Originating in the House as HR 4089 and in the Senate as S 2066, this bill would gut protections in the Wilderness Act. It would give hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and fish and wildlife management priority in Wilderness, replacing the foundational priority of protecting wilderness character. This bill would allow endless, extensive habitat manipulations in Wilderness under the guise of "wildlife conservation" and for providing hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting experiences. It would remove Wilderness Act prohibitions against motor vehicle use and allow the construction of roads, dams, buildings, or other structures within Wildernesses for these activities. There would be no meaningful limit to what federal land managers could do in the name of providing opportunities for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or wildlife management, and decisions would be exempt from review under the National Environmental Policy Act. Paraded by its supporters as an "interpretation" of the Wilderness Act, it is in fact an evisceration of our country's foremost land conservation law.
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