Careless development and motorized transportation threaten the Sand Hills, where remaining roadless areas must be permanently protected as wilderness.
The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing a management plan for the region. The Sierra Club has been involved by recommending Wilderness Area protection - the highest level of protection for public lands - for more of the region.
The agency has identified three roadless areas, but so far is opting to protect only one of them; one roadless area of 67,000 acres is not recommended for protection.
What you can do:Contact the Nebraska forest supervisor in Chadron, Neb., and ask that all roadless areas be protected. Write:
125 N. Main,
Nebraska National Forest,
Chadron, NE 69337
Keep up on the issue by contactint Laura Krebsbach at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (402) 475-2292.
Photo courtesy Ron Kurtzer.