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On August 27, 2001, the Center for Biological Diversity, Navajo environmental organization Dinč Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment (Dinč Care), and Colorado based Center for Native Ecosystems sued the Fish and Wildlife Service over its recent critical habitat designation for the Mexican spotted owl. While Fish and Wildlife Service originally proposed designating over 13 million acres of federally owned land in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado as critical habitat, the final designation only identifies 4.6 acres. The groups are suing because the final rule eliminated almost 9 million acres of proposed habitat-largely within Arizona and New Mexico National Forests, where 90% of known owls exist and not one acre was designated as critical habitat.

Acreage Proposed:
AZ: 5,000,000 million
NM: 4,600,000 million
CO: 570,000
UT: 3,300,000
Acreage Final:
AZ: 830,803
NM: 53,746
CO: 524,731
UT: 3.2 million
Roadless and Wilderness in critical habitat:
AZ proposed: 1,034,191
AZ final: 54,903
Map of the National Landscape Conservation System
EQEnvironmental Atlas
Introduction: Index of Watershed Indicators (click on state for map)
(National Map of Forest Riparian Habitat) 
(Canada; at least 8 maps here)
Headwaters | Kalmiopsis Wildlands Map UT Library Online - Perry-Castańeda Map Collection - Maps of United States National Parks and Monuments USGS NATIONAL GEOLOGIC MAP DATABASE - HOMEPAGE USGS NATIONAL GEOLOGIC MAP DATABASE -
Geologic Theme Definitions USGS National Geologic Map Catalog
State of the Land -- Index to Maps, Facts, and Figures
(there are 326 maps at this site!) 
Maps of Montana

Public comment sought on Wind Cave changes
HOT SPRINGS -- Starting today, you can help Wind Cave National Park decide its proposed 6,555-acre expansion. Technically, the National Park Service calls it a "boundary adjustment." Whether anything happens depends on an environmental assessment, including the 30-day public-comment period through May 7. The land includes 5,555 acres on the Milliron and Casey ranches. The park also is interested in acquiring 80 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, 880 acres of South Dakota Public School Lands, and 40 acres of private land for sale by the owner. (See map)
"The proposed boundary adjustment would improve wildlife habitat, increase recreational opportunities, protect significant archeology sites and support management of the park's existing land," according to the park service. Wind Cave National Park currently protects 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie and forest in Custer County adjoining Custer State Park, Norbeck Wildlife Preserve and Black Hills National Forest lands. Park Superintendent Linda Stoll said an informal open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Wind Cave Visitor Center to discuss the plan. Copies of the Environmental Assessment can be found on-line at In addition, printed copies are available for review at the Custer and Hot Springs public libraries and at Wind Cave National Park visitors' center. The public can comment on the plan by writing to Park Superintendent; Wind Cave National Park; RR 1, Box 190; Hot Springs, SD 57747 or at [email protected].

