November 29, 2007
Missouri's Big Spring Sparks Congressional Scrape
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
A battle is brewing over federal wilderness protection for the largest freshwater spring in North America.
From the Environment News Service:
The Missouri Wilderness Coalition, an informal network of 18 conservation groups, says Big Spring area and six other areas of the[Mark Twain] national forest totalling [sic.] 49,323 acres need new protections that only Congress can provide, because they are now being targeted for logging and roadbuilding by the U.S. Forest Service. . . .
This week the coalition ran into trouble when U.S. Representatives Jo Ann Emerson and Roy Blunt, both Missouri Republicans, announced their joint opposition to the wilderness protection proposal.
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