story to anyone in congress who will listen. We need to unite and direct the energies and voices of tens of thousands of Utahans and other Americans.
To do these things will take serious commitment, which we have. It will take expertise and know how, which we also have. It will take some time, we have very little but we can make do. It will take serious cash, which we don't have. And lastly it will take thousands of active individuals, which we need many more.
How can you help:
1- Donate as much money as you can to help us battle this bill.
2- Pressure your friends and all you know to donate and join USA-ALL.
3- If you have any expertise or other ways to help, give us a call
4-Be ready to act when we ask. Calling legislators, writing letters, etc. Let us focus your efforts where they will be most effective.
I am sure many of you are sick of hearing us beg for money. Believe me I am sick of begging. But this really is a defining do or die moment. We can't fight multiple multi million dollar environmental organizations on guts and determination alone, in many ways thats what we have been doing. We also can't wait until the second before this bill goes to vote before the whole congress. We must fight it now. We need a serious injection of cash. we will use it judiciously and effectively. Your donations are also tax deductible. Is $50 too much to ask to donate, what about $100? Our annual membership is only $30. What is access to 9.4 million acres of Utah public land worth to you? What can you give? We appreciate every dollar donated.
To our existing members who faithfully donate what they can every year, "THANK YOU!" We expect nothing more than your continued support. There are thousands more who receive this same email that have never given us a penny. We hope to gain the support of those who have not in the past.
About Our Organization
We were formed specifically to stop SUWA from closing land to motorized access. We have been established since 1998. We represent ALL forms of motorized access. We have a small fulltime staff and many volunteers. We rely soley on donations to operate.
Utah Shared Access Alliance
PO BOX 50592
Provo, Utah 84605-0592
Utah Shared Access Alliance
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