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Old 07-29-2009, 01:05 PM
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Public lands are part of our nation’s natural heritage. They provide clean water, abundant wildlife and solitude for all Americans to enjoy. But a profusion of roads and the activities of a vocal minority of off-road vehicle users increasingly degrade these lands. Wildlands CPR works to promote balance, save money and create jobs by restoring unneeded forest roads to their natural state and by limiting off-road vehicle use.


Roads take the Wild out of Wildlands
•They create and transport sediment that dirties our drinking water and degrades fisheries.
•Their spider web networks fragment wildlife habitat.
•They invite the spread of invasive weeds, which compete with native vegetation.
•They are costly to build and expensive to maintain. (The U.S. Forest Service alone has a $10 billion road maintenance backlog).
•More than 500,000 miles of roads already crisscross our national forests, cutting into nearly every corner of our public lands. How many roads do we need?
Wildlands CPR seeks to connect fragmented landscapes, protect our natural heritage, and restore our public lands into healthy, beautiful, natural places.


Off-Road Vehicles Destroy Wild Nature
•Off-road vehicles go everywhere, killing and harassing wildlife.
•They rip up our most fragile and remote lands.
•Dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles drown out the peace and quiet of nature.
•They’re often driven recklessly, posing a physical threat to hikers and horseback riders.
•Off-roaders violate the rights of other forest users.
•They frequently trespass on private land.
•Their inefficient two-stroke engines dump unburned fuel into the air, ground and water.
Wildlands CPR protects healthy habitat and quiet places, and reclaims access for muscle-powered recreation.


Restoration: A Positive Solution
We can restore clean water, encourage wild nature, and help to rebuild local economies by protecting our public lands from new roads and off-road vehicles, and by removing roads that are unneeded and damaging.

•Water - Removing roads from watersheds enhances clean water supplies for drinking, irrigation and fishing. (For example, rather than spending far more to build and maintain a water-treatment plant, the city of Seattle is investing $6 million to remove roads.)
•Habitat - Wildlife thrives in roadless forests, which offer people better viewing, and hunters higher quality and longer seasons.
•Fisheries - Clean, clear water means healthier fisheries for salmon and other fish.
•Communities - Restoring public lands brings skilled, family wage jobs to rural communities.


Wildlands CPR has been working with citizens, grassroots groups and land managers to protect and revive natural areas since 1994. We go wherever we are needed – from the cypress woodlands of Florida, to the red-rock canyons of Utah, to the fragile tundra of the Arctic.

Together we can make a difference – Donate to Wildlands CPR Today! Your contribution goes a long way to help us continue this work.

I like the part about "rights". As tho we have none

About Us
Wildlands CPR revives and protects wild places by promoting watershed restoration through road removal, preventing new wildland road construction and stopping off-road vehicle abuse.

Wildlands CPR has been working with citizens, grassroots groups, tribes, and land managers to protect and revive natural areas since 1994. We go wherever we are needed – from the cypress woodlands of Florida, to the red-rock canyons of Utah, to the fragile tundra of the Arctic.

Our members include hunters, hikers, cross-country skiers, photographers, business owners, anglers, scientists, students, teachers, parents and many others.

We work to restore watersheds and rural economies by promoting road reclamation, which provides high-wage, high-skill jobs to people in rural communities. Their work to remove roads restores clean drinking water, reconnects fragmented wildlife habitat and ensures access to healthy habitat and quiet places, for human-powered recreation.

Our successes are many. In Big Cypress National Preserve, for example, we partnered with other groups to get the Park Service to rein in off-road vehicle use, reducing 23,000 miles of renegade tracks to just 400 miles of designated routes. In 2007 we helped secure more than $73 million for state and federal agencies to implement watershed restoration and remediation (Montana state lands - $34 million; (Forest Service - $39.4 million). In 2008 we coordinated the distribution of nearly 5000 copies of the book Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation, working in partnership with more than 100 groups nationwide to put these books in the hands of decision-makers, media and land managers. During the last 14 years, we’ve trained more than one thousand citizens throughout the country to inventory roads, monitor off-road vehicle use, and remove unneeded roads. And in the last 4 years, more than 300 agency staff have attended Wildlands CPR restoration and off-road vehicle management workshops.
Dave Walters
Tri Cities Peak Putters
Land Use Coordinator

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