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E-M:/ Ontario Lands for Life Sign-On Letter



Ontario seems to favor the timber industry in deciding the fate of
nearly one-half of Ontario's land base over the needs of the ecosystem.
We ask your group to sign the following letter to be sent to the Premier
of
Ontario in Mid June.

Please read the following background and alert and sign on to the
letter.  Feel free to use this letter as a model to craft your own
letter to send to the Premier as well.

The deadline for this letter is June 15.

Thanks,
Karen Tuerk, GREEN
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WHAT TO DO:

  1)  Sign your group on to the following letter.  Send your groups
      name, address, and a contact person to rfeather@defenders.org

The deadline for this letter is the close of business Friday, June 12.

  2)  Craft your own letter based on the group letter and send it to
      the Premier.  His e-mail:  Premier Mike Harris, premier@gov.on.ca

      If you send your own letter, copy it to the following people:

      John Snobelen, Minister of Natural Resources
      ontpc@ontla.ola.org

      Al Palladini, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
      ontpc@ontla.org

      Ernie Eves, Minister of Finance
      ontpc@ontla.ola.org

      Dalton McGuinty, Leader of the Opposition
      dalton_mcguinty-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Michael Brown, Critic, Ministry of Natural Resources
      michael_brown-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Frank Miclash, Critic, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade
          and Tourism
      frank_miclash-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Gerry Phillips, Critic, Ministry of Finance
      gerry_phillips-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
      ndpmail@ndp.on.ca

      Shelly Martel, MPP Sudbury East
      smartel-qp@ndp.on.ca

      Len Wood, MPP Cochrane
      North lwood-qp@ndp.on.ca

      Tony Silipo, MPP Dovercourt
      tsilipo-qp@ndp.on.ca

  3)  Spread this alert far and wide and make sure every group you know
      is on this letter!

For more information: http://www.sierraclub.ca/eastern/Lands.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BACKGROUND

Ontario "Lands For Life" Process Needs U.S. Input

Americans and Canadians are working together to save Ontario
wilderness.

The Province of Ontario in Canada is hoping to soon finish its industry
driven giveaway of public lands.  "Lands for Life" as it is termed, is
a public land use planning process that will decide the fate of nearly
half of Ontario's land base, including 111 Million acres of forested
public land.  Ontario conservation organizations such as the Sierra
Club of Canada, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Federation of Ontario
Naturalists and the Wildlands League, are working to protect as much of
this land as possible.  However, the Ontario forest industry is
immensely powerful, with strong friends in the Ontario Government.  The
forest industry is fighting to prevent "its" timber lands from being
classified in any sort of protected status.

It is anticipated that at the heart of the "Lands for Life" process is
the desire to provide resource companies with as much of these lands as
possible, long term timber leases and self-management over lands deemed
as "general resource" areas.  This is UNACCEPTABLE and could represent
as much as 98% of the public forested lands under some of the current
proposals being considered, unless something is done about it
immediately!  With clear cutting being the principle approach, forested
areas and wildlife such as the white pine, woodland caribou and wolf
populations could be dramatically and permanently affected.

Several Canadian organizations are working to raise environmental
concerns during the remaining few months of the Lands for Life process.
US citizens can help in this process by raising issues that will
resonate with government officials: economics and tourism dollars.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SIGN-ON LETTER

June 15, 1998

Dear Premier Harris:

The environmental organizations listed below are writing to you to
express our deep concerns regarding the Lands for Life process now
underway in Ontario.  We understand that this process will decide the
fate of nearly half of Ontario's land base, approximately 111,000,000
acres of Crown Land.

We are very concerned that this process is being driven by industry, in
order to provide resource companies with much longer term access to
Crown Lands at the expense of the natural landscape, and at the same
time, moving towards a self regulation model for resource companies.
We believe the transfer of responsibility for these lands to resource
companies is totally unacceptable. We believe that other options can
and do exist which will maintain the natural biodiversity and integrity
of these forests while maintaining jobs and a healthy economy.

We believe that Crown Lands have a very high public trust value, and
belong to all the citizens of Ontario and should therefore be used to
benefit all the people of this great province.  Crown Lands are
necessary to provide important services that are rarely provided by
private lands, e.g. open access for public recreation and special
ecological purposes such as clean air, water and unfragmented habitat.
Crown lands are not held in trust for a single interest group such as
the forest industry which strives to profit off of public lands at the
expense of native biodiversity.

As you know, Premier Harris, the people of Ontario have consistently
expressed their support for protecting wilderness and roadless areas.
This was most recently shown in the 1997 Oracle Research study which
indicated 82% province wide support for wilderness protection (69%
strongly, 13% somewhat) and in Northern Ontario, 74% support for
protecting remaining wilderness areas (67% strongly, 7% somewhat).

