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Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Senator Levin is a terribly important vote on this issue. He needs to hear
from his constituency that he should vote to protect forests. If you could
make a call into his office and let him know that yoiu want OUR national
forests standing, it may make the difference.
Some points that will help develop your arguments:
1. The Bryan amendment will not shift much money out off Michigan,
instead, it will potentially bring in more money to do non-extractive,
conservation work. The only money it will potentially remove from Mich
is timber access road money.
2. Michigan's NF's are in a heavily roaded state, with over 10,000 miles
of Forest Service roads, not including coutny roads. These roads need to
be removed and decommissioned in order to truly begin forest restoration
processes. The process of decommissioning roads will employ the same
workers that would otherwise build more roads.
3. The Bryan amendment will save taxpayers at least $25 milion dollars
directly (will cut the FS budget by this much), and untold amounts by
reducing the amount of below cost timber sale funding(thereby saving trees
If you have any questions about the issue, or vote coming up, please
contact me by email, or call me at 812-337-1631.
For the Forests,
SENATE INTERIOR BILL STARTS TUESDAY, SEPT. 8
The Senate is expected to begin consideration of the Interior
Appropriations bill this coming Tuesday. Senator Richard Bryan (D-
NV) will offer an amendment to cut at least $50 million in destructive
subsidies for logging and roadbuilding in National Forest roadless
areas. Half of the funds will be used to restore wildlife and recreation
programs slashed by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the rest
will go to the taxpayer. Please contact your Senators at 202/224-3121
and urge them to support the Bryan Amendment.
POTENTIAL NEW SUPPORTERS
Last year, there were fifty votes for Sen. Bryan's amendment.
We have indications from a number of offices who voted against the
amendment last year, that they are considering supporting it this year.
This group includes Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Carl Levin (D-MI),
Lauch Faircloth (R-NC), Arlen Specter (R-PA) and John McCain (R-
AZ). We are expecting a close vote again this year, so these could be
the deciding votes. If you are from these states, please try to get as
many contacts into these Senators as possible to urge them to support
the Bryan amendment.
WESTERN DEMOCRATS KEY
Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), who
voted with Bryan last year, have not yet committed their support for
this year's Bryan amendment. Several of the other key players (Sens.
Daschle and Baucus and the Clinton Administration) could be strongly
influenced if Murray or Wyden would publicly endorse the amendment.
Please contact Sen. Murray (202/224-2621, fax 224-0238) and Sen.
Wyden (202/224-5244, fax 228-2717), and urge him/her to support the
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION STILL UNDECIDED
We have had a number of positive meetings with the Clinton
Administration to encourage their support for the Bryan amendment.
No decision has been reached at this time and some calls of
encouragement may be helpful. Please contact Anne Kennedy, USDA,
202/720-7173, fax 720-4732 and T.J. Glauthier, Office of Management
and Budget, 202/395-4561, fax 395-4639 to urge the Clinton
Administration to support the Bryan amendment.
SEN. BAUCUS TO OFFER AMENDMENT TO STRIKE SOME
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is expected to offer an amendment to
strike approximately half of the anti-environmental riders in the Senate
Interior bill. The provisions that have been left out include
Stewardship Contracting, Resource Planning Assessments (RPA), BLM
Grazing Permits, Alaskan Land exchanges and the Columbia Basin
Project. We have heard that the Stewardship Contracting rider may be
scaled back to a small pilot project. Please contact your Senators at
202/224-3121 and urge them to support the Baucus amendment. Also
urge them to ask Sen. Baucus to include all of the riders, not just
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