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Interior Department soliciting Wilderness proposals from lawmakers
Voice your opinion to your lawmakers today!



On June 10, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar announced in a letter that he will solicit recommendations from members of Congress about potential new Wilderness designations in their states and district, which will then be submitted to Congress by October 15 for consideration. This announcement comes on the heels of the Secretary's June 1 memorandum directing the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey to not designate any lands as "Wild Lands." This memorandum reverses Secretarial Order 3310, hereon referred to as the "Order."

The Order, issued December 22, 2010, by Secretary Salazar, would have created a new land-use designation that essentially would have allowed BLM to manage public land as if it had received a "Wilderness" land-use designation from Congress, but without requiring congressional approval. This new policy, if remained in place, would have restricted responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding in the affected areas.

Secretary Salazar cited the passage of H.R. 1473, the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, which includes a provision (Section 1769) that prohibits the use of appropriated funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Order in Fiscal Year 2011 as his reason to reverse this policy.

On May 25, Representative Maurice Hinchey (NY) and 43 other colleagues sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their disappointment with his signing of H.R. 1473, which prohibits the BLM from implementing the Order, also known as the "wild lands policy."

To view Representative Hinchey's press release and who signed the letter, click here.

A Wilderness designation is one of the strictest forms of public land management. Once Congress designates an area as Wilderness, nearly all forms of non-pedestrian recreation are illegal. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) supports appropriate Wilderness designations that meet the criteria established by Congress in 1964, but anti-access advocates have been abusing the legislative process to ban responsible motorized recreation on public land.

Federal lawmakers called the "Wild Lands" policy a "land grab" and a blatant attempt to usurp congressional authority. The AMA sent a letter, dated January11, 2011, to Secretary Salazar asking him to explain whether the new "Wild Lands" land-use designation will block traditional routes of travel for off-highway riding. To view the letter, click here. To view the BLMs response, click here.

The reversal of the Order is a major victory for responsible OHV riders and others concerned about appropriate access to public land. Anti-access groups will continue to push for legislation to inappropriately close off millions of acres of public land to OHVs. Not only are BLM lands under attack by these groups, but U.S. Forest Service land as well. Therefore, the riding community must remain vigilant.

"To thank the Secretary for his decision to reverse the Order, click here". (DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT DOING THIS PART UNLESS YOU USE THE LETTER GENERATOR FOR GOOD BY DEMANDING THE RETURN OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS AND REASONABLE MOTORIZED ACCESS TO THEM)

The AMA needs its members and others to send a message to their federal lawmakers that all Wilderness proposals submitted to the Secretary meet the criteria established by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. You can follow the "Take Action" option to send a pre-written e-mail directly to your Representative and Senators.

View all embedded links and TAKE ACTION here . . . American Motorcyclist Association


PLEASE "BUMP" THIS FOR OTHER FORUM MEMBERS WHEN YOU'VE TAKEN ACTION!


Here's a list of all the pukes who support S.O. 3310, SaladCzar's "Wild Lands" order, issued December 22, 2010 while Legislators were away on Christmas break.

Rep. Maurice Hinchey
Rep. Gerald Connolly
Rep. Martin Heinrich
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. Janice Schakowsky
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Rep. Jared Polis
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
Rep. John Olver
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Donna Christensen
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Charles Rangel
Rep. Steve Cohen
Rep. Jerrold Nadler
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Rush Holt
Rep. Laura Richardson
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Jackie Speier
Rep. Anna Eshoo
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Mazie Hirono
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Jose Serrano
Rep. Michael Honda
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Howard Berman
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. Corrine Brown
Rep. Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Elijah Cummings
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Rep. George Miller
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
Rep. Bill Pascrell
Rep. Jay Inslee
Rep. Paul Tonko
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. David Price
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