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Enviro-Mich message from Mike Boyce <birder@voyager.net>
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With a mere 5% of forests remaining in this country, protecting what's
left is crutial to the survival of countless species.  Take a few
minutes to help save Michigan's dwindling forestland too.
   
ACTION ALERT!!   Action Alert   ACTION ALERT!!

From:
Save America's Forests
4 Library Court, SE
Washington, DC  20003
202-544-9219


Action Steps for the Act to Save America's Forests

Contact Congress (key members for your area)

Please tell your Representative to cosponsor the Act to Save America's
Forests, H.R. 1376, introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo and Carolyn
Maloney, currently with 67 cosponsors.

Tell your two Senators that they should cosponsor the Act to Save
America's
Forests, S. 977, introduced by Senator Robert Torricelli, currently with
3
cosponsors.  

To reach your Senators and Representatives:

Phone Congress at 202-225-3121 and ask to speak with your Representative
or
Senator.

Send postcards to your Representative and Senators.  Save America's
Forests
can provide postcards for you to distribute to your friends,
organizations
and businesses.  
                Representative ________         Senator ___________
                U.S. House of Representatives   U.S. Senate
                Washington, DC     20515                Washington, DC  
20510

Write a letter to your Representative and Senators about the U.S.
deforestation crisis and explain how the Act to Save America's Forests
will
stop and reverse it.  Don't forget to ask for a reply.  

Organize and lead a delegation of voters to meet your Representative and
Senators in person.  Save America's Forests will help you arrange a
meeting
in your district.  

Mobilize the Media
Print an article about the Act to Save America's Forests in your
organization's newsletter.  We can provide you with a sample article. 
Write a letter to the editor or an Op-Ed in your local newspaper.  Meet
with
the editorial board and ask them to write an editorial supporting the
Act to
Save America's Forests.  

We want to help you become an effective forest protection advocate. 
Enclosed
is information about the Act to Save America's Forests including a bill
summary, a current list of cosponsors, sample editorials, and some post
cards
you can send to your Representative and Senators.  Please contact us for
more
information about how to accomplish any of the actions listed above, or
any
other organizing actions you may think of.  We look forward to working
with
you for the future of America's wild and natural forest heritage.  Thank
you
for taking action today!


Dear Forest Protection Activist, 

Thank you for your interest in helping the campaign to pass the Act to
Save
America's Forests.  This historic bill in the U.S. Congress will protect
and
restore America's last remaining wild forests.  

The Act to Save America's Forests (H.R. 1376), introduced in the House
of
Representatives by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney
(D-NY), has already gained more than 60 cosponsors.  Our goal is to
reach 100
House cosponsors this year.  The co-sponsorship of your representative
is
critical to move this legislation forward and pass it into law.

In addition, Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) has introduced the Act to
Save
America's Forests (S. 977) in the Senate.  This historic introduction in
the
Senate is a giant step forward in the campaign to save our national
forests,
and gives added weight and urgency to the cosponsorship drive.  Senator
Torricelli has vowed to put the entire Senate on record for or against
this
legislation.

Your help is coming at a critical time.  Of the 1 billion acres of
original
wild forests that once covered our land, more than 95% have been
logged.  

The remaining 5% of America's original forests are the last stronghold
for
the America's natural forest heritage.  They are essential to the
survival
and well being of thousands of native species of plants and animals,
including the endangered wild salmon and grizzly bear.  Without these
intact
forest ecosystems, countless species will become extinct, some within
our
lifetime.

Yet the logging is increasing:

The last remaining Pacific Northwest Ancient Forests continue to be
clearcut
under the infamous "timber salvage rider" and"Option 9".
The US Forest Service has mandated increased logging of the virgin
temperate
rainforests of Alaska in the Tongass National Forest Land Management
Plan.
The last roadless forests of the Rocky Mountain states are being
stripped
bare by logging proceeding in blatant violation of environmental laws.

