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Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman@expert.cc.purdue.edu>
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Please continue to voice your opinion to Senator Levin that he should:

1. Lead the charge to not allow the Kempthorne ESA bill as a rider
2. Vote for the Bryan Amendment
3. Lead the attempt to block all anti-environmental riders

Urge Senator Abraham to vote for the Bryan Amendment and not to vote for
the Kempthorne Rider.

Their numbers are:
Senator Carl Levin  (202) 224-6221
Senator Spencer Abraham (202) 224-4822

I have editorials that have run in Michigan that support cutting subsidies
to the timber industry.  At least 2 directly call on the Senators to vote
for the Bryan amendment.  Contact me if you would like to foward these on
to their offices.  This is a great way to relay the message "we are
watching, and we will hold you accountable" in a kind hearted and
respectful manner.

My number is 812-337-1631, or you can reply to this message.

Thanks for your help.

Frank Ambrose
American Lands  

SUBJECT:  INTERIOR BILL ON HOLD UNTIL NEXT WEEK

     Continuing controversy and disagreement over the Interior
Appropriations bill caused Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) to delay
consideration of the bill until next week.  Campaign finance reform and
the Kempthorne ESA bill have appeared as riders to the Interior bill,
and yesterday, Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) attempted to add the Patients
Bill of Rights legislation.  Sen. Lott used his position as Majority
Leader to block Daschle's amendment to regulate HMO's by putting
aside the Interior bill to consider other legislation.


SEN. BRYAN FINALIZES AMENDMENT TO CUT TIMBER
PROGRAM

     The Bryan amendment will remove $32 million from the Forest
Service timber program by cutting $28 million from the Timber
Management line-item and $4 million from Road Construction.  Half
the savings will go to the taxpayer.  The remaining $16 million will be
evenly divided between road maintenance, watershed improvements,
wildlife and recreation.  The Bryan amendment also will strike the rider
that prevents the Forest Service from decommissioning environmentally
harmful roads.  In addition, the amendment will hold counties harmless
for the revenue payments they receive as part of the timber program. 

     Please contact your Senators at 202/224-3121 and the Clinton
Administration at 202/456-6224 and urge them to support the Byran
amendment to stop subsidized logging and to reprioritize the Forest
Service budget towards environmental restoration.



FAST TRACK VOTE NEXT WEEK?  

     House Republican Conference Chairman John Boehner (R-OH)
told reporters the House GOP leadership is committed to holding a vote
on Fast Track, but would not confirm when, reports CongressDaily. 
House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) is predicting Fast Track
supporters will gain 15-20 votes from last year's vote. 
Environmentalists oppose Fast Track because of the severe
environmental impacts of trade agreements.  Protections for forest
ecosystems in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. have been lowered since
the passage of NAFTA in 1994.  Senators may also address Fast Track
next week. 

HOUSE BLOCKS VOTE ON FULL $18 BILLION IN
IMF FUNDING!

     Opponents of expanded IMF funding prevented the House from
voting on an amendment to increase IMF allocations from $3 or $4
billion to the $18 billion that the Senate approved.  The victory is not
complete as a compromise is expected with the Senate bill in
conference.  The IMF often encourages unsustainable exploitation of
natural and human resources to ensure speedy repayment of debt.  

     Please contact your Senators and Representative at 202/225-
3121 and urge him/her to oppose both Fast Track and the
expansion of IMF.  


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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