In addition, economic studies have clearly shown that a high quality of
life is important to the economic growth of an area.  People who want
to live, work and raise a family appreciate the natural landscape and
want it protected.  An intact landscape generates more jobs and incomes
by providing natural-resource amenities such as water and air quality,
recreational opportunities, ecological tourism, scenic beauty, and fish
and wildlife which help to make Ontario an enjoyable place to live,
work and visit.

A study done in the Pacific Northwest US showed: "Communities seeking
to develop new jobs generally will have to look to industries other
than resource-related industries (in part due to increased
mechanization in the timber extraction industry). Communities that have
heavily depended on resource-related industries generally should expect
economic stagnation or contraction in the future if they continue to
look mainly to these industries for the maintenance of economic
vitality". ("Assessing Economic Tradeoffs in Forest Management" Ernie
Niemei, Pacific Northwest Research Station).

Premier Harris, for these reasons we request that you protect all old
growth forests threatened in the Lands for Life process, all Roadless
Areas, all Class 1, Provincially Significant Wetlands and the
additional recommendations such as buffer areas around wilderness areas
all as outlined in the Recommendations to the Round Table Members of
the Sierra Club of Eastern Canada.

Lastly, the members of the organizations listed below are very
concerned that this process will lead to an unregulated transfer of
public land to the resource extraction industries through-super tenure
leases which will result in a massive clearcutting of the forests, the
elimination of species and the fragmentation of the forests of Ontario.

Premier Harris, we call on you to listen to the people of Ontario and
ensure that Crown Land in the Lands for Life process remains in public
hands and is not transferred to the resource extraction industries and
that wilderness areas remain protected both today and into the future.

Signed:

GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
Roger Featherstone, Director

[Your group and hundreds more]

cc:
John Snobelen, Minister of Natural Resources
Al Palladini, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
Ernie Eves, Minister of Finance
Dalton McGuinty, Leader of the Opposition
Michael Brown, Critic, Ministry of Natural Resources
Frank Miclash, Critic, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and
Tourism
Gerry Phillips, Critic, Ministry of Finance
Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
Shelly Martel, MPP Sudbury East
Len Wood, MPP Cochrane
Tony Silipo, MPP Dovercourt

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Roger Featherstone, GREEN Director
PO Box 40046, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0046
(505) 277-8302  fax, (505) 277-5483 rfeather@defenders.org
http://www.defenders.org/grnhome.html

GREEN DC Office
1101 14th St., NW, Ste. 1400, Washington,  DC 20005 (202) 682-9400
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




-- BEGIN included message

Ontario seems to favor the timber industry in deciding the fate of
nearly one-half of
Ontario's land base over the needs of the ecosystem.  We ask your group
to sign the
following letter to be sent to the Premier of Ontario in Mid June.

Please read the following background and alert and sign on to the
letter.  Feel free to use this letter as a model to craft your own
letter to send to the Premier as well.

The deadline for this letter is June 15.

Thanks,
Karen Tuerk, GREEN
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WHAT TO DO:

  1)  Sign your group on to the following letter.  Send your groups
      name, address, and a contact person to rfeather@defenders.org

The deadline for this letter is the close of business Friday, June 12.

  2)  Craft your own letter based on the group letter and send it to
      the Premier.  His e-mail:  Premier Mike Harris, premier@gov.on.ca

      If you send your own letter, copy it to the following people:

      John Snobelen, Minister of Natural Resources
      ontpc@ontla.ola.org

      Al Palladini, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
      ontpc@ontla.org

      Ernie Eves, Minister of Finance
      ontpc@ontla.ola.org

      Dalton McGuinty, Leader of the Opposition
      dalton_mcguinty-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Michael Brown, Critic, Ministry of Natural Resources
      michael_brown-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Frank Miclash, Critic, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade
          and Tourism
      frank_miclash-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Gerry Phillips, Critic, Ministry of Finance
      gerry_phillips-mpp@ontla.ola.org

      Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
      ndpmail@ndp.on.ca

      Shelly Martel, MPP Sudbury East
      smartel-qp@ndp.on.ca

      Len Wood, MPP Cochrane
      North lwood-qp@ndp.on.ca

      Tony Silipo, MPP Dovercourt
      tsilipo-qp@ndp.on.ca

  3)  Spread this alert far and wide and make sure every group you know
      is on this letter!

For more information: http://www.sierraclub.ca/eastern/Lands.html

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
BACKGROUND

Ontario "Lands For Life" Process Needs U.S. Input

Americans and Canadians are working together to save Ontario
wilderness.

The Province of Ontario in Canada is hoping to soon finish its industry
driven giveaway of public lands.  "Lands for Life" as it is termed, is
a public land use planning process that will decide the fate of nearly
half of Ontario's land base, including 111 Million acres of forested
public land.  Ontario conservation organizations such as the Sierra
Club of Canada, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Federation of Ontario
Naturalists and the Wildlands League, are working to protect as much of
this land as possible.  However, the Ontario forest industry is
immensely powerful, with strong friends in the Ontario Government.  The
forest industry is fighting to prevent "its" timber lands from being
classified in any sort of protected status.