These precious forests are public forests on our public lands, yet they
are
being clearcut and plundered by private timber companies with the
collusion
of the US Forest Service.  This wholesale deforestation of America's
last
wild forests must be stopped, and these forests must be saved now or
they
will be lost forever!

Fortunately, it is not too late.  Your help in passing the Act to Save
America's Forests at this critical moment can make the difference that
will
reverse deforestation in the U.S. and save these forests forever.  

Sincerely, 

Forest Campaigner




The Act to Save America's Forests of 1997 

House of Representatives
Bill Number H.R. 1376
Sponsors:  Rep. Anna Eshoo  Rep. Carolyn Maloney


Senate
Bill Number S. 977
Sponsor:  Senator Robert Torricelli




1.      Protects and restores native biological diversity—Maintaining
native
forest biodiversity will become the priority of federal forest
management
agencies.  The U.S. Forest Service will be required to restore the
native
plants and animals that originally existed on that forest site, either
by
active restoration projects or by letting natural succession take its
course.

2.      Bans clearcutting and "even age" logging, and artificial tree
farms on
federal forestlands—Allows selection logging on designated timber lands.
 Selection logging has been shown to produce more timber, higher quality
timber, and more jobs than clearcutting.

3.      Strengthens citizen enforcement—Federal land management agencies
have
shown little respect for environmental law.  Unfortunately, the
possibilities
for public recourse against law-breaking timber management agencies are
currently very limited.  Other environmental laws such as the Clean Air
Act
and the Clean Water Act provide legal expenses for citizens who
successfully
sue the federal government for violation of federal law.  This promotes
more
thorough enforcement and results in less violation of law.  The Act to
Save
America's Forests would provide similar enforcement measures, ensuring
that
the provisions of the Act will become reality in protecting our forests.



Protection of Core Forest Areas

4.      Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Northwest Ancient
Forests—Under
current management plans, clearcutting continues in the Pacific
Northwest
Ancient Forests.  The Act bans logging and roadbuilding in Ancient
Forests,
sensitive riparian areas and key watersheds.  This will permanently
protect
the habitat of endangered salmon, marbled murrelet and spotted owl that
are
being pushed towards extinction under current policies.

5.      Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Roadless Areas—The
bill
prohibits logging and new road building in all roadless areas, both the
inventoried RARE II and those uninventoried areas.  Roadless areas form
the
core reserves of biological diversity.  Their protection from logging is
vital to the full restoration of biodiversity.  

6.      Prohibition of Logging and Roadbuilding in Special Areas—In
order to
protect forest areas with important watersheds, old-growth forests,
endangered species habitat, and other exceptional values, the bill
prohibits
"extractive logging" in these "special areas".  These special forest
areas,
many threatened with imminent logging, may have been previously roaded
or
logged, and therefore do not qualify for protection as roadless or
Ancient
Forests.   The bill identifies "special areas" on national forests in 26
states around the country.  



Background

More than 95% of America's original forests have been cut down.  The
last 5%,
found primarily on federal lands, is targeted for clearcutting by the
timber
industry and the U.S. Forest Service.  Working together, they continue
to
convert America's last natural forests into sterile tree farms or barren
wastelands.  The survival of native species of plants, mammals, birds,
fish,
amphibians, and reptiles are threatened as these last native forests are
logged.  If the current pace of logging planned by the U.S. Forest
Service
continues, nearly all of America's ancient and roadless wild forests
will
soon be lost forever.

Passage of the Act to Save America's Forests would permanently protect
our
National Forests.



