From The Mountaineers blog (2/22)
“Earlier this month the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act passed the US House of Representatives. This incredible Act includes the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, protecting over 100,000 acres around the Olympic National Park where outdoor enthusiasts, including Mountaineers, hike, camp, backpack, and more.
This kind of package doesn’t get passed without support from our community and coalition partners, and with your help we have taken a big step toward protecting the areas we love to explore and recreate! The next stop for this bill? The US Senate!
Please take a moment to ask your Senators to support the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act.
This is their draft letter to send when you click above:
Senators Cantwell and Murray,
Subject: Support for Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
email message: As an avid outdoor enthusiast who personally takes time to enjoy our nation’s public lands and waters, I thank you for your leadership in prioritizing efforts to protect and conserve Washington’s outdoors. I was pleased to see introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (S. 1382 and H.R. 2642) this Congress and thrilled to see the bill will be voted on this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. I ask for your continued leadership to work with your colleagues to pass this legislation. Washington’s Olympic Peninsula has so many great rivers worth protecting and I appreciate all you have done to recognize the importance of these natural resources for the citizens and visitors to our state.
I thank you for your support and leadership in passing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act this Congress (Public Law 116-9). This bipartisan success demonstrates the opportunity to continue efforts to protect our public lands and waters while enhancing the opportunity to enjoy them.
We have an opportunity to build on this legacy of conservation and stewardship of public lands. I ask for your leadership in advancing legislation to establish additional protections including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (S. 1382 and H.R. 2642); Colorado Wilderness Act of 2020 (H.R. 2546); Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act (S. 1110 and H.R. 2250 ); Central Coast Heritage Protection Act (S. 1111 and H.R. 2199); Rim of the Valley (H.R. 1708) and San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act (S. 1109 and H.R. 2215).
Thank you so much for your consideration.
We encourage the public and outdoor recreation businesses to have your voice heard.
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.