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Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman@expert.cc.purdue.edu>
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From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc@igc.apc.org>
Subject: Kempthorne ESA Bill Moving Towards Vote

TO:           All Activists
FROM:     American Lands Alliance
DATE:      July 17, 1998

SUBJECT:  Kempthorne ESA Bill Moving Towards Vote
          -- Please Call Your Senators Now


     According to Senate Democratic staff, Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott is pressuring the Democratic leadership to reach a time
agreement on S.1180, endangered species legislation introduced by
Senators Dirk Kempthorne (R-ID) and John Chafee (R-RI).  If an
agreement is reached, Senator Lott may bring S.1180 to the floor next
week.  The Kempthorne proposal has been denounced by conservation,
religious, scientific, animal welfare, and fishing groups because it
would roll back the Endangered Species Act's most protective
mechanisms.

WHAT YOU CAN DO 

Call your Senators at 202/224-3121 or 800/985-8762 and urge them
to:

1.  Place a hold on Kempthorne's species endangerment bill (S.
1180)
2.  Vote against the bill
3.  Encourage the Administration to oppose the bill

Kempthorne's anti-ESA bill would be devastating to our fish, wildlife,
and forests.  The bill:

--Fails to genuinely promote species recovery,
--Makes recovery plan agreements voluntary for the Forest Service and
other agencies (this is one of Lott's proposed amendments),
--Exempts Forest Service and other federal land management agency
actions and plans from citizen and judicial oversight through
"sufficiency" language similar to what we saw with the timber salvage
rider,
--Largely exempts federal agency actions from consultation with the
Fish & Wildlife Service to assess impacts on endangered species and
how to better protect them, 
--Adds more red tape, delays, and costs to the listing of endangered
species, 
--Makes listing decisions subject to short-term economic considerations
(versus just sound science) (this is one of Lott' proposed amendments),
--Weakens the already inadequate standards for the mitigation plans
(i.e., habitat conservation plans or HCPs) required of landowners who
obtain permits to destroy species habitats (i.e., incidental take permits),
and
--Makes the Administration's devastating "no surprises" policy part of
the law, locking-in failed HCPs, locking-out adaptive management,
forcing taxpayers to subsidize plan improvements and species'
recovery.

For more information, please contact Brian Vincent, American
Lands, 530/265-3506, 530/265-6232 (fax), wafcca@nccn.net or
Daniel A. Hall, American Lands, Forest Biodiversity Program,
wafcfbp@teleport.com  ph: 503-978-0511      fx: 503-978-1757


The Western Ancient Forest Campaign is now American Lands, reflecting our
work with citizens nationwide to protect America's wildlife and wild places.


Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

American Lands 
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3188
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc@igc.org



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