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Old 02-18-2010, 01:45 PM
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Join Date: May 2009
Location: TriCities, WA
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Thumbs down S.799, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009

This is a letter that I sent to Maria Cantwell in October of last year...

Originally Posted by iaccocca
Clifton Retterer
xxxx Wxxth AVE
October 1, 2009

The Honorable Maria Cantwell
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Protect more than 9 million acres from OHV restrictions
Dear Senator Cantwell:
As a constituent and concerned motorized outdoor recreationist, I am writing to ask you to oppose S.799, America's Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009. S.799 will designate more than nine million additional acres as Wilderness and unnecessarily close access to responsible recreation at the Moab, San Rafael Swell and Chimney Rock off-highway vehicle areas (to name a few) in Utah.
The closure of these trails will be devastating to many friends and families who recreate together responsibly.
We cannot afford to close any more trails without providing alternative OHV opportunities. Again, I ask that you oppose S.799.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important issue.
Sincerely, Clifton L. Retterer
(I also sent a similar email to Doc, becuase he is on the house committee reviewing this.)

I received this response today:

Dear Mr. Retterer,

Thank you for contacting me about designating the Red Rock area of Utah as a wilderness area. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter and sincerely regret the delayed response.

As you know, on April 2, 2009, Senator **** Durbin (D-IL) introduced the America's Red Rock Wilderness Act (S. 799). If enacted, this bill would designate as wilderness certain federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in Utah for the benefit of present and future generations of people in the United States. I am a cosponsor of this legislation, which is currently awaiting action before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

These lands include steep slick rock canyons, high cliffs, important archeological sites, and habitats for rare plant and animal species. Wilderness designation of this area is necessary to ensure that this area is preserved for future generations. Without this designation, the Red Rock area could be mined for coal, an activity that would scar this beautiful landscape.

Again, thank you for contacting me about the Red Rock Wilderness Act. As our population continues to grow, it is crucial that we protect rare wilderness lands like the Red Rock area. I am committed to the preservation of this unique landscape and believe the Red Rock Wilderness Act is the best way to ensure this open space remains for future generations. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Maria Cantwell
United States Senator
(The forum software is editing the commonly used first name of Sen. Richard Durbin. The WA Senator did not really include a dirty word.)
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