Eco-Integrity Alliance Supports Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA)

Eco-Integrity Alliance, a new coalition of U.S. environmentalists uniting the alternative environmental movement, endorses Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), a bill encompassing nearly 20 million acres across Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming, creating biological zones to connect new and existing wilderness and roadless areas.

Containing some of the most ecologically-rich lands left in the U.S., our National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands filter clean water, prevent flooding and erosion, provide fish and wildlife habitat, and are some of our best buffers against climate change. Unfortunately, these federally-owned public lands are still open to extraction from private corporations in the form of destructive logging, mining, drilling, and grazing, all subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. Only Wilderness designation can protect these lands from this otherwise inevitable degradation and destruction.

Not only is NREPA of crucial importance for protecting this unique and threatened Northern Rockies bioregion for the sake of biodiversity, climate, and endangered grizzly bears,” says Michele Dieterich, Montana-based steering committee member of Eco-Integrity Alliance, “it provides a model for protecting ecosystems across every region of the U.S.”

Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) has been introduced in both the House and Senate, with a hearing soon to be taking place before the House Natural Resource Committee, subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

Eco-Integrity Alliance’s mission is to unite the alternative environmental movement under a big tent of ecological integrity through common campaigns of mutual support. Its vision is to proliferate a paradigm of genuine ecological sustainability across the United States.

Eco-Integrity Alliance’s six-person steering committee members are based in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Colorado, and will soon be opening to national membership. Its Guiding Principles and other info can be found at eco-integrityalliance.org.

Published by eco-integrityalliance

The mission of the Eco-Integrity Alliance is to unite the “alternative” environmental movement under a big tent of ecological integrity through common campaigns of mutual support.

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