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Enviros are not responsible for Nevada wilderness deal

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Felice Pace’s and Janine Blaeloch’s letters give an entirely false impression of the conservation movement in Nevada (HCN, 12/20/04). The Lincoln County Bill was a public-lands bill that had the support of the five legislators from Nevada. It would have passed, whether or not any wilderness was included in the bill. The bill was not supported by the Nevada Wilderness Coalition, and the water pipeline was strongly opposed. No deals were struck by wilderness advocates. The fact that 670,000 acres of magnificent wilderness (the most wilderness designated by Congress in the past four years) were included in the bill was because of Sen. Harry Reid’s strong support for wilderness.

Marjorie Sill, Sierra Club
Reno, Nevada

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