Urge Congress to Pass Historic Public Lands Package

This Action Alert Has Expired

The public lands package did not pass, but we will continue the fight in January. Thanks to all the climbers who reached out to their congressional representatives!

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Right now we have a rare opportunity to get a handful of important bills passed that would be good for climbing, public lands, and outdoor recreation—but we need your help.

Congress is working to assemble a package of public lands bills before they adjourn for the year, including:

  • Permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), an important tool used to support conservation initiatives, improve public lands, develop recreation facilities and enhance recreation access. LWCF is a critical tool that has been used to protect and conserve more than a dozen climbing areas on federal, state, county, and city lands.
  • The Emery County Public Land Management Act (S. 2809, H.R. 5727) which would create over 700,000 acres of Wilderness in Emery County, Utah—more than any Wilderness bill passed in the last 2 decades. This is also the bill that includes a provision that would formally legitimize climbing activities in designated Wilderness.
  • The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (S. 1633, H.R. 3400), which would simplify public lands fees, improve facilitated access to recreation, and create a National Recreation Area system.
  • And several other bills that are good for recreation: The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area, Wild Olympics and Oregon Wildlands.

Congress Needs to Hear From You

We have a small window of opportunity to get these important lands protections passed—but we can't do it without you. Please take 5 minutes to use our easy letter-writing tool to ask your members of Congress to prioritize this public lands package and vote for protecting public lands, before this opportunity is lost. The next page includes talking points to include in your letter, but we encourage you to customize it as much as possible.