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E-M:/ FW: Fwd: LWCF President Sign-on Extension

Earlier you were sent a copy of a message asking your respective 
organizations to sign on to a letter endorsing full funding for the Land and
Water Conservation Fund.  If fully funded, under the present formula,
Michigan would receive at least $13 million annually for conservation

Doug Cornett responded to the earlier message by suggesting this was "bad
legislation" and should not be endorsed.  Attached is the response from the
coordinator of the LWCF initiative in the Midwest.  Please note that the
sign-on request is not directly tied to any piece of legislation; it focuses
on full funding of LWCF.

If you have any questions about specific issues regarding LWCF, you may want
to contact the coordinator directly at HearlakeC@aol.com (Peter McKeever,
president of Heartlake Conservation Associates); I'm sure he'll be happy to

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

From: HeartlakeC@aol.com
To: akimmel@co.lake.il.us, cemken@tnc.org, kalderson@iml.org,
pmurphy@eosinc.com, kcottrell@dnrmail.state.il.us, Bmontey@aol.com,
jem@ingersoll.com, CBECKER@dnrmail.state.il.us, vscott@dnrmail.state.il.us,
ifor@piasanet.com, d-chien@uiuc.edu (Douglas Chien), PKohring@aol.com,
dmcgrath@tnc.org, Ingle@fw.dnr.state.in.us (Betsy Ingle),
bbronson@dnr.state.in.us (Bob Bronson), mcarrie@max.state.ia.us,
woiwode@voyager.net (Tom & Anne Woiwode), bailey@landtrust.org (Tom Bailey),
enviro-mich@great-lakes.net, Mbroan@aol.com, vrnpa@mtn.org (voyageurs region
natl park ssn), emmett.mullin@dnr.state.mn.us, GBotzek@aol.com,
nelson_french@hotmail.com, browns@wavefront.com (Charlotte Brooker),
prolake@uslink.net, zeken001@tc.umn.edu (Dick Zelenak), rleone@mnland.org
(Renay Leone), damosti@audubon.org (Don Amosti), LoriNPCA@aol.com,
riversmn@eot.com (Barbara Lukin), ghorner@tnc.org (Gabe Horner),
radam03@ibm.net (Russ Adams), crwp@means.net (Allene Moesler),
dweirens@mncounties.org, opra@ee.net (Michelle Parks), jack@greenlink.org
(Jack Shaner), dking@tnc.org (Denise King), GLynch5649@aol.com,
myoung1@cmhmetro.net (Mark Young), ohioleague@worldnet.att.net (Susan J.
Cave), johnnick@execpc.com (JN Sanders), ShereM@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us,
kmanecke@ameritech.net (Kirt Manecke), parkrause@ballcom.com,
hjordahl@tnc.org, KarrC@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us, saveland@uosf.org (Heather
Mann), Elkin@gatheringwaters.org, dcies@1000friendsofwisconsin.com,
aiken@mail.wiscnet.net (Roy Aiken), curt@savingcranes.org (Curt Meine),
NATTRAILS@aol.com, carl.zichella@sfsierra.sierraclub.org,
HeartlakeC@aol.com, spotts@ncis.net (Richard Spotts), wpra@execpc.com (Steve
Thompson), Ilse.gene@worldnet.att.net (Ilse Wagner), renewal@baraboo.com
(Dave Wernecke), ruth@oppedahl.com (Ruth Oppedahl), Redfox5725@aol.com,
AWARE@mailbag.com (Jim Shurts), swansb@dnr.state.wi.us (Bruce Swanson),
baconb@dnr.state.wi.us (Bruce Bacon), mdallman@tnc.org (Matt Dallman),
willers@vaxa.cis.uwosh.edu (William Willers)
Subject: Fwd: LWCF President Sign-on Extension
Date: Mon, Dec 27, 1999, 7:53 AM

TO:  Midwest Friends of LWCF

From: Peter McKeever, Midwest Outreach Coordinator

Re:  Sign on letter to President Clinton

The deadline for signing on to the letter to President Clinton has been
extended top January 5.  This might be your first year 2000 deadline!

We are getting a great deal of support here in the Midwest.  Special kudos
the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association, which has really mobilized
members on this.

This letter does not urge support for any specific bill.  It only urges the
president to support full and permanent funding for LWCF.   $900 million
annually, in a dedicated fund.  With resources like that, we can have some
wonderful debates about priorities.

AHR supports full and permanent funding for LWCF.  The letter urges full and
permanent funding.  If your agency, organization, association, members,
friends and colleagues have not signed on, please do so.  Our goal is 1000
names on the letter, 200 from the Midwest.  We are probably halfway to our
goal.  Let's show Congress and the Administration that the Land and Water
conservation fund matters for the resources and the people of the Midwest.

Please forward this message to others whom you think might be interested.
Check out ahrinfo.org for more information.

Peter McKeever

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To: Friends of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
From: Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation
Date: December 21, 1999
Re: Extension of Deadline for LWCF Sign-on Letter

Because of the approaching Holidays, and since some of you have already hunkered down for Y2K, AHR is extending the deadline until January 5, 2000 for signing onto the LWCF letter to President Clinton. So far, more than 300 organizations, agencies, public institutions, and businesses have signed onto the letter!

Thanks to all who have responded by sending us your form. I know it's a busy time of year, so thanks for using some of it to secure America's heritage and recreation for many holidays to come.

I've included both the letter and the sign-on form with this email.

Thanks again for all your hard work this year. It has really made a difference.

Happy Holidays and a Grand New Year!

LWCF Sign-on Letter

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 parkland, refuges, trails, and open spaces 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 nations 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 of a federal partnership for parks and open space protection.  This year alone, more than 200 positive editorials in the nations 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 the “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, you 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

Please add my Organization's 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:

Signatory's Name:

Signatory's Title:

Organization's Address:

Organization's Phone Number:

Organization's Fax Number:

Organization's E-mail Address:

Return This Form to AHR No Later Than
January 5, 2000

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 Email to tsthilaire@ahrinfo.org
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