NREPA — Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act is dusted off.

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.

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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


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  1. kt Avatar
    kt

    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. Robert Hoskins Avatar
    Robert Hoskins

    KT

    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.

    Robert

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