Mark Udall (D-CO)

Featured Action: Thank Senator Udall for Wilderness and Rivers Advocacy

By Lauren Swain

Senator Mark Udall has long been a champion of wild places. But on two recent issues he has been particularly out front and engaged.  Please take the time to thank him for his actions.

Take Action -- Thank Senator Udall now!

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On the national scene: Several weeks ago, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a markup on S. 1134, a bill that would support Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) in her effort to waive provisions of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act to allow for construction of a highway-style bridge over the federally-protected St. Croix River on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. The National Park Service has determined that the St. Croix River Crossing Project would adversely affect the scenic value of the river. The bill would set a dangerous precedent for protected Wild and Scenic Rivers everywhere.

Proposd Stillwater bridge
Although the bill was allowed to pass out of committee on a voice vote, Mark Udall was one of just two Dems who spoke out to oppose the bill on the official record.  Udall should be thanked for resisting political pressure to compromise the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.  For more on the bridge project, the legislation, and an alternative plan endorsed by Sierra Club, please go to these links (and share them with your friends in the Midwest): [Sierra Club]  [Minnesota Public Radio]

Photo simulation of the proposed St. Croix River Crossing project, courtesy Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In Colorado: This past September, Udall joined with Senator Mike Bennett to introduce ground-breaking legislation which would provide wilderness protection to the breathtaking San Juan Mountains of Colorado. He also successfully convinced the  Bureau of Land Management to include the region in a recent report detailing landscapes across the country worthy of protection (See BLM Lands Deserving Protection). For discussion of the environmental and economic value of S. 1635, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, please go to Udall’s page on the subject.  Although many SW Colorado residents, business owners, and officials support the bill, there is opposition from off-road advocates and some commercial interests.  And it remains unclear whether Rep. Scott Tipton, of Colorado’s 3rd district, will take a stand for or against this bill.

Please don’t delay! Politicians need quick, positive feedback, telling them we notice and appreciate their advocacy for the environment.  Contact Senator Udall’s office right now and thank him for supporting wild rivers in the Midwest, and wilderness in Colorado.

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