Summary prepared by:

Save America's Forests
4 Library Court, SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-544-9219





Sample Letter to Senator or Representative
                                                                       
Your Address
                                                                       
Date
Senator ___________             Rep.______________
U.S. Senate              OR     U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20510   Washington, DC 20515

Dear Senator/Representative _____________,

        After the 104th Congress' horrendous timber salvage rider, it is
refreshing
to find a piece of environmentally and scientifically sound forest
legislation in Congress.  The Act to Save America's Forests was
introduced in
April as H.R.1376 by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
in
the House, where it currently has over 65 cosponsors.  It was introduced
in
the Senate as S.977 by Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ).  I urge you to
cosponsor this legislation.
        The Act to Save America's Forests is based on the principles of
conservation
biology.  It would make the protection of native biodiversity the
primary
goal of federal forest management agencies.  The bill would protect over
20
million acres of core forest areas throughout the nation, including
Ancient
Forests, roadless areas, key watersheds, and other special areas.  It is
a
comprehensive, sustainable, and ecologically-sound plan for protecting
and
restoring the entire federal forest system.
        Less than five percent of America's original forests remain.  It
is
remarkable that the U.S. still has that much old-growth left after more
than
a century of government subsidies for ruthless logging practices on
federal
lands.  These forests remain the prime targets of the timber industry
and the
U.S. Forest Service, which have consistently converted America's natural
forests into sterile tree farms or barren wastelands.  The survival of
native
species of plants, mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles are
threatened as these last native forests are logged.
        If the current pace of logging planned by the Forest Service
continues,
nearly all of America's ancient and roadless wild forests will soon be
lost
forever.  According to a recent report by the World Resources Institute,
only
one percent of the original forest cover remains in large blocks within
the
lower 48 states.  The Act to Save America's Forests incorporates the
solution
recommended by the report, namely to protect core forest areas from any
logging and to allow sustainable forest practices around these protected
forests.  This bill may be the last hope for America's forests.
        The people of this state and this nation want to protect the
precious few
forests we have left.  We owe it to our children, and all future
generations,
to provide them the opportunity to enjoy the natural grandeur of an
ancient
forest and revel in the splendor of native biodiversity.  Should the Act
to
Save America's Forests become law, Americans will secure these wonders
for
future generations.  
        
I am disappointed that you have not yet added your name to the list of
cosponsors of the Act to Save America's Forests.  I urge you to
cosponsor the
Act to Save America's Forests.
        I look forward to hearing your position on this
issue.                  

                                                       
Sincerely,                                              



Sample Letter to The Editor
Today's Date
SAVE AMERICA'S FORESTS

To the Editor:

The Act to Save America's Forests is landmark forest protection
legislation
that would end logging in the Pacific Northwest Ancient Forests,
roadless
areas, and other special areas across the US.  The bill would also make
the
protection and restoration of native biodiversity the primary goal of
federal
forest management, protecting over 20 million acres of ecologically
critical
"core areas" of native biodiversity around the nation.  These areas are
national treasures, and like any treasure, they are in need of
protection.

For years, the timber industry and the Forest Service have plundered our
public lands.  More than 95% of America's original forests have been cut
down, and the remaining 5% are the next target.  Like a cool breeze
rustling
through the thick canopy of a natural forest, the Act to Save America's
Forests brings a breath of fresh air to Congress, and will hopefully let
those who love our national forests breathe a little easier.

Currently, the Act has over 65 cosponsors in the House and has been
introduced by Sen. Robert Torricelli of NJ in the Senate.  Rep./Sen.
_________ has yet to add his/her name to the list of cosponsors.  I find
this
very disappointing.

The Act to Save America's Forests is by far the strongest and most
comprehensive forest protection bill ever introduced in Congress.  Poll
after
poll has shown that the American people want to protect our nation's few
remaining wild and natural forests, and the Act to Save America's
Forests
would do just that.  This legislation may be the last chance for
Americans to
halt and reverse deforestation on all our federal lands.

Everyone who has ever walked through the cathedral grandeur of an
ancient
forest, everyone who has ever wished to see the glory of an old-growth
forest, and everyone who wishes to have the opportunity to show their
children and their children's children the natural splendor of our
national
forests should support the Act.  I urge Rep./Sen. _______ to become a
cosponsor of the Act to Save America's Forests.  These are our forests
and
our future.  



YOUR NAME
Your Town



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