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WILDALERT: Protect America's public lands - take action today! February 22, 2006 4:01 PM

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February 22, 2005

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Last week we told you about the Bush administration's attempts to auction off as much as 800,000 acres of our public lands. The response to this news has been overwhelming - together WildAlert subscribers have sent over 52,000 messages to Congress opposing this sell-off of our national forests and other public lands!

There's still time for you to join in this important campaign. Will you join us in the fight to protect America's treasured public lands? Click here to take action today!

Selling off public lands is not a new idea among the anti-public-lands crowd. Less than two months ago, conservation-minded Republicans and Democrats alike balked at a similar proposal introduced by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA). But the President's proposal is a dangerous escalation of this crusade that shows signs of becoming a trend.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of our National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands could be on the chopping block next year unless we fight this proposal today. Already, the Administration has identified forest lands to sell and has given the BLM a sales quota to fulfill.

Administration officials justify this wildly unpopular proposal by claiming that the money from these land sales is needed to fund rural road and school projects. No one is questioning whether the federal government should provide aid to local communities, but selling off America's public estate is simply NOT the way to do it.

Our public lands deserve better than to be treated as a budgetary slush fund. Please speak out against this proposal by sending a free message to your members of Congress today!

Thank you for all that you do to protect America's wild places.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kilmer
Director, Electronic Communications
The Wilderness Society


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