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E-M:/ Urgent alert on Omnibus lands bill. Act to block HR 4570



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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TO ENVIRO-MICH: Please take time to call your member of Congress to urge
OPPOSITION to the Omnibus Parks Bill, HR 4570, which is expected to be up in
Congress on Wednesday this week!  The below alert gives an overview.  While
there are some minor good things in this bill (like that it would get rid of
the road authorization for Pictured Rocks) the huge number of truly wretched,
disgusting provisions to slice and dice National Parks, to open up wilderness
areas, and to create pork barrel projects FAR outweighs the good. Heck,
they've even thrown in some of the gut environmental considerations in logging
activities on National Forests just to complete the picture!

At the end of this message is a list of all Michigan's Congressional membesr
and their Washington Office phone numbers -- take a few minutes RIGHT NOW to
prevent undoing decades of efforts to protect US National Parks, Wilderness
Areas and National Forests!!


                    A C T I O N  A L E R T 
TO: MIDWEST ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS
FROM: CARL ZICHELLA, MIDWEST REGIONAL STAFF DIRECTOR, SIERRA CLUB
DATE: 10-05-98
RE: YOU CAN HELP KILL THE OMNIBUS PARKS BILL -- CALL YOUR
REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!

An enormous and terrible omnibus parks and public lands bill (HR
4570), laced with amendments that undermine and eliminate
wilderness from Alaska to Georgia, is moving toward the House
floor.  This bill could be debated as early as Wednesday (10/7).

Happily, this bill is in trouble.  Opposition from moderate
Republicans and most Democrats is growing.  However, many members
of the House are still undecided and need to be called by their
constituents.  Your call at this critical moment could prevent
this bill from coming to the floor, or if it does make it to the
floor, provide the votes needed to defeat it!

Please call your Representative and tell them to:

Vote to defeat HR 4570, the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Act. 
This bill removes federal protections from existing and defacto
wilderness areas across the entire country.  It is packed with
terrible provisions, authored by some of the worst of the anti-environmental mem
bers of the 105th Congress.  Places like Hell's
Canyon, Utah's San Rafael Swell, and Cumberland Island National
Seashore, in Georgia, are all threatened.  A raft of provisions
authored by Rep Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) and others waive
environmental laws and allow expedited "salvage" logging on
numerous and potentially all national forests.

Let's not let them get away with this!

We can defeat this bill.  If you are represented by a moderate
Republican, tell your Representative to join Rep. Sherwood
Boehlert (R-NY) in opposing this bill.  If enough oppose it, it
may never make it to the floor.  If it is brought up for a vote,
we have an outstanding chance of winning.

Please call today.  Do not take even normally friendly members
for granted.

Congressional switchboard:

202-224-3121

MICHIGAN CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS DIRECT NUMBERS:

James Barcia - 202 225-8171
David Bonior - 202 225-2106
Dave Camp    - 202 225-3561
John Conyers - 202 225-5126
John Dingell - 202 225-4071
Vernon Ehlers - 202 225-3831
Peter Hoekstra - 202 225-4401
Dale Kildee  - 202 225-3611
Carolyn Kilpatrick - 202 225-2261
Joe Knollenberg - 202 225-5802
Sander Levin - 202 225-4961
Lynn Rivers - 202 225-6261
Nick Smith - 202 225-6276
Debbie Stabenow - 202 225-4872
Bart Stupak - 800 950 REP1  or 202 225-4735
Fred Upton  - 202 225-3761



posted by Anne Woiwode, Sierra Club
If you have questions, please contact me



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