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Hackle
01-07-2004, 08:22 PM
Subject: ALERT, TUMACACORI WILDERNESS, GRIJALVA PRESS CONFERENCE



Please pass this along to anyone else who is interested in the outdoors and
keeping it open!




ACTION ALERT
Congressman Raul Grijalva will hold a press conference to publicly announce
his congressonal bill and support for aTumacacori Wilderness. The press
conference will be held Saturday, January 10th, 2004, at 10:00 am, approx.
40 miles south of Tucson in Tubac, AZ.

To get there, take I-19 south to exit # 34, turn right and then left on the
West Frontage Road, go south about 2 1/4 miles where the road will abruptly
end. The press conference will be held at the end of the road, please see
attached map.
http://www.house.gov/grijalva/

We need you to come out and protest this attempted theft and closure of our
public lands by the Congressman Grijalva and his elitist and radical
environmental organizations.
This action would essentially close over 84,000 acres (130 Sq Miles) to
multiple uses such as motorize camping and recreation, ranching, hunting,
exploring and prospecting. Over 40 roads and jeep trails will be closed
under his plan.
http://www.skyislandalliance.org/tumacacori/casestatement.htm

We need you to help send Congressman Grijalva a resounding message stating -
no more wilderness!

Everyone, Please help get the word out and forward this information.

Sandee McCullen
01-13-2004, 07:50 AM
RE: Tumacacori Wilderness proposal.........
Saturday a surprisingly large number of our public showed to this Press Conference by Congressman Raul Grijalva showing and voicing their refusal to recognize another wilderness area. It was obvious Mr. Grijalva was not ready to face any opponants but it's important we send our letters to our state legislators encouranging them to vote against this wilderness. Remember wilderness areas are set by our congress............... once that's done it's almost impossible to undo it. Let's get it stopped now!

Some facts:
Arizona now has nearly 5 million acres of Wilderness Lands........ 4,528,913 to be exact. In 1961 Mo Udall wrote "promising Arizona Wilderness areas would not exceed a maximum of 3,661,347 acres that was then under federal ownership." It's already been exceeded by 877,566 acreas......... 6.22% of Arizona is locked up in wilderness. This locks almost 5 million acres from most of the general public. The handicapped, the elderly, the health impared and those that choose to recreate via motorized vehicles.

Tumacacori Highlands proposed wilderness area is touted by proponents of wilderness designation as "natural and primeaval" and "one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States". It is in this condidtion because it has had adequate protection as part of a NATIONAL FOREST........ Additional protection is unnecesssary. Although grazing is permitted in wilderness areas, wilderness designation will greatly burden ranchers because they will no longer be able to use vehicles to maintain water holes and put out salt blocks.

TUMACACORI IS CURRENTLY A MULTIPLE USE AREA OF THE NATIONAL FOREST. IT SHOULD REMAIN THAT WAY SINCE ITS ECOLOGICAL VALUES HAVE BEEN PRESERVED UNDER MULTIPLE USE.

blooddrive
01-13-2004, 10:00 AM
Sandee,

Can you post links or addresses of the state reps again, so we can look up who we need to harass with more letters? I always end up losing that link and have to look it up every time. Perhaps it would be a good idea of Jim posted it and sticky noted it to the tops for reference purposes.


-Mark B.

acmeoff-road
03-15-2004, 10:58 AM
Hope this works (my first post) ...

Read this in the paper today. Sounds like the Game and Fish arn't ready for more wilderness either..... http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0315wilderness15.html

Sandee McCullen
03-15-2004, 12:14 PM
Suggest writing to State Game & Fish persons........... en masse!!! If the Game & Fish Commission is not in favor of this proposal most likely they will rule. ........ Although I'm not so sure an NCA is the answer either. The greenies simply fight to eliminate motorized use in the NCA's also. There is not significant impact to this area as it stands so we need to push for "NO ACTION".

THANKS for the link to the article. I miss the Tucson stuff most of the time.

Sandee