Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
The Wild Rockies are America's living national treasure, and we must do everything possible to preserve the pristine area for our children.
That's why I introduced the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA). Based on the sound science of conservation biology rather than political boundaries, NREPA is ecosystem-driven legislation that will preserve the Wild Rockies by designating over 23 million acres of wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildland recovery areas and biological linkage corridors on public lands in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act will:
- Designate more than 23 million acres of America's premiere roadless lands as wilderness,
- Connect natural, biological corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals,
- Keep water available for ranchers and farmers downstream until later in the season when it is most needed,
- Allow for historic uses such as hunting, fishing and firewood gathering,
NREPA does NOT affect private land.
2009 - Map of NREPA areas
02/10/09 - Fact Sheet on NREPA
02/10/09 - Section-by-section summary of NREPA
02/02/09 - Dear Colleague Letter