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Bryan Bosch

Blue Ribbon Coalition Alert!

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*** 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.sharetrails.org/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/r6/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.org/congressorg/dbq

/officials/

SAMPLE LETTER:

Subject: I-90 Wilderness Study Report

and Draft Legislated Environmental

Impact Statement

http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/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.sharetrails.org/index.cfm?pa

ge=39

Sincerely,

Name

Address

*** END ALERT *** END ALERT *** END ALERT *** END ALERT ***

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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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