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Snowlands Network Wilderness Survey


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In responding to the revision of the land management plans for Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra National Forests, Snowlands Board of Directors considered which of four alternatives to support. One important difference in the alternatives was how much land would be  recommended as federally-designated Wilderness. While only Congress can designate Wilderness, forests can recommend areas for Wilderness designation and manage them to preserve their wilderness qualities, for example prohibiting mechanized transport such as snowmobiles and mountain bikes.Some conservation organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club supported Alternative C, which proposed adding 743,000 acres of new recommended wilderness on all three forests. Other, more recreation-oriented groups like the Outdoor Alliance feel that Wilderness designation can be too restrictive and would impact recreational opportunities. These organizations supported Alternative B, which recommended 37,000 acres for wilderness only on the Inyo, or did not support any of the alternatives.The Snowlands Board of Directors was split on this issue, with some Directors favoring all the Wilderness possible and others wanting to preserve recreational opportunities that would be impacted by Wilderness designation. We would like to hear how you, our members and supporters, feel about this issue so that we can best represent your interests in the future.More information about the Inyo, Sequoia, and Sierra plans may be found on their project page
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Please answer the two questions below to let us know how you feel about designating more of our public lands as wilderness, with all of the restrictions that entails. We will publicize the results of this survey when it has been completed.
1Of the four alternatives listed in the DEIS, and focusing primarily on the difference with regard to the amount of new recommended wilderness for each alternative, which of the four alternatives do you support? (Alternative A is the no-action alternative containing no new wilderness recommendations.)
 
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Alternative B: 37,029 acres of new recommended Wilderness.
   
4 3.2%
Alternative C: 743,076 acres of new recommended Wilderness.
   
86 69.9%
Alternative D: No new Wilderness recommendations.
   
2 1.6%
I would support an alternative with Wilderness recommendation intermediate between Alternatives B and C.
   
21 17.0%
I do not support any of the alternatives.
   
1 <1%
I do not have an opinion on which alternative to support.
   
8 6.5%
No Responses
   
1<1%
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2Which of the following statements most accurately describes your opinion about federally-designated wilderness areas?
 
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I think there is too much federally-designated wilderness area now.
   
1 <1%
I think the amount of federally-designated wilderness area we have now is about right.
   
3 2.4%
I would like to see additional federally-designated wilderness set aside in the future where it is important to environmental preservation.
   
47 38.2%
I would like to see aggressive designation of wilderness, even if some forms of recreation will be negatively impacted.
   
70 56.9%
I do not have an opinion on the amount of federally-designated wilderness desirable.
   
2 1.6%
No Responses
 
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3What can Snowlands Network do to better represent your interests in the future?
 
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