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E-M:/ Deforestation, Dioxin, and No Commercial Logging!

Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com


Notice (below) the increase of cosponsors of the NFPRA and especially the 
political support of U.S. Representatives from Michigan, Wisconsin and 

Ninety percent, yes 90%, of our public forests logged in the Northwoods go 
for paper products. The majority of these paper products end up in landfills. 
Species are being driven to extinction, and human quality of life degraded 
for junk mail, cardboard, and squeaky white chlorine bleached corporate 
letterhead, while the following non-wood fiber alternatives exist:

In Production:

bagasse (sugarcane residue)
cereal straw (wheat, rye, rice residues)
cotton linters/rags (crop residue)
flax (crop residue)
hemp (annual crop)
kenaf (annual crop)

In Development:

corn stover (corn residue)
elephant grass (perennial crop)
red fescue (perennial crop)
spartina (perennial crop)
switchgrass (perennial crop)
vetiver (perennial crop)

Current paper manufacturing processes in the Northwoods of Michigan, 
Wisconsin and Minnesota produce emmissions and effluent from pulp mills both 
locally and globally. These mills are currently not required to do 
Environmental Impact Statements for the areas in which they are deforesting 
(sourcing areas) and converting to plantations.

The use of chlorine to bleach pulp has been particularly indicted for its 
production of dioxin, an organochlorine, as a byproduct. Transported largely 
through the atmoshpere, dioxin, has in the last few decades become globally 
ubiquitous and increasingly concentrated in the food chain. 

In vertebrates, dioxion functions as an endocrine disrupter, playing havoc 
with the reproductive systems of species ranging from alligators to eagles to 
humans. The connection between deforestation and toxics is clear. You dont 
have one without the other.

Recently, Heartland Fibers, a Minnesota based pulp manufacturer, just 
recieved the necessary investment capital to begin construction of a 140,000 
ton/year corn stalk-based, chlorine-free pulp mill in Nebraska. It is a start.

Is the destruction of our last remaining native and recovering forests in 
Michigan worth a few more years of fiber? 

For more information contact:

Murray Dailey
Northwoods Wilderness Recovery

 Co-Sponsors of H.R. 1396, the National Forest Protection and
     Restoration Act as of June 11, 1999:

     1) Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)
     2) Jim Leach (R-IA)
     3) Gary Ackerman (D-NY)
     4) Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
     5) Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
     6) Thomas Barrett (D-WI)
     7) David Bonior (D-MI)
     8) George Brown Jr. (D-CA)
     9) Michael Capuano (D-MA)
     10) Bill Clay (D-MO)
     11) John Conyers (D-MI)
     12) Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
     13) Julian Dixon (D-CA)
     14) Bob Filner (D-CA)
     15) Michael Forbes (R-NY)
     16) Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN)
     17) Barney Frank (D-MA)
     18) Bob Franks (R-NJ)
     19) Luis Guiterrez (D-IL)
     20) Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
     21) Rush Holt (D-NJ)
     22) Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
     23) Jerry Kleczka (D-WI)
     24) Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
     25) Tom Lantos (D-CA)
     26) John B. Larson (D-CT)
     27) Barbara Lee (D-CA)
     28) John Lewis (D-GA)
     29) Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
     30) Bill Luther (D-MN)
     31) Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
     32) Edward Markey (D-MA)
     33) Matthew Martinez (D-CA)
     34) Jim McDermott (D-WA)
     35) James McGovern (D-MA)
     36) Marty Meehan (D-MA)
     37) Carrie Meek (D-FL)
     38) Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
     39) Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
     40) Major Owens (D-NY)
     41) William Pascrell (D-NJ)
     42) Donald Payne (D-NJ)
     43) Lynn Rivers (D-MI)
     44) Bobby Rush (D-IL)
     45) Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
     46) Jose Serrano (D-NY)
     47) Pete Stark (D-CA)
     48) Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
     49) Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)
     50) Maxine Waters (D-CA)
     51) Mel Watt (D-NC)
     52) Henry Waxman (D-CA)
     53) Robert Wexler (D-FL)
     54) Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
     55) Martin Meehan (D-MA)
     56) Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
     57) Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
     58) Eliot Engel (D-CA)
     59) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

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