Osprey Team Member Attends Wilderness Week In Washington D.C.

Osprey Packs team member Megan Waterman attended Wilderness Week in Washington D.C., a four day gathering of wilderness supporters aimed at raising awareness of the need to protect the nation's public lands for future generations.
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Osprey Packs team member Megan Waterman attended Wilderness Week in Washington D.C., a four day gathering of wilderness supporters from around the country aimed at raising awareness of the nation's public wild lands and the need to protect them for future generations to use and enjoy.

“We went to show our support of the omnibus Public Lands package,” said Waterman. “Congress still has time to protect some of our nation's best wild public lands before this session is over and we went to remind them it is important to their constituents' business and economic well being.”

The Wilderness Week gathering brings together people from all walks of life, including teachers, business people, sportsmen, and conservationists, who share the goal of supporting wilderness protection. The event, which took place September 7-9, 2008, provided training, a chance to get to know fellow wilderness advocates from across the country and the opportunity to visit congressional representatives and staff to make the case for protecting some of America's last best wild places. The highlight of the training session was a speech given by Colorado Senator Ken Salazar.

Congress has before it more than a dozen viable wilderness bills, which together would protect nearly two million acres of special wild lands. The National Wilderness Preservation System has protected 107 million acres since it was enacted in 1964, but this represents less than five percent of the nation's land mass. We continue to lose 6,000 acres of open space per day to development.

Seven wilderness measures are now included in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, a large public lands package pending in the Senate. This legislation would protect land across Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Virginia and West Virginia. Wilderness Week attendees urged Congress to pass this bill and to consider other worthy wilderness bills this year.

“Even though Congress has much on its plate and time is running out, passing wilderness proposals should be a high priority. A lot of hard work has been put into the Public Lands package and although we are in the thick of election season we hope that this legislation does not get lost in the hustle and bustle. This event really provided a great platform to rally wilderness support in Washington,” said Waterman.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with a local Wilderness Week participant, please contact:

Gareth Martins
Director of Marketing
Osprey Packs

Mary Buchmayr
Verde PR

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