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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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Please find below and attached an announcement for the upcoming workshop on 
Great Lakes Forests and International Trade Agreements. Please distribute 
widely to interested parties-- its a great lineup and there will be lots of 
opportunities for discussion and strategizing! 
     
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
     
Take care :)
jen
     
Attend a workshop on
The Great Lakes Forests and International Trade Agreements
     
WHEN: 9:00am, Friday, June 16, 2000 
WHERE: Madison, Wisconsin 
Madison Area Technical College (MATC, downtown conference center), 211 North 
Carroll Street, Room 240D 
     
This daylong public workshop will provide a comprehensive examination of the 
transboundary threats international trade agreements pose to the Great Lakes 
Forest Ecosystem. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade 
Organization and the Softwood Lumber Agreement will be critically assessed and 
opportunities for citizen networking and input surrounding international trade 
agreements will be discussed.
     
Speakers and Topics Include:
     
Tom Buchele from the Environmental Law and Policy Center and Jerry DeMarco from 
Sierra Legal Defence Fund will present discussion on legal mechanisms to protect
migratory birds in forested areas including an examination of the Migratory 
Birds Treaty, the treaty's implementing legislation and regulations in the U.S. 
and Canada and recent enforcement efforts.
     
Antonia Juhasz from American Lands Alliance will present discussion on the 
potential, current and historical impact of trade agreements on forest 
ecosystems. She will also discuss how grassroots efforts can impact these 
processes.
     
Dan Seligman from the Sierra Club will be speaking on the technical details of 
multinational trade agreements, in particular the North American Free Trade 
Agreement and the World Trade Organization.
     
Joe Scott from the Northwest Ecosystem Alliance will present a case study of a 
lawsuit submitted by the Alliance on the US admission into the Softwood Lumber 
Agreement and the need for compliance with and application of the National 
Environmental Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act to this agreement.
     
Michelle Swenarchuk from the Canadian Environmental Law Association will present
the Canadian perspective of the Softwood Lumber Agreement and its impacts on 
Canadian forests. She will also discuss where the agreement may be headed with 
the current renegotiation process, and what environmental protection provisions 
need to be included in the renegotiated agreement.
     
This workshop is being organized on behalf of the Great Lakes Forest 
Coalition, with the efforts of Great Lakes United, The Sierra Club and The 
Wildlands League.
     
This workshop is free and open to all interested in gaining depth of knowledge 
on the trade agreements that impact our forests and what we can do to ensure 
that these lands are protected. For a detailed agenda, more information, or to 
sign-up, please contact: Jen Nalbone at Great Lakes United: (716)886-0142 or 
email: jen@glu.org
     
     
     
     
     
     


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