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« on: December 19, 2007, 01:36:55 pm »

This is a place holder for the 2008 Wilderness Bills that are in legislation at the present time.

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007, 12:47:00 am »

These are most of the current wilderness bills in congress.
Let your representative know what you think of these, and your position.

ALASKA: Alaska Rainforest Conservation Act (H.R. 3757)
Introduced on October 4 by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), this bill proposes to designate wilderness on the Tongass National Forest. Stretched along the inside passage of southeast Alaska, the Tongass is the crown jewel of the National Forest System and a remote coastal temperate rainforest of towering old growth hemlock, spruce and cedar trees, fog draped mountains, rocky islands, magnificent glaciers, salmon-choked rivers, and grizzly-filled wild lands. The bill, which has been referred to House Committee on Natural Resources, currently has 43 co-sponsors.

ALASKA: Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act (H.R. 39 / S. 2316)
The Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act would designate the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the measure in the House on 1/4/07. The bill, which has been referred to House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, currently has 146 co-sponsors. On November 8, Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) introduced the Senate version of this bill, which has 25 co-sponsors. The bill was referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

ARIZONA: Tumacacori Highlands Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3287)
On August 1, 2007, Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced in the House legislation to expand southern Arizona’s Pajarita Wilderness and designate the Tumacacori Highlands in the Coronado National Forest as wilderness. The proposed wilderness would total 83,300 acres. The bill had a hearing in the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on November 13.

CALIFORNIA: California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act (H.R. 3682 / S. 2109)
On September 27, Representative Mary Bono (R-CA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act. The legislation proposes to designate over 190,000 acres of wilderness, add new areas to the Santa Rosa National Monument, and designate 31 miles of Wild and Scenic River. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation on November 13.

CALIFORNIA: California Wild Heritage Act of 2007 (H.R. 860 / S.493)
This bill, introduced on 2/6/07 in the House by Rep. Solis (D-CA) and in the Senate by Sen. Boxer (D-CA), would designate over 2.4 million acres of Wilderness and segments of Wild and Scenic Rivers in California. The measure has been referred to the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

CALIFORNIA: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3022 / S.1774)
On 7/12/07, Senator Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Costa (D-CA) introduced legislation to designate the John Krebbs Wilderness and to make additions to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park Wilderness totaling nearly 115,000 acres. The bill was referred the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation on October 30.

COLORADO: Colorado Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3756)
The bill would designate nearly 1.6 million acres of Wilderness in western Colorado on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and some adjacent National Forest Service lands. The bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on 10/04/07 and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

COLORADO: Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness and Indian Peaks Wilderness Expansion Act (H.R. 2334 / S.1380)
The bill would designate nearly 250,000 acres of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) as wilderness – approximately 94 percent of the land in the Park and to adjust the boundaries of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Arapaho National Recreation Area. Much of the Park was recommended for wilderness protection in the early 1970s and has been managed to preserve its wilderness character for the past 30 years. Reps. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) introduced legislation on May 15, 2007. Senators Ken Salazar (D-CO) and Wayne Allard (R-CO) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. A hearing was held in the Senate subcommittee on National Parks in July. The House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on November 13.

GEORGIA: Chattahoochee National Forest Act of 2007 (H.R. 707)
On January 29, 2007, Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) introduced the Chattahoochee National Forest Act of 2007 (H.R. 707), a bill that would establish the 13,382-acre Mountaintown National Scenic Area and would further protect 8,448 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest through Wilderness designations. The bill was referred to the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

IDAHO: Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (H.R. 222)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) introduced the Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act (H.R. 222) on 1/4/07. The measure includes a number of titles dealing with the designation of more than 300,000 acres in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds mountains as Wilderness, small land conveyances, authorization of grants for rural economic development, and continued motorized recreation opportunities, among other provisions. The bill has been referred to the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

IDAHO: Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act (S. 802)
On March 7, 2007, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Owyhee Initiative Implementation Act. The legislation would permanently protect 517,000 acres of Wilderness, safeguard almost 400 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and addresses a broad spectrum of complicated Owyhee County public land issues. The bill has been referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

NEW MEXICO: Sabinoso Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 2632)
Representative Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Sabinoso Wilderness Act on June 11. This legislation would designate almost 19,880 acres of wilderness in northern New Mexico. The area is one of the best examples of great-plains ecosystem left in the state. Sabinoso is an ecological jewel, rising 1,110 feet from the surrounding plains, the area has colorful cliffs at the top of long, deep canyons. The House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the legislation on November 13.

