07-26-2011, 02:36 AM
Re: AFFTA Joins TU in Opposing Bill that would Trash America's Backcountry
OK, here is the part of the article where your saying TU and AFFTA are "mischaracterizing" the legislation.
Originally Posted by Diver Dan
They said it will allow roads in widerness areas coast to coast, and yet the legislation said BLM managed land that is not designated as wilderness and does not the meet the criteria for being wilderness. In other words they are mischaracterizing the bill. Not the first time I said it. It is in the text and should not have needed to be pointed out... repeatedly.
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The bill, dubbed the Attack on our Sporting Heritage Act (ASH) by Trout Unlimited, would impact about 43 million acres of roadless backcountry from coast to coast, all on public lands within the U.S Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management systems. Inventoried roadless lands provide the best remaining fish and game habitat in the United States, and they’re vital for the persistence of wild and native trout. In the Rocky Mountain West, roadless lands shelter the bulk of the country’s remaining cutthroat trout and bull trout populations. Additionally, the best remaining spawning and rearing habitat for ocean-going steelhead and salmon is in streams flowing through or from the roadless backcountry.
I will admit the language is confusing.
But, what I think they are talking about is the area that Frank made mention of earlier as the "buffer zone" and not the "Protected wilderness areas" themselves.
Another reason I think that's the area their speaking of is because the impacted area as stated above is roughly 43 million acres, and Federally protected wilderness areas in the lower 48 states, Alaska, and Puerto Rico are in excess of 109 million acres.
It sounds like your confused as to the definitions of "roadless backcountry" and "protected wilderness area".
So, in my opinion TU and AFFTA are not "mischaracterizing" anything.
*Comments posted above are only my opinion. I may be right....ehhh.....I'm certain they're wrong. Take 'em for what they're worth.*
Last edited by fysh; 07-26-2011 at 11:11 AM.