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Old October 8th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Weigh In to Encourage Your Members to Reject Omnibus Approach

Recently ARRA asked you to weigh in with your Members about a possible public lands omnibus, as we were concerned that Congress may try to move legislation similar to legislation that passed last year. Last year’s bill cobbled more than 160 separate pieces of legislation into one massive package that permanently eliminated the potential for motorized recreation on more than two million acres of public lands that were designated as wilderness in nine states. In addition, the package added three new national park units, a new national monument, three new national conservation areas, more than 1,000 miles of national wild and scenic rivers and four new national trails. Also signed into law as a part of the omnibus package was the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) Act, which is currently being used to limit motorized access on Bureau of Land Management lands.
It is time to have your voice heard again, as some in Congress are starting the process on developing a new omnibus bill. Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM) is circulating a letter for signature by other Members that encourages Congressional leadership to lump together more than 150 land use bills and pass them as one.
It is important that you contact your Member of Congress and key Congressional leaders to let them know you oppose a new massive omnibus public lands law and that a repeat of the 2009 law will mean more restrictions to access, and to ask them not to sign Heinrich’s letter.
Please click the Take Action link below to urge your Members and key Congressional leaders to oppose a massive omnibus bill in favor of ensuring that all public lands bills have hearings to allow for full local input.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 08:58 PM   #2
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Done.

Now is NOT the time to sit back and wait to see if others stop this land grab attempt.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #3
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Old October 9th, 2010, 10:11 AM   #4
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Old October 11th, 2010, 02:22 AM   #5
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I made my pleas known
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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:00 AM   #6
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Lovely, I saw it went to Pelosi. Dumb c*nt.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #9
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Well, for what it's worth, I am impressed that a representative of Congresswoman Candice Miller sent me back a quick response to my e-mail within 72 hours. Although I don't believe she sent it personally, it says a lot that at least she takes the time to actually read what she gets and respond as well. Here's what I got back.

Dear Mr. Thompson:



Thank you for contacting my office regarding your concerns with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. I appreciate hearing from you on this important topic, and I am pleased for the opportunity to respond to your concerns.



As you may know, legislation regarding public land plays a crucial role in the preservation of the environment as well as the recreational opportunities for people throughout the nation. On March 30, 2009, the President signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. This legislation incorporates over 160 individual bills containing provisions that commemorate, conserve, and promote areas that include important natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. Included is a provision that permanently eliminates the potential for motorized recreational vehicles on over two million acres of public land that is designated as wilderness.



I share your concerns regarding Congress aggregating too many bills together and rushing through legislation without carefully reading and considering what implications it will have on our nation. Frankly, there have been too many bills that have been hurried through during this Congress, some introduced only a few hours before they were voted upon. I believe that the government has an obligation to the American people to conduct its business in plain sight. This is why I was a cosponsor of H.Res.554. This important piece of legislation requires bills voted on by Congress to be available on the internet for at least 72 hours before they are considered.

The United States is a country of breathtaking natural beauty and its wilderness areas are of enormous historical importance. Enjoying the scenic blessings of the land is a large part of the American experience and it is imperative for us to ensure that these areas remain intact for future Americans. While preserving America's natural treasures is an important task, we must consider all the implementations and not rush through legislation. You can rest assure that I will keep your views in mind when related legislation comes to the floor and will continue to work on making our government more accountable to the people its serves.



Again, thank you for your correspondence. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. If you would like to stay up to date on issues in Congress and how they affect you, please sign up to receive Congresswoman Miller's monthly e-newsletter, The Washington Connection, at candicemiller.house.gov. It has all of the information you need about current events in our nation's capitol and their impact on Michigan's 10th Congressional District.


I think she might have just gotten my vote. Oh, and I didn't hear anything from Pelosi yet......lol
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Dear Mr. XXXXXXX:



Thank you for contacting me about potential action on an omnibus lands package bill. I appreciate knowing your views as an off-road recreation enthusiast.



I understand that sometimes high- and low-impact recreational activities can be at odds with each other. While I support preservation of our national lands, I believe a balance between preservation and appropriate use must be reached among state and local stakeholders. That balance can be difficult to manage. Since these decisions often cover such large areas, this balance must be carefully negotiated between different regions of the state and country.



If Congress considers any public land bills when it returns to Congressional session, I will keep your views in mind. I am





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I just got the same thing today
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Old October 19th, 2010, 12:52 PM   #12
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As the moment typing there were 495 online users and with constant threats to eliminate our activity, only 10 chirp in on this?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #13
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Pretty sad, isn't it?!

That's why we don't have more trails, we're not "organized" enough.

MSA has 20,000+ members and a TON of trails.
CCC has 4,000+ members and PLENTY of trails.
GLFWDA has <1,000 members and can't find enough volunteers to keep what we have open, let alone get more designated.

It's our own fault as a use group.
Very sad.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #14
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I put this on the rabid politics forum and no takers.
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