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Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com


 Looks like we are on the same campaign. We at Northwoods Wilderness Recovery,
included Michigan's Old M-64 logging operation and Trap Hills in the America's
Forest Heritage at Risk report. That was the easy part. Getting those areas
protected is another story. Of course there are other areas in Michigan worthy
of this protection.

Would you like to help protect Michigan Forests? 


Defenders of Wildlife - Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund - emediacy - 
National Audubon Society - The Wilderness Society - National Resources 
Defense Council - National Environmental Trust - U.S. Public Interest 
Research Group - Greater Yellowstone Coalition - Idaho Conservation 
League - Kettle Range Conservation Group - Southern Appalachian Forest 
Coalition - South East Alaska Coalition - Southern Environmental Law 
Center - Oregon Natural Resources Council - Southwest Forest Alliance - 
Wildlands CPR 
[ Editorial memo, December 1998 | Background Information, December 1998
 | News Release, Nov. 18 | Letter to V.P. Gore] 

Editorial memo, December 1998
(mailed with a gift box containing wood chips and test tube of dirty 

Happy Holidays from the Timber Corporations! If you're reading this, 
you've opened the present that lobbyists for politically powerful timber 
corporations have for us and our descendants this holiday 
season--shredded trees and dirty water, in place of our last unprotected 
scenic wilderness. 

Our Heritage Forests are being reduced to this: Timber corporations, 
with the approval of the U.S. Forest Service, carve clearcuts into 
unprotected wild places deep inside America's National Forests. And 
badly eroded logging roads wash hundrews of tons of sediment downstream. 

You are holding an example of the results. 

Big Image (135K)
WILDERNESS DESTROYED: Clearcut in Cove-Mallard Roadless Area, Idaho. 
Photo credit: Mark Alan Wilson/PICTURE TOMORROW.

Big Image (131K)
ERODED LOGGING ROADS, Plumas National Forest, California. 
Photo credit: Copyright Jenny Hager/ALPINE IMAGES/All rights reserved.

Big Image (106K)
CLEARCUT, Tahoe National Forest, California.
Photo credit: Copyright Jenny Hager/ALPINE IMAGES/All rights reserved.

Alerting the public. Americans deserve to know what is going on, whether 
in the National Forest nearest their homes or in spectacular faraway 
places they hope to take their grandchildren someday. Barely 4 percent 
of our original forests remain in the Lower 48 states. They are sources 
of some of our cleanest drinking water and some of our most important 
fish and wildlife habitat. They are a haven for the human spirit and a 
wellspring from which future wilderness protection efforts will rise. 
Conservationists have given their protection the highest priority. We 
believe the future of our last scenic wilderness makes a good subject 
for an editorial or feature story. And time is running out for these 
last wild places. 

Today, most Americans believe that our 155 National Forests are 
protected sanctuaries. Yet 52% of the acreage has already been clearcut 
or mined or drilled, and is crisscrossed with more than 373,000 miles of 
roads, enough to circle the Earth 14 times. (That's just the official 

Another 18% is protected as wilderness, but much of that is high and 
rocky, not forested. 

The Heritage Forests Campaign works with dozens of local and national 
environmental groups whose aim is to protect the remaining 30% of our 
National Forest acreage that is still roadless wilderness, but also 
unprotected from the timber, mining, and oil corporations. Their 
bulldozers are now lining up to cut more roads through this pristine 

President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and the current National Forest 
chief, Mike Dombeck, have promised a new day for forest 
protection--based on science, not politics. But after months of delay, 
the Forest Service is on the verge of delivering a moratorium on 
roadbuilding in only a fraction of the affected areas, for just 18 
months, while plans are drawn up to build more roads through the 
wilderness for the benefit of the timber corporations. Left out of the 
moratorium altogether are over 15 million acres, most in the heavily 
logged yet ecologically important Pacific Northwest and Alaska. And 
that's just one of the loopholes. 

The U.S. Forest Service must protect wilderness permanently. The 
18-month interim policy is now expected to commence in early 1999 (more 
than a year after it was proposed). During the following 18 months, the 
U.S. Forest Service proposes simply to study how to build roads better, 
how to pay for them, and how to remove or upgrade a few of them. At 
present, the Forest Service is considering no permanent protection for 
our last scenic wilderness as part of its final policy. When the interim 
policy is finally announced, public comments on the final policy will be 
accepted for a period of 30 or 60 days. 

A background paper with more details is available below. Or, visit the 
Heritage Forests Campaign web site at www.ourforests.com and see how 
citizens can make their views known by sending a free post card to the 

In addition, dramatic color photos are being collected that show 
wilderness areas still slated for roadbuilding, and similar areas in 
National Forests near you that have been decimated by clearcuts and 
heavily eroded logging roads. Those reprinted here, taken in the early 
1990s, show how destructive these practices can be. 

Unless a great deal of attention is focused on this threat to Americans' 
last unprotected scenic wilderness, a final policy that is insufficient 
could turn out to be disastrous for America's future generations. 

Don't let more of your forest wilderness turn into wood chips and dirty 
water. We lose more than 260 acres a day of America's Heritage Forests. 
For the latest information and before-and-after photos of National 
Forests near you, please contact Peter Kelley of National Environmental 
Trust at 202-887-8831, or Ken Rait, leader of the Heritage Forests 
Campaign, at 503-283-6343, Ext. 210. 

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