NREPA is a grand wilderness vision and more, but had fallen on hard times in the Republican congresses.

NREPA is back, with a greater chance, now that Congress has turned greener. Its name has been changed to the “Rockies Prosperity Act.” Here is the bill’s text.

Bill Schneider at New West has a favorable review. Ending the War Over Wilderness. By Bill Schneider.

A nameless meadow in the Nameless Creek roadless area. Boise National Forest. This, among hundreds of other roadless ares, would be designated Wilderness by the Rockies Prosperity Act. Copyright Ralph Maughan

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to NREPA — Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act is dusted off.

  1. avatar kt says:

    Ralph –

    I suggest you invite a NREPA person to provide an update on how this Bill may differ from its predecessor.

    Of critical importance is that NREPA addresses some of the key biological needs of wildlife – like corrdiors for wildlife movement, something that has been sorely lacking in the recent past crop of Wilderness Bills. I think the corridors were in the past version, too – but that the newest Bill may be more inclusive of BLM lands … which are by and large under tremendous threat from weeds, roads, you name it – and being more arid – are less resilient to any disturbance.

    AND I think it is so stupid to try to deal with most wild lands in the West on an artificial state boundary by artificial state boundary way …

  2. avatar Robert Hoskins says:


    According the AWR website, the main difference with the new NREPA is an economic component based upon forest/land restoration activities. I agree with this change. Check it out.



February 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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