PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE WILDERNESS ACT

Target: Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton

Action: Call Senator Gardner and Representative Tipton and ask them to preserve the integrity of the Wilderness Act by opposing S. 2877 in the Senate (Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act) and H.R. 1349 in the House (amendment to the Wilderness Act).

Tipton: (970) 241-2499 (Grand Junction) or (202) 225-4761 (D.C.).
Gardner: (970) 245-9553 (Grand Junction) or (202) 224-5941 (D.C.).

Key Messages:

For Tipton:
I am calling to ask Congressman Tipton to oppose H.R. 1349 (an amendment to the Wilderness Act), which would remove protections for Wilderness Areas by allowing numerous forms of mechanized travel in designated Wilderness.

85% of public lands in Colorado are available for mountain biking. Opening up Wilderness Areas to bikes is not necessary and would only cause tremendous ecological harm and significant management challenges.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) currently allows for the use of wheelchairs in designated Wilderness, as it has for more than a quarter-century. The assertion that the Wilderness Act needs to be amended in order to allow wheelchairs into Wilderness is cynical and disingenuous.

Thank you for your past work to protect Wilderness in the Hermosa Creek watershed. I am counting on you to continue your support of Wilderness by opposing H.R. 1349 and any other legislation that would modify or undermine the Wilderness Act.

For Gardner:
I am calling to ask Senator Gardner to oppose S. 2877, the “Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act”, which would remove protections for Wilderness Areas by allowing numerous forms of mechanized travel in designated Wilderness.

85% of public lands in Colorado are available for mountain biking. Opening up Wilderness Areas to bikes is not necessary and would only cause tremendous ecological harm and significant management challenges.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) currently allows for the use of wheelchairs in designated Wilderness, as it has for more than a quarter-century. The assertion that the Wilderness Act needs to be amended in order to allow wheelchairs into Wilderness is cynical and disingenuous.

You have said that “we must be good stewards of our natural environment, [including] being responsible for the lands placed into parks, historic sites and trails, monuments, and recreation areas”. Wilderness designations are a key tool in protecting certain areas from over-use and over-development in order to preserve their ecological value. Please oppose S. 2877 and any other legislation that would modify or undermine the Wilderness Act.

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