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BRC Encourages Members to Support Wsa Release Legislation

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Greg Mumm, BRC Executive Director

- Phone: 208-244-2112

- Fax: 208-237-9424

- Email: brgreg@sharetrails.org

- Webpage: http://www.sharetrails.org/staff/#GregM

Date: 05/10/2011

WASHINGTON DC (May 10) - The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail-based recreation group, announced today that it supports legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Kevin McCarthy (CA), Rob Bishop (UT), Steve Pearce (R-NM) and 19 other U.S. Representatives that would solve some of the more contentious public lands battles affecting recreationists.

Currently, federal land mangers are managing millions of acres of Wilderness Study Areas (WSA) and Recommended Wilderness Areas (RWA) in a sort of management limbo. Essentially, most of these lands are managed as "de-facto wilderness" even though Congress has not yet actually designated them as such.

This legislation, HR1581, would get Congress off the dime, so to speak, and release Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) and Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRAs) that have been recommended by their managing agencies, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service, respectively, as not suitable for wilderness,. The legislation would also prohibit the BLM from conducting a never-ending, ongoing Wilderness inventory and review known as "Wild Lands." The BlueRibbon Coalition announced today that it is encouraging its members nationwide to support this effort.

Representative Kevin McCarthy's press release can be viewed here.

A fact sheet on the bill provided by Rep. McCarthy's office can be viewed here.

List of Co Sponsors is here.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org BlueRibbonCoalition?d=qj6IDK7rITs

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