NORTHERN ROCKIES: Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (H.R. 1975)
This measure - introduced by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) on 4/20/07 - would designate over 22 million acres of wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, national park and preserve study areas, wild land recovery areas, and biological connecting corridors on certain public lands in the States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The bill currently has 115 House co-sponsors and was referred to the House subcommittee on Natural Resources.

OREGON: Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2007 (S. 647)
On 2/15/07, Senators Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith introduced the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act of 2007 (S. 647) to permanently protect nearly 129,000 acres of wilderness on Mount Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge. Their proposal also would grant Wild and Scenic River protections to an additional 79.6 miles of rivers in Oregon and create more than 34,000 acres of Mount Hood National Recreation Areas, which would provide access for mountain biking and other diverse recreational opportunities, while allowing forest health projects to be completed where necessary. On May 3, 2007, a hearing was held on the bill by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

OREGON: Copper Salmon Wilderness Act (S. 2034 / H.R. 3513)
This measure was introduced on September 10, 2007, by Senator Wyden (D-OR) and Representative DeFazio (D-OR). Their proposal would designate 13,700 acres as the Copper Salmon Wilderness and would designate segments of the North and South Forks of the Elk River as Wild and Scenic Rivers. A hearing was held in the Senate subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests on September 20, 2007. The House subcommittee on Natural Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on the bill on November 13.

OREGON: Soda Mountain Wilderness Act (S. 2379)
On November 16, Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Smith (R-OR) introduced legislation to designate the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The Soda Mountain area in southwestern Oregon is an ecological mosaic where the state’s eastern desert meets towering fir forests. The legislation would designate approximately 23,000 acres of the backcountry of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument as wilderness.

UTAH: America's Red Rock Wilderness Act (H.R. 1919 / S. 1170)
On 4/18/07, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to permanently preserve roughly 9.5 million acres of exceptionally wild and rare public lands on the Colorado Plateau and in the Great Basin – southern Utah’s famous redrock country. The bills were referred to the House Resources Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee respectively. The measure currently has 152 co-sponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate.

VIRGINIA: Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007 (H.R. 1011 / S. 570)
On 2/13/07, Senator John Warner (R-VA) and Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) introduced the Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007. The measure would protect nearly 43,000 acres of the Jefferson National Forest in southwestern Virginia as wilderness and nearly 12,000 acres as scenic areas. In total, the bill would designate seven new wilderness areas, add to existing wilderness areas, and create two new National Scenic Areas. The bills were referred to the House subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry, the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On May 10, the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing. In late June, the House Natural Resources Committee approved this legislation and in September the House Agricultural Committee, which has joint jurisdiction over the measure, held a hearing on the legislation. On October 23, the House approved the legislation in a floor vote.

WASHINGTON: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Wild Pratt River Act (H.R. 4113)
On November 8, Congressman Reichert (R-WA) introduced the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Wild Pratt River Act (H.R. 4113) that would designate more than 22,000 acres of wilderness adjacent to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and protect nearly 10 miles of the Pratt River as a Wild and Scenic River. The bill was referred to the House subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

WASHINGTON: Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2007 (H.R. 886 / S. 520)
This bill would protect approximately 106,000 acres in the Wild Sky region in Washington’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as Wilderness. On 2/7/07, the measure was introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA). The bill was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources respectively. The House approved the bill on 4/17/07. On June 28, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approved the Wild Sky Wilderness Act.
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