December 2002. River Runners for Wilderness invites you to become a member-it's free!
The Grand Canyon! Do you want to keep it Grand? Do you believe it deserves to be a designated, motor-free wilderness with fair access for anyone that desires to experience its wonders? Don't have a lot of ready cash, but still care about the issues? RRFW would like to extend a free lifetime membership to you!
Join us by filling out the form on the "join" menu at our website www.rrfw.org, or send us your name, complete address, phone (and fax if you have one), and email address via email or by mail to River Runners for Wilderness, PO Box 466, Moab, UT 84532-0466. We'll keep you informed about the latest breaking river wilderness issues with mailing alerts, updates and bulletins.
We've contributed countless hours and quite a few dollars to the wilderness and access causes. In the last 6 months, here's what we've done:
--Issued alerts about moves in Washington DC to strip wilderness protection for the Colorado River, the Jackass Waterline Project, Firewalk group, alleged changes to non-commercial regulations, the Outfitter Policy Act, river fatalities and illnesses, exploring business permits as an alternative to concessions contracts, the new Westwater Permit system, and other important issues.
--Formed the Grand Canyon Wilderness Alliance (GCWA) of 5.5 million members with 30 other environmental groups to craft CRMP comments, participate in the CRMP process and advance a motor free wilderness designation of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon.
--Traveled to DC to educate our elected officials on the CRMP. During 3 days and 17 meetings, we asked our elected officials to support the ongoing CRMP and block any attempted legislation to interrupt it.
--Represented the interests of wilderness paddlers at meetings with BLM planners working on the Gunnison Gorge Management Plan.
--Traveled to Marble Canyon Lodge to attend a summit of individuals and groups exploring common interests and goals for Grand and Glen Canyons, as well as wilderness and educational conferences in Albuquerque and Tucson.
-- Sent you up-to-date Riverwires on changes affecting Grand Canyon, from river flows out of Glen Canyon Dam to congressional actions in Washington, DC. It's free, too. If you're interested in email alerts, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to have you as a member, and please consider donations to help us cover expenses. We're particularly in need of a few things: postage stamps, 2 fax machines, paper, an Adobe Acrobat(r) program, a scanner and prepaid long distance phone cards. We've been careful in spending our money, but long distance phone calls, travel expenses, Internet access, postage and office equipment and supplies add up. Can you help us out? It's fully tax deductible. Thanks!