Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sign the Petition

Millions of Acres of Land You Own Are at Risk: Sign the Petition

Hello Meg,

Congressman John Garamendi represents California’s 10th Congressional District and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Like every American, you carry a deed to 635 million acres of public lands. That's right. Even if you don't own a house or the latest computer on the market, you own Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and many other natural treasures.

Unfortunately, some members of Congress, led by California Representative Kevin McCarthy, want to take 60 million acres away from you, including more than four million acres in California. That’s why I’m writing to you to ask you to sign the petition to stop this destructive legislation.

A critical vote is coming up in the House Natural Resources Committee, which is why it’s important that your voice is heard now.

Pristine lands that can be used to camp, hike, hunt, and fish will be given to oil, timber, and mining special interests to despoil without proper review if we don’t stop them from passing H.R. 1581, the so-called Wilderness and Roadless Release Act.

As a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I’m doing all I can to stop the Committee from passing this legislation. Mining, logging and drilling are already allowed on more than half of our national forests and other public lands. This bill would open up almost all remaining public lands with insufficient oversight. Our drinking water will be put at risk, and billions of dollars in recreational commerce could be threatened.

Please, sign the petition asking Congress to stop H.R. 1581. These lands are deeded to future generations. We must stop the well-connected special interests committed to seizing them. When we tear down lands we borrow from our grandchildren, getting them back is nearly impossible.

Thank you for your commitment to our public lands.

Congressman John Garamendi

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