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Stand Up for the Wilderness Act
Over the last month, a bill that would waive the Wilderness Act in the name of border security has gained ground. The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act (H.R. 1505) was reported to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration, and could be passed if members of Congress don’t hear from constituents that this measure unnecessarily usurps protections in place for public lands and the environment.
Ask your representative to oppose this threat.
This legislation would waive 36 environmental and health laws on U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders. This threatens iconic natural treasures such as Joshua Tree National Park, Olympic National Park and Glacier National Park. The laws that would be waived include the Clean Air and Water Acts, the Endangered Species Act and the Wilderness Act.
Securing our borders and protecting our natural resources should not be treated like an either/or proposition. Help stop these threats by opposing this dangerous bill.
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