Michael Garrity, Executive Director, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, (406) 459-5936
Helen Yost or Gary Macfarlane, Friends of the Clearwater, (208) 882-9755
Washington, D.C. – Today, pop music legend Carole King joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and RaÃºl Grijalva (D-AZ) in announcing the introduction of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). NREPA would protect some of America’s most beautiful and ecologically important lands while saving taxpayers’ money and creating jobs.
“Many of America’s most precious natural resources and wildlife are found in the Northern Rockies,” said Rep. Maloney. “NREPA would help protect those resources by drawing wilderness boundaries according to science, not politics. NREPA would also help reduce global warming by protecting the corridors through which vulnerable wildlife can migrate to cooler areas.”
“I am proud to cosponsor this legislation to protect the Northern Rocky Mountains, one of America’s great natural areas,” said Rep. Grijalva. “A bold plan is needed to preserve and protect what remains of the Lewis and Clark legacy, and this bill would do just that.”
“NREPA protects land and water belonging to all Americans, mitigates the effects of global warming on species, saves taxpayers millions of dollars and creates jobs. If not now, when?” asked Carole King.
Grizzly bears, caribou, elk, bison, wolves, bull trout and salmon still thrive in the Northern Rockies. The bill seeks to safeguard both these species and the lands on which they live. The Northern Rockies is the only place in the lower 48 states where native species and wildlife are protected on lands that are virtually unchanged since Lewis and Clark saw them.
Michael Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies said, “NREPA creates 2300 badly needed jobs now by employing people to restore over a million acres of old clearcuts and remove old logging roads. NREPA also would formally designate as wilderness all 24 million acres of inventoried roadless areas in the Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington.”
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The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act:
- Designates as wilderness 24 million acres of ecosystems and watersheds in the Northern Rockies;
- Connects natural, biological corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of global warming;
- Restores habitat that has been severely damaged from roads that were built, creating more than 2,300 jobs and leading to a more sustainable economic base in the region;
- Keeps water available for ranchers and farmers downstream until it is most needed; and
- Eliminates subsidized development in the designated wilderness areas, saving taxpayers $245 million over a 10-year period.