Blue Ribbon Coalition Alert!



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  • Bryan Bosch

Posted February 21, 2003 - 05:58 PM

#1

*** BLUERIBBON ALERT *** BLUERIBBON ALERT *** BLUERIBBON ALERT *** YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED ON I-90 WILDERNESS
STUDY

Dear Subscriber:

For all of you that are unfamiliar with
what the I-90 Wilderness Study will
include, or should I say what areas
will be off-limits from you being able
to snowmobile in, please go to the link
below and read the I-90 Wilderness
Study document. The bottom line is,
Lake Ann and Van Epps areas north of
Cle Elum will be closed to snowmobiling
if this proposal is approved. This area
is heavily used by snowmobilers from
all around the state and offers some of
the best backcountry snowmobiling in
the state. Although we should send our
comment letters to the forest service
to be included in their report, the
final decision will not be made by the
forest service. The Secretary of
Agriculture and Congress will decide if
and how this proposal is implemented.

Your letter at a minimum should state:

* You support Alternative 1, No Action.

* Study area 8 (Scatter), area 9 (Lake
Ann) and area 10 (Van Epps) have had
traditional and current heavy
snowmobile use and should be removed
from consideration as Wilderness
designation.

* Several of these study areas do not
meet the qualifications of Wilderness
designation.

* 45% of the 2.2 million acres that
make up Wenatchee National Forest is
currently Wilderness. Very few people
visit Wilderness areas, especially
during the winter months, per the
forest services own studies. 45% of the
land mass in WNF is enough Wilderness.

* There is no documented need for
additional Wilderness in Wenatchee
National Forest, in fact there is
evidence that the true need is for more
developed sites

* You would support this area being
classified with a new designation
called Backcountry Recreation as an
alternative to Wilderness. Refer to the
BlueRibbon Coalition web site for
additional information.
http://www.sharetrai...rg/index.cfm?pa
ge=39 .

We have included a sample letter at the
bottom of this note that you can use if
needed.

http://www.fs.fed.us...wenatchee/plann
ing/i-90-wilderness-study-deis.pdf

After you have read the above document,
you need to write a letter and send it
to the following people:

1) Send a copy to the forest service
at:

I-90 Wilderness Study Attn: Floyd
Rogalski frogalski@fs.fed.us 803 West
Second St. Cle Elum, WA 98922.

Comments must be postmarked by:
February 18, 2003

2) Send a copy of your letter to:

Ann Veneman ann.veneman@usda.gov
Secretary of Agriculture (The forest
service falls under this Department).

3) Send a copy of your letter to your
elected US House of Representative and
both US Senators. Look up your rep
here:

http://www.congress....congressorg/dbq
/officials/

SAMPLE LETTER:

Subject: I-90 Wilderness Study Report
and Draft Legislated Environmental
Impact Statement
http://www.fs.fed.us...wenatchee/plann
ing/DLEIS Transmittal-Letter.pdf

I support Alternative 1, No Action, for
the I-90 Wilderness Study Report and
Draft Legislated Environmental Impact
Statement. This alternative would
result in no Wilderness expansion. I
also do not feel that all of these
study areas meet the qualifications of
Wilderness designation. There is
significant snowmobile use in study
Area 8 (Scatter), study Area 9 (Lake
Ann) and study Area 10 (Van Epps).
During the winter months, snowmobile
use is the primary means of recreation
in these areas. It is very unusual to
see any foot traffic, due to their
distance from plowed roads. Wenatchee
National Forest (WNF) has approximately
1 million acres currently designated as
Wilderness. This amounts to about 45%
of the 2.2 million acres that make up
WNF. Few forest visitors currently use
Wilderness areas; this is especially
true during winter. Per the forest
service National Visitor Use Monitoring
(NVUM) study only 12% of WNF
recreationists visit the Wilderness,
even though the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
is within close proximity to over half
of Washington State's population in the
Seattle metropolitan area.

I do not feel that there is a need for
more Wilderness designated areas in
Washington State. In WNF, the
acknowledgement by the forest service
that non-wilderness areas are full on
weekends, clearly demonstrates a
greater need for more developed areas,
not more Wilderness.

I care about the environment and I am
proud of the fact that snowmobiling is
a very low impact sport. Once the snow
has melted, there is no evidence of
snowmobile use on the forest floor. I
would support this area being
classified with a new designation
called Backcountry Recreation as an
alternative to Wilderness. The Blue
Ribbon Coalition is currently proposing
this designation as a means of
protecting our national forests across
the nation, while still allowing
responsible motorized recreation to
continue. Refer to the Blue Ribbon
Coalition web site for additional
information.
http://www.sharetrai...rg/index.cfm?pa
ge=39

Sincerely,
Name
Address

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  • SMD

Posted February 21, 2003 - 06:33 PM

#2

Thanks Bryan..........I am on it.

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  • techman

Posted February 22, 2003 - 06:16 PM

#3

bump. maybe this should be sticky at the head of the forum?

  • gottaroost

Posted February 23, 2003 - 12:41 PM

#4

There is a statement in your post that says the comments must be postmarked by 2/18/03. Is there any extension not mentioned?

I asked this on another post...is this restricted to only Washington State residents or can anyone write a letter that will have impact?




 
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