We believe that eventually those areas will be protected as wilderness, but like any vision, it's going to take a while." Bob Clark of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies (which has played a central role in crafting and selling NREPA) says that even though the bill has 82 cosponsors thus far, "that's not enough to push it through.
Of some immediate comfort is the likelihood that the majority of the NREPA lands will be included in the Clinton administration's recent initiative to gain protection for up to 60 million acres of roadless national forest.
A bill before Congress, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA, H.R.
The vehicle for this gander vision is the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA), H.R.
The scope of NREPA is, in fact, very close to the "Wildlands Project" proposed by Foreman and conservation biologist Michael Soule.