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Protecting America's National Forests, a report by the Heritage Forests Campaign

Businesses Support Roadless Protections

On March 31, 2006, nearly fifty leading brand-name outdoor businesses and local retailers sent a letter to the U.S. Forest Service requesting roadless backcountry lands to remain protected, and for any current or proposed development in these areas to be withdrawn.

The multi-billion dollar industry that makes and sells outdoor recreation equipment and apparel expressed their concern about recent development threats to these pristine areas and the subsequent loss of public recreational areas.

Outdoor businesses rely on America's 58.5 million acres of backcountry roadless areas to provide ideal places for people to explore, recreate, and spend time with their families. From clean and free-flowing rivers and streams to the splendor of old-growth forests, millions of Americans enjoy roadless wildlands each year and support a sustainable outdoor industry.

Read the letters:


"America's pristine roadless forests are public assets that provide our customers with incredible recreational opportunities. Without these wild backcountry lands, our business opportunities would be significantly restricted."
- Casey Sheahan, CEO, Patagonia, Inc.

"Our river guide customers rely on wild and pristine roadless lands for their livelihoods, and we rely on our customers. Without these outstanding backcountry areas to recreate in, both our customers and our business would suffer."
- Dave Knutson, Chaco, Inc.

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