I recognize that there are legitimate reasons for AW to pull its support for this bill. At the same time, opening Yellowstone and Yosemite to paddling is the white whale of river access. The NPS stance on paddling in these parks has historically been the biggest whitewater access issue in this country, and it is frustrating that now that there is a chance to make a change, AW pulls its support with minimal explanation.
I assume that AW stands to lose a lot of money/relationships if they continue to back this bill. Nevertheless, this is an issue that goes to the heart of what AW stands for, and I feel they should always be advocating on behalf of paddler access.
I give AW money every year based on the understanding that they will fight for river access. I do not support AW because they are an environmental organization. There are better places to donate money if environmental issues are the primary concern.
At the very least I want a better explanation than the short paragraph on the AW website.