SUPPORT THE ROCKIES PROSPERITY ACT AND HELP PAUL RICHARDS SAVE OUR PRECIOUS WILDLANDS HERITAGE

Paul Richards, Democratic candidate for Senate in Montana and courageous lifelong advocate for the environment, is out there fighting for one of the most important pieces of pending environmental legislation in Congress, H.R. 1204. It is known as "The Rockies Prosperity Act," and will have enormous positive impact on the environment and the economy coast to coast. Please read Paul's personal message to you below, and join him in being a champion for the environment by submitting this action page.

ACTION PAGE: //www.richards2006.us/petitions/pnum209.php

Over 20 years ago, I wrote the first two drafts of a citizens' proposal to save the remaining roadless wildlands of Montana and Idaho. My reasoning was simple: The Wild Rockies are blessed with gorgeous mountains, pure streams abundant with fish, and native forests full of game and wildlife, including threatened and endangered species. This region's roadless wildlands provide some of the best backpacking, hunting, camping, wildlife habitat and trout waters in our nation.

THREATS FROM THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

America's roadless wildlands are fast disappearing. Nationally, the Forest Service has built more than 380,000 miles of roads, a road system eight times larger than our entire Interstate highways system! Yet, the Bush Administration is now proposing to build even more roads in our National Forests and to sell our precious public lands to private developers! The Administration is steadfastly working behind the scenes to hand over 58.5 million acres of our precious public wildlands to energy, mining, and timber industries.

It's time to protect our few remaining wildlands in the National Forest system! To this end, we need to secure passage of our citizens' proposal, now H.R. 1204, also known as "The Rockies Prosperity Act." This act, currently co-sponsored by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), has already garnered the support of 187 House of Representatives members. NOTE: Some activists still refer to this act by its old name, "NREPA" or the "Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act."

The Rockies Prosperity Act provides for employment of thousands by reclaiming old logging roads and rehabilitating watersheds previously damaged by roading, overcutting, and mining. The Act has endorsements from President Jimmy Carter, world-renowned scientists, and more than 700 organizations and businesses nationwide.

The Rockies Prosperity Act has a strong economic foundation. Studies by University of Utah economist Michael Garrity (1997) show that the Act would create more than 2,000 new jobs through wildland restoration work while saving U.S. taxpayers more than million dollars over a ten-year period by ending taxpayer-subsidized timber sales in roadless areas.

To secure passage of the Rockies Prosperity Act, we need to increase the number of House sponsors and to find a senator that will sponsor the Act. As you may know, I am running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Conrad Burns. If I am elected, I will sponsor the Rockies Prosperity Act and work for its passage. Until I am elected, I need your help.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Use this action page below to contact both your Senators and your House Representative. Respectfully ask them to sponsor and support the Rockies Prosperity Act. You can also use this same action page to write a brief letter to the editor.

ACTION PAGE: //www.richards2006.us/petitions/pnum209.php

Remember: Our roadless wild areas remain a place where one can escape the crowds, the noise, and traffic of daily life and return to nature as it once was. We need these wildlands for our psychological, spiritual, economic, and societal well-being.

Congress needs to stand tall against the Bush Administration's planned development of America's few remaining wildlands. We all need to speak clearly for our beautiful roadless wildlands. Please help.

Thank you,

Paul Richards

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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