Thanks to everyone's great work this year, we have been successful in building support for the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2007 in both the House and Senate. The House version, led by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA), Christopher Shays (R-CT), George Miller (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), now enjoys almost 150 bipartisan cosponsors. The Senate version, led by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and John Warner (R-VA) has 20 bipartisan cosponsors.
In an effort to continue to build on this support, we would like to ask your help in contacting Members of Congress before they go home to their districts for the holiday recess. Members of Congress must be urged to support this vital conservation measure that would permanently protect 58.5 million acres of pristine forest lands in 39 states, including 9.3 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
By the end of the year, the Bush administration is expected to announce comment periods for two state specific federal rule making processes â one in Colorado and one in Idaho â that would weaken protections currently in place under the 2001 Roadless Rule. These roadless petitions threaten some our nation's most treasured public lands and could set a dangerous precedent for other states to follow. Your help is needed to urge Members of Congress to permanently protect our nations' last remaining roadless lands.
We would like to invite organizations and individuals around the country to participate in a national Holiday Call in Day to Support Roadless Area Protection on Thursday, December 13. The message is to urge Members of Congress to become cosponsors of the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2007.
Ask Your Member of Congress to Give a Gift of Roadless Protection
Call your Representative and Senators on December 13 and ask them to make a holiday gift to our national forests by cosponsoring the Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2007. You can reach your Members of Congress by calling the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.