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EARTHWEEK  April 2006

EARTHWEEK April 2006

Subject:

Earth Week Wilderness RALLY

From:

Justin R Sheperd <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Justin R Sheperd <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 18:30:47 -0400

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text/plain (68 lines) , Wilderness Rally.doc (68 lines) , Plan Will Fail Without Leadership[1].doc (68 lines)



Wilderness Rally to Protect Vermont Wilderness
What: Wilderness Rally to show UVM student support for increasing
Federally Designated Wilderness in the Green Mountain National Forest
When: Thursday, April 20 Time: 5 pm Where: Redstone Quad
       Contact: Justin Sheperd - (802)363-9641 or [log in to unmask] or
Ryan Talbott - (802) 223-6347 or [log in to unmask]

Last week, Vermont's congressional delegation introduced a Wilderness
Bill for the Green Mountain National Forest. If passed by Congress, it
would designate about 48,000 acres of the Green Mountain National
Forest as Federal Wilderness, a benefit to ecological restoration and
public recreation in perpetuity. The efforts of the congressional
delegation are to be applauded, particularly in light of the Forest
Service's recommendation that only 27,000 acres be designated
Wilderness.

There is still room for improvement, however. Currently there are only
60,000 acres of Federally Designated Wilderness in Vermont and
conservation organizations have identified approximately 124,000
additional acres that are suitable for Wilderness designation. While
the Vermont Wilderness Bill is a step in the right direction, there is
no doubt that additional lands should be added to the bill to fully
protect their wild character. This is especially critical considering
the Forest Service is planning to open parts of the Green Mountain
National Forest to ATV trail development. Protecting these lands as
Wilderness will exclude these areas from motorized access, including
ATV's.

On Thursday April 20th, at 5pm on the Red Stone Quad, students will be
demonstrating their support of the Wilderness Bill as well as
additional Vermont Wilderness Protection in the Green Mountain National
Forest. Please come join the rally and show your support by increasing
the gathering's numbers in order to establish the University community
as one that lobbies for protecting Wilderness. DON'T BE LATE becuase
there will be media sources documenting the event and possibly an
environmental speaker who will speak about the values of Wilderness and
the need for more Wildernesses in the populated Northeast. Feel free
to design and bring your own picket sign displaying a message congruent
with forest conservation.

To answer any comments, questions, or concerns...
contact Justin Sheperd at (802) 363-9641 or [log in to unmask],
or Ryan Talbott at (802) 223-6347 or [log in to unmask]

SPREAD THE WORD! Forward this email to ALL your contacts. Tell your
friends, tell your student groups and clubs. Get everyone excited,
motivated, and RILED UP for a RALLY!

This notice is availale as an attached file in a more visually
appealing format.
Also attached is a commentary written by Jim Northup of Forest Watch to
the newspapers attempting to summarize the whole dispute from all the
interest groups. Find out more at www.ForestWatch.org

Sincerely your fellow UVM student,
                                  Justin Sheperd


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