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Old 11-15-2008, 10:24 AM
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Default WILDERNESS OMNIBUS BILL - Update

First things first - Thanks to Wade for keeping everyone appraised of the situation!!

Now the good news - This bill is likely dead for this year. Rest In Pieces beyotch! But we will keep an eye out in the future.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sen Tom Coburn from Oklahoma.
We at SAWS would encourage everyone to drop a quick note to his office using the link below thanking him for his common sense approach to public lands issues including those in the west. Make sure you tell him your name, that you are a snowmobiler, where you are from and most importantly THANK YOU!

Contact for Senator Coburn:
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Hon. Senator Coburn,

Thank you very much for putting the brakes on the huge omnibus lands bill (S 3213). Each piece of that bill should be debated on its own merits, especially wilderness designations, instead of thrown together in some all or nothing package for the American public to swallow. As a snowmobiler from Idaho, a native of Wyoming and a lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountain region, designated wilderness closes access to our winter sport, a sport that causes no documented harm to the environment.

Again, thank you.

Sincerely,

Wyoming Range bill looks dead for year

CHEYENNE -- A massive lands bill with protections for the Wyoming Range and parts of the Snake River in Wyoming is likely dead for the year.

Supporters said Friday that the bipartisan Omnibus Public Land Management Act apparently fell victim to a filibuster threat by a Republican senator.

The bill would have prohibited any new oil and gas leasing, mining patents or geothermal leasing in a 100-mile-long stretch of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming. It would also protect 387 miles of rivers and streams in the Snake River drainage under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Nevada Democrat strongly supports the lands package, but his first priorities in a lame-duck session next week are a planned rescue for the auto industry and extension of unemployment insurance benefits.

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn had threatened to filibuster the bill over what he calls its excessive spending.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Friday evening that he intends to fight for the public lands package when the Senate reconvenes in a lame-duck session on Monday.

"There are bills very important to Wyoming in this," he said in a phone interview.

He mentioned the Wyoming Range Legacy Act and the Snake Headwaters Legacy Act, which is under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In addition, the package contains compensation for ranchers for damages done by wolves to their livestock.

"This is 150 bills that are packaged together for a single vote. And it sounds from that report that one senator is holding up the entire package because of certain bills but not all the bills, but everything is being held up," Barrasso said.

In the Wyoming Legislature the package would require 150 separate votes, he noted.

When the lame-duck session was called, Reid said the senate would be back to work on the public lands bill.

"I'm prepared to do that," Barrasso said.

The Wyoming Range Legacy Act, which, in addition to prohibiting new mineral leasing in part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, would allow conservation groups to buy and retire existing energy leases.

The bill is sponsored by Barrasso, based on legislation that the late Sen. Craig Thomas was working on at the time of his death.

The Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act would protect 387 miles of rivers and streams in the Snake River drainage.

Supporters of the legislation had urged Congress to act during the lame-duck session, because some authors of the legislation either retired or weren't re-elected, and their replacements won't be as familiar with the omnibus bill.

The Wyoming measures have the support of conservation organizations, sporting groups, and union and trade organizations, as well as Gov. Dave Freudenthal.

Outside Wyoming, legislation would expand wilderness along Oregon's Mount Hood and create a vast new wilderness in Idaho's Owyhee canyons. The bill also would have created wilderness areas in California, Colorado and New Mexico.

Sen. Mike Enzi was with family in Wyoming on Friday evening and could not be reached for comment, according to spokeswoman Elly Pickett.

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Thank you Wade and Scott for keeping us informed!

Do you want a job Wade?

Too late.

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Thank you Wade and Scott for keeping us informed?

Do you want a job Wade?
I'm always available, just ask.

Great News!!!!!!

Thanks to everyone that responded.

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Thanks Wade and Scott for staying on top of this issue and providing us with the information and the contacts we need to get in touch with, your diligence is greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for the work on behalf of fellow sledders. Thank you letter has been sent. This is great news. EW
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Corrected the contact information, as some mentioned that the email address originally provided came back as undeliverable. SAWS members have received the updated news item already.
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I got my notice this morning from the BRC.
I have sent my thank you to Senator Coburn already, and ask everyone to please do so as well.

Thanks again Wade for bringing it to our attention.
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