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Enviro-Mich -- the below alert should be of interest to lots of Michigan
folks -- AW


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Stop Bill to Allow Snowmobiles in ALL Nat'l. Parks
Posted on June 5, 2000 by Bluewater Network

Background

Last month, Bluewater Network warned many of you that the 
billion-dollar snowmobile industry was gearing up its public 
relations machinery in order to attempt to overturn the Department of 
Interior's (DOI) decision to phase out snowmobiles from most of the 
National Park System. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, it appears 
that industry's well-funded efforts are achieving some success in 
Congress.

On May 25th, Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) introduced legislation (HR 
4560) which, if passed, will authorize snowmobile use in all National 
Parks. This deceptively simple piece of legislation will undo 
everything we have fought for during the past two years, and it will 
force the American public to accept the lasting damage snowmobiles 
cause to the air and water quality, natural quiet, visitor safety, 
public enjoyment and wildlife of national treasures such as 
Yellowstone (WY) and Rocky Mountain National Parks (CO).

In addition, HR 4560 would authorize snowmobile activity in hundreds 
of new parks causing damage to some of the nation's most hallowed 
sites such as Gettysburg (PA) and Little Bighorn National 
Battlefields (MT). Moreover, snowmobile use at parks such as 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (CO) and Effigy Mounds 
National Monument (IA) would threaten irreplaceable archaeological 
and paleontological resources. Finally, HR 4560 will overturn 
decades-old snowmobile prohibitions at parks such as Glacier (MT) and 
Yosemite (CA), best known for their stunning scenic beauty and 
wilderness qualities.

Take Action Now!
1. Contact Congress
HR 4560 has been referred to the House of Representative's Resource 
subcommittee on National Parks, which is chaired by Representative 
James Hansen.  Please contact Rep. Hansen at 
parks.subcommittee@mail.house.gov and urge him to vote No on HR 4560! 
A sample letter is included below.  Or if you prefer to send your 
comments via the internet please visit the following link:

http://www.earthisland.org/takeaction/actionalert_bw26.html

2. Contact the White House
In addition,  please call the White House at (202) 456-1414. Urge the 
President to veto HR 4560 and other similar legislation, which 
attempts to authorize snowmobile activity in the National Park System.

With your help we are making a difference!
Bluewater Network
www.bluewaternetwork.org

***************Sample Letter ************************

The Honorable James Hansen
US. House of Representatives
Washington DC, 20515

Dear Representative Hansen:

I urge you to vote No on HR 4560 a bill recently referred to the House
Resources committee, which would prevent the National Park Service 
(NPS)  from prohibiting motorized thrill-craft such as snowmobiles. 
Countless
scientific studies and government reports are revealing the lasting damage
snowmobiles are causing to air and water quality, visitor enjoyment, public
safety, natural quiet and wildlife.

If passed, HR 4560 would force the American public to accept snowmobile
damage to national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park (WY) and
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (MI).  In addition, HR 4560 would
authorize snowmobile activity in hundreds of new parks including some  of
the nation's most hallowed places such as Gettysburg (PA) and Little
Bighorn National Battlefields (MT).  Moreover, under this legislation new
snowmobile use at parks such as Florissant Fossil Beds (CO) and Effigy
Mounds National Monuments (IA) could threaten irreplaceable archaeological
and