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Montana is one of five states targeted by proposed legislation that would restrict future logging and other industrial activities on over 23 million acres of road-less lands, by designating the areas as permanent wilderness.

Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva (AZ), have introduced the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) in Congress with the claim that  it will protect a “pristine ecosystem”.

Besides Montana, the acres are in Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington... 

Congresswoman Maloney said, “NREPA will protect natural biological corridors and connect whole ecosystems. It would save taxpayers money by eliminating wasteful subsidies to the logging industry, and create thousands of new jobs, restoring over one million acres of damaged habitat and watershed.”