Roadless Area Conservation Maps

USGS National Water-Use Data - Water Use Maps
Searched for "Map" on The Wilderness Society website: Your search returned 309 matches. 
(13 states, 8 maps -- for example, there is a map of the San Joaquin Roadless Area in CA; also one of the 'Greater Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks' showing the larger 'ecosystem' involving much larger areas of three states -- Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho -- than the parks encompass)(in Montana, there is an amazing map clearly showing the mosaicing of the different land parcels, their edges matching PERFECTLY!)              
Map 1Article in HTML (very important site) (national maps showing the 'vision' for black bear, wolf and grizzly bear range; 'wonder why the playground of Jackson Hole, Wyoming is spared from grizzlies?)
(Roads:  Since roads provide human access to remote areas, perhaps it should come as no surprise that an organization has formed which has as its primary objective the closing and removal of roads on public lands.
The Road Removal Implementation Project (ROAD-RIP) grew out of The Wildlands Project's (TWP) vision with the primary purpose of laying, "…the groundwork for protecting and restoring wildland ecosystems by eliminating roads." This is necessary because in order to expand the system of reserves and corridors envisioned by TWP, large roadless are needed throughout the continent. Viewing connectivity as a key, ROAD-RIPpers ask, "…what bigger disrupter of connectivity is there than a road?" Therefore, according to an article in Wild Earth (Winter 1995/96) by Kraig Klungness and Katie Alvord Scarborough (co-founders of ROAD-RIP), ROAD-RIP, "…has the same ultimate goal as TWP: big wilderness as home for the unimpeded evolutionary journeys of North America's myriad native species."
In January 1997, ROAD-RIP changed its name to the less abrasive Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads, Wildlands CPR. According to information released by the organization, "Our focus is specific: Wildlands CPR seeks the protection and recovery of large-scale wilderness and biodiversity by removing roads and preventing new road construction on public lands." The Wildlands Project and the Biodiversity Legal Foundation, "a non-profit organization which pursues aggressive legal strategies to preserve native wild plants and animals, communities of species ecosystems, and natural landscapes", lead the Wildlands CPR coalition.
Claiming that, "THE ROAD TO WILDERNESS RECOVERY…IS NO ROAD AT ALL," Wildlands CPR maintains that the best road density goal for maintaining and restring ecological processes is, "ZERO-NO ROADS AT ALL." Their definition of a road "includes everything from interstate highways down to two-track logging roads, off-road vehicle trails, and snowmobile routes." By using TWP vision maps, Wildlands CPR is targeting the roads necessary for closing in order to bring about large-scale North American wilderness recovery.
Believing that, "In order to assure the connectivity that TWP envisions, we need to close roads-lots of roads-…" Wildlands CPR maintains that a program like theirs is essential to the success of The Wildlands Project. Klungness and Scarborough write that Wildlands CPR, "will help make the grand vision of The Wildlands Project a reality, piece by roadless, interconnected piece."
To help activists close and remove roads ROAD-RIP published a series of guides in 1995 and 1996 collectively distributed as the ROAD-RIPPER'S HANDBOOK. The publication of these guides was made possible by the financial support of the Conservation Alliance and the Foundation for Deep Ecology. While one would naturally assume that there would be guides for Forest Service (FS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands since these have traditionally supported resource industries, there is also a guide for National Park Service (NPS) land. Since NPS lands are primarily intended for recreational and educational use, some might find it surprising that Wildlands CPR would object to access of these lands too.
In the 1999 January/February issue of The Road-RIPorter Bethanie Walder, Director of Wildlands CPR wrote, "As simple as it may seem, if we can stop the roads now, then we have a lot less timber sales, mines and motorized recreation to stop later." On the basis of that statement it is apparent that Ms. Walder considers motorized recreation (the most popular form of public land recreation) to be undesirable too. Indeed, one of the guides distributed in the HANDBOOK is titled, "The Road-Rippers Guide to Off-Road Vehicles." In a Road-RIPorter article published in 1997, Marianne Moulton criticized non-motorized recreation as well, writing, "As more Americans find their way into the backcountry, the unknown risks to the natural world increases. The shocking truth is that trails have impacts similar to roads. (emphasis added)" Recreation on public lands also came under censure in an article by Scott Silver concerned about the Forest Service's increasing emphasis on what Silver referred to as "industrial recreation." Silver wrote, "With recreation fueling the agency bureaucracy, forest activists may need to shift at least some of their attention from timber to recreation…If managed poorly, or managed primarily as a cash generating tool, then a shift to "Industrial Recreation" is hardly an improvement over the old Forest Service ways." Silver seems most disturbed about the Forest Service's recreation fee program, calling it "just another tax", and the partnership between the Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). This view of the fee program draws an interesting comparison. For years, Forest Service recreation has been the most heavily subsidized program of the Service. In 1997 (the last year for which figures are available), the Forest Service recreation program lost $264.6 million. After years of arguing for the elimination of money loosing timber sale programs, one can now wonder if activists will show similar fiscal concern when it comes to recreation. In any event, Wildlands CPR seem determined to resist almost any type of public land use that requires access. Something recreational enthusiasts might want to consider when determining if they should support The Wildlands Project.