Saturday, April 4, 2009

From Earthjustice, Because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Thank Congress for 2 Million Acres of Wilderness

Bridger-Teton National Forest, in the Wyoming Range, is among the lands now protected.
Take Action Today!
Dear EW Readers
Please join with us in applause for what Congress has done to permanently protect millions of acres of American wildlands—including such special places as Mineral King, Mt. Hood and the Wyoming Range.
Signed by President Obama earlier this week, the powerful Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 is one of the great wilderness preservation acts of our time, and Congress deserves our thanks for passing it.
Take action now by sending your members of Congress a message of gratitude.
And while you are at it, take time to thank yourself for helping make this happen. The Earthjustice legal team—empowered by your support—fought for years to keep two of these remarkable land areas free from destructive exploitation.
Earthjustice, and the right of citizens to use court action in defense of the environment, were born in the 1970's during the fight to keep Mineral King from being turned into a ski resort by Disney. Congress now has assured that development of this Sierra jewel will never occur.
Nor will the Wyoming Range be turned over to oil and gas development, as the Bush administration tried to do during its reign. Located in the Rocky Mountains just south of Grand Teton National Park, the range was threatened by a plan to unleash drillers on 175,000 acres of national forest lands, including 90,000 acres of pristine roadless areas. Earthjustice attorneys stalled this onerous plan long enough for the new Congress to enwrap 1.2 million acres of the Wyoming Range with protection.
If you are grinning like we are at the happy ending to this story, please take time now to thank those members of Congress who made it come true.

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