It is anticipated that at the heart of the "Lands for Life" process is
the desire to provide resource companies with as much of these lands as
possible, long term timber leases and self-management over lands deemed
as "general resource" areas.  This is UNACCEPTABLE and could represent
as much as 98% of the public forested lands under some of the current
proposals being considered, unless something is done about it
immediately!  With clear cutting being the principle approach, forested
areas and wildlife such as the white pine, woodland caribou and wolf
populations could be dramatically and permanently affected.

Several Canadian organizations are working to raise environmental
concerns during the remaining few months of the Lands for Life process.
US citizens can help in this process by raising issues that will
resonate with government officials: economics and tourism dollars.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
SIGN-ON LETTER

June 15, 1998

Dear Premier Harris:

The environmental organizations listed below are writing to you to
express our deep concerns regarding the Lands for Life process now
underway in Ontario.  We understand that this process will decide the
fate of nearly half of Ontario's land base, approximately 111,000,000
acres of Crown Land.

We are very concerned that this process is being driven by industry, in
order to provide resource companies with much longer term access to
Crown Lands at the expense of the natural landscape, and at the same
time, moving towards a self regulation model for resource companies.
We believe the transfer of responsibility for these lands to resource
companies is totally unacceptable. We believe that other options can
and do exist which will maintain the natural biodiversity and integrity
of these forests while maintaining jobs and a healthy economy.

We believe that Crown Lands have a very high public trust value, and
belong to all the citizens of Ontario and should therefore be used to
benefit all the people of this great province.  Crown Lands are
necessary to provide important services that are rarely provided by
private lands, e.g. open access for public recreation and special
ecological purposes such as clean air, water and unfragmented habitat.
Crown lands are not held in trust for a single interest group such as
the forest industry which strives to profit off of public lands at the
expense of native biodiversity.

As you know, Premier Harris, the people of Ontario have consistently
expressed their support for protecting wilderness and roadless areas.
This was most recently shown in the 1997 Oracle Research study which
indicated 82% province wide support for wilderness protection (69%
strongly, 13% somewhat) and in Northern Ontario, 74% support for
protecting remaining wilderness areas (67% strongly, 7% somewhat).

In addition, economic studies have clearly shown that a high quality of
life is important to the economic growth of an area.  People who want
to live, work and raise a family appreciate the natural landscape and
want it protected.  An intact landscape generates more jobs and incomes
by providing natural-resource amenities such as water and air quality,
recreational opportunities, ecological tourism, scenic beauty, and fish
and wildlife which help to make Ontario an enjoyable place to live,
work and visit.

A study done in the Pacific Northwest US showed: "Communities seeking
to develop new jobs generally will have to look to industries other
than resource-related industries (in part due to increased
mechanization in the timber extraction industry). Communities that have
heavily depended on resource-related industries generally should expect
economic stagnation or contraction in the future if they continue to
look mainly to these industries for the maintenance of economic
vitality". ("Assessing Economic Tradeoffs in Forest Management" Ernie
Niemei, Pacific Northwest Research Station).

Premier Harris, for these reasons we request that you protect all old
growth forests threatened in the Lands for Life process, all Roadless
Areas, all Class 1, Provincially Significant Wetlands and the
additional recommendations such as buffer areas around wilderness areas
all as outlined in the Recommendations to the Round Table Members of
the Sierra Club of Eastern Canada.

Lastly, the members of the organizations listed below are very
concerned that this process will lead to an unregulated transfer of
public land to the resource extraction industries through-super tenure
leases which will result in a massive clearcutting of the forests, the
elimination of species and the fragmentation of the forests of Ontario.

Premier Harris, we call on you to listen to the people of Ontario and
ensure that Crown Land in the Lands for Life process remains in public
hands and is not transferred to the resource extraction industries and
that wilderness areas remain protected both today and into the future.

Signed:

GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
Roger Featherstone, Director

[Your group and hundreds more]

cc:
John Snobelen, Minister of Natural Resources
Al Palladini, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
Ernie Eves, Minister of Finance
Dalton McGuinty, Leader of the Opposition
Michael Brown, Critic, Ministry of Natural Resources
Frank Miclash, Critic, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and
Tourism
Gerry Phillips, Critic, Ministry of Finance
Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party
Shelly Martel, MPP Sudbury East
Len Wood, MPP Cochrane
Tony Silipo, MPP Dovercourt

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Roger Featherstone, GREEN Director
PO Box 40046, Albuquerque, NM 87196-0046
(505) 277-8302  fax, (505) 277-5483 rfeather@defenders.org
http://www.defenders.org/grnhome.html

GREEN DC Office
1101 14th St., NW, Ste. 1400, Washington,  DC 20005 (202) 682-9400
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



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