Caring citizens are at the heart of every successful effort to protect wild places.
In late 2013, New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico as a national monument. The legislation would protect nearly 500,000 acres of public land in Doña Ana County as a national monument with wilderness.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has released his long-awaited legislation on the Oregon and California Lands issues. The bill, while not perfect, strives to balance conservation and timber interests.
Take action: Urge your members of Congress to support more wilderness protections this year!
On March 4, Congress passed legislation protecting the Sleeping Bear Dunes as wilderness in Michigan—a powerful example of bipartisanship. Throughout the year, Congress has the chance to add to this success by safeguarding more of our country’s wild landscapes.
Still pending are over 20 other wilderness bills, many of which enjoy support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Areas within the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, Hermosa Creek in Colorado, and the Alpine Lakes in Washington are just a few of the wild places awaiting the gold standard of protection.
Please ask your members of Congress to help move wilderness legislation forward.
In this year, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Congress has a remarkable opportunity to add to our nation’s wilderness legacy. Send your letter today!