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Most of you are familiar with the Land and Water Conservation Fund--federal
funding from oil and gas leases on state-owned land.  Congressmen Dale
Kildee and John Dingell have been leaders in getting this initiative through
Congress.  In addition to its broad conservation implications nationwide, it
means millions of dollars in conservation investment here in Michigan.  And
the benefits of these funds can be found in literally every congressional
district in the state.  This legislation has had the public support of 49
state governors (guess which one has not come out and supported it?).  An
outpouring of institutional and individual support from Michigan will show
that conservation of our fragile landscape remains a core value for those of
us who have the privilege of living in the Great Lakes state.  Read to the
end and take the action requested.  It will be of tremendous help.

Tom, Anne, Nate and Pete Woiwode
5088 Powell Road
Okemos, MI 48864

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Subject: LWCF Sign-On letter to President Clinton
Date: Wed, Dec 15, 1999, 6:17 PM

To: Midwest Friends of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

From:   Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation
    Peter McKeever
Midwest Outreach Coordinator
Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation
6302 Southern Circle
Monona, WI 53716
Telephone and Fax:  608-223-1275

Date: 12/10/99

RE: LWCF Presidential Sign-On Letter

We have been challenged to get 200 signatures on the Land and Water
conservation Fund (LWCF) letter to President Clinton which is described
below.  That is 200 signatures just from the Midwest!

200 organizations, agencies, land trusts, environmental groups, hunting and
fishing clubs, businesses, associations, municipalities, counties, chambers
of commerce, youth sports teams and organizations!

There are two purposes to this:  1)  To send a message to the White House
to Congress and 2)  To energize our network as we begin the next phase of
this campaign and, importantly READ THIS:  to recruit new members to our

We need your help.  We need your help in the next week!  Each of you has
contacts with several possible signatories:  your employer, organizations to
which you belong, members of other organizations and associations and club,
churches, hunting and fishing clubs, your kids' soccer and football teams,
friends and their connections, etc., etc.

Please distribute this broadly and sign on and encourage other groups to do
so.  We only want groups at this point, not individuals.  Overall we want
1000 groups to sign on nationwide.  200 of those from the Midwest.  We can
it; you can do it.
Overwhelm my email with positive responses.

Read on:

>From Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation (AHR) (see www/ahrinfo.org):

As our Campaign to Revitalize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
enters a new year ˝ and a new Millennium -- it is important that President
Clinton start the year off right ˝ by making full and permanent funding of
LWCF a top priority of his Administration in 2000.

As you know, this past year, the PresidentÝs "Lands Legacy Initiative"
resulted in more than $450 million in federal LWCF funding and $40 million
for its state matching grants program for FY 2000. UPARR received $2
While this represents a solid step forward toward a more permanent
conservation investment, this funding was for FY 2000, but not beyond. With
the bipartisan support that LWCF and other "Lands Legacy" programs have
received this year in Congress and from key elected leaders across the
nation, now is the time to make the fund full and permanent.

Thanks to your efforts, in 1999, AHR and its allies produced thousands of
declarations of support, including resolutions, letters, petitions, and
editorials from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Authors
included governors, mayors, park and recreation associations, grassroots
conservation and historic preservation organizations, wildlife advocates,
sporting goods and outdoor recreation industries, youth sports groups, and
business leaders.

To demonstrate this broad and diverse support for LWCF to The White House,
AHR is asking our allies ˝ elected leaders, conservation and civic
organizations, park and recreation leaders, youth sports groups, urban and
historic preservation advocates, the outdoor recreation industry and the
business community, among others, to sign onto AHRÝs "Letter to the
President" requesting full and permanent funding of the Land and Water
Conservation Fund as a top priority for 2000.

Because the discussions of program and budget priorities are well underway,
it is important that this letter reach the President as soon as possible.
That is why the deadline for signing onto the letter is December 23,
may extend the deadline slightly for those who are out of town for the

Please review the letter below and take a moment to fill out the form at the
end of this email. You can either fax the form to AHR (202-429-2621)or email
it to Tom St. Hilaire at tsthilaire@ahrinfo.org.  Please also email or fax a
copy to Peter McKeever.

Again, many thanks for your leadership in making the Land and Water
Conservation Fund a permanent part of the American landscape.

"Letter to the President"

The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your leadership in securing additional funding this year for
the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and other natural heritage
programs through your "Lands Legacy Initiative."

For more than 35 years, LWCF has been an American success story, responsible
for nearly seven million acres of park land, refuges, trails, and open
and the development of more than 37,000 state parks and community recreation
projects such as baseball and soccer fields. Together with its companion
programs, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery program and Historic
Preservation Fund, LWCF has been the foundation for protecting our nationÝs
parks and natural heritage at the federal, state and local levels.

The broad, bipartisan support that LWCF and other "Lands Legacy" programs
have received reflects the diversity and depth of public support for
revitalization a federal partnership for parks and open space protection.
This year alone, more than 200 positive editorials in the nationÝs leading
newspapers and thousands of declarations of support from every state and the
District of Columbia were generated on behalf of full and permanent LWCF
funding. From Maine to Hawaii, governors, mayors, county leaders, park and
recreation associations, conservation and historic preservation
organizations, wildlife advocates, sporting goods and outdoor recreation
industries, youth sports groups, and business leaders have come together to
rally on behalf of the fund.

Now, it is time to build upon this national consensus and fully implement
"Lands Legacy Initiative" by including full and permanent funding for the
Land and Water Conservation Fund as a top priority on your 2000 agenda.

As you bring the Presidency of the United States into the new Millennium,
have a rare opportunity to keep the promise made more than three decades ago
to the American people to make the Land and Water Conservation Fund full and
permanent. In the coming year, your public commitment to revitalize the fund
can make it a reality and ensure that the children of the 21st Century
inherit the quality of life that they deserve.


"Sign-on Form"

Yes! Please add my OrganizationÝs Name to the List of Groups Signing the
Letter to President Clinton in Support of Full and Permanent Funding of LWCF

Signature:______________________________________ Date:_____________
Organization Name:________________________________________________
SignatoryÝs Name:_________________________________________________
Signatory's Title:__________________________________________________
OrganizationÝs Address:_____________________________________________
OrganizationÝs Phone Number:_______________________________________
OrganizationÝs Fax Number:_________________________________________
OrganizationÝs E-mail Address:_______________________________________

Return This Form to AHR No Later Than December 23, 1999

Send to:

Tom St. Hilaire
Outreach Director
Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation
900 17th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Or Fax back to (202) 429-2621 or 608-223-1275

Or Email to tsthilaire@ahrinfo.org or heartlakec@aol.com

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