In addition to designating 23 million acres of Wilderness, NREPA specifically:
- Designates biological connecting corridors, ensuring the continued existence of native plants and animals and mitigating the effects of climate change
- Expands and provides greater protection for many existing Wilderness areas in the Northern Rockies by protecting their surrounding wildlands and their wild rivers
- Creates more than 2,300 jobs in rural communities restoring habitat on public lands harmed by logging and road building, leading to a more sustainable economic base in the region
- Designates 1,800-miles of rivers and streams as Wild and Scenic
- Saves taxpayers $245 million over a 10-year period by eliminating subsidized development in the roadless areas that would be designated Wilderness by the bill
The backbone of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act is identifying and protecting the core greater-ecosystems of the northern Rockies bioregion. Read about the Salmon-Selway Ecosystem, the Hells Canyon-Wallowa Ecosystem, the Cabinet-Yaak-Selkirk Ecosystem, the Glacier-Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act would establish a series of biological connecting corridors (all on public lands) allowing native species such as gray wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines and lynx to migrate from places like Yellowstone National Park to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. View the map.
NREPA provides a net savings of more than $245- million over the first ten years after passage by prohibiting below-cost road building and timber sale programs within sensitive roadless areas. Learn more about the economic incentives for protecting the remaining roadless areas in the northern Rockies bioregion.
In 2017, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act Act (H.R. 2135, S. 936) was introduced. Read the news release NREPA.