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Oppose Bush rule

The Bush administration has decided to create its own “roadless” rule to replace the “roadless” rule implemented by the Clinton administration.

The current rule protects the last untouched wilderness in the National Forest system – roughly 60 million of the 190 million acres of national forest – from mining, drilling, and development. It preserves fish and wildlife habitat and vital watersheds for drinking water. The rule was developed via a process that lasted more than a year, included 600 public meetings, and drew 2.2 million public comments, more than 90 percent of which were favorable.

Now with 60 days for comments, the Bush Administration’s new scheme would force governors to petition the federal government to protect the last remaining pristine forests in their states Ð national forests that belong to all the people of America.

This is exactly why people are working to permanently protect our last wild areas. The California Wild Heritage Act would protect over 2 million acres of roadless lands in California forever as wilderness. No area protected by Congress as wilderness has ever been removed from wilderness designation. Please oppose the Bush rule and support wilderness designation for Grouse Lakes and Castle Peak in Nevada County.

Don Rivenes

Nevada City

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