S.3205 - Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act
Dear Senators Boxer, Lee, and Warren, The wilderness areas are under direct threat by S.3205 - Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act. S.3205 opens the door to timber, cattle, mining, and oil exploitation in the wilderness areas. Bill sponsor,Utah Senator Mike Lee has direct ties to oil,and mining. Senator Mike Lee has tried to enlist the help of Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Nevada Senator Dean Heller; both senators have been publicly hostile towards the wilderness areas. In an August 19 2016 article in the New York Times Michael Carroll of the Wilderness Society said,“We think the bill is a fundamental attack on one of our bedrock conservation laws — it’s championed by two of the most anti-environmental members of the Senate, and it has language in it that is really designed to drive a wedge between the recreation community and conservationists”. Craig Allen of the The Back Country Horsemen of Utah wrote a letter in the Salt Lake Tribune and said, “Lee and Hatch would upend the bipartisan unity that lay behind the Wilderness Act and the laws every Congress and president since have used to protect more wild treasures”. S.3205 is opposed by the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society and mountain biking’s largest advocacy group, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). A no vote on S.3205 is highly encouraged.