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Enviro-Mich message from "Tom & Anne Woiwode" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Attached is a message sent to me by Dan Beattie, Congressman John Dingell's
chief legislative analyst. As most of you know, Congressman Dingell has
taken the lead on legislation that support the president's Land Legacy
Program, and is quite supportive of creating mechanisms to fully fund the
Land and Water Conservation Fund. Dan has been (one of the) principal
negotiators in the crafting of such legislation.
You may have noticed in an earlier message from Doug Cornett that virtually
every major conservation or environmental organization with any kind of
legislative program has come out in support of CARA. However, the
legislation is still wending it's way through Congress; and you'll see by
the memo from Dan Beattie that he invites comment and recommendations for
any changes that might strengthen the legislation.
I've had the pleasure of working with Dan for a number of years on a variety
of issues and have found him to quite receptive to any thoughts that might,
through congressional action, improve our environment. I encourage you to
communicate directly with Dan if you have any ideas as to how the pending
legislation can be made more environmentally beneficial.
You may also want to correspond with Peter McKeever (HeartlakeC@aol.com),
who is working with AHR to craft legislation that would fully fund the LWCF.
Peter, too, will be happy to respond to any questions you may have about the
implications of various legislative proposals.
Tom, Anne, Nate and Pete Woiwode
5088 Powell Road
Okemos, MI 48864
From: "Beattie, Dan" <Dan.Beattie@mail.house.gov>
To: Tom & Anne Woiwode <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: / FW: Fwd: LWCF President Sign-on Extension
Date: Thu, Dec 30, 1999, 1:26 PM
Hi. Believe it or not, your email made it's way to me this holiday season.
I appreciate knowing some of the buzz out there about CARA, but must say I'm
a little perplexed about some of the negative traffic on all this.
In one place Doug Cornett (he's never contacted the Dingell office to my
knowledge) asserts that lands and wildlife have to be "done right or not at
all." 'Not at all' is the easy answer (Congress does that with most
difficult issues). It's hard to believe that anyone who really wants
resources for environmental protection would cavalierly blow off $3
billion/year unless it's only done one way...especially when such an
unusually strong common ground in Congress is emerging. Given the
particularly divided and unpredictable power situation in Washington, it
could be many years before another consensus emerges.
Regardless, no one in D.C. has said the legislation is perfect and we
realize changes will be made if the bill advances. If you think it would
prove helpful, I could talk to some of these people and assure them that 1)
the bill is environmentally sound; 2) we're open to improvements; 3) killing
this bill would be do a tremendous disservice to conservation for years to
Please feel free to share this message as you think will be helpful. Look
forward to talking with you next year.
From: Tom & Anne Woiwode [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, December 27, 1999 10:37 AM
Subject: 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
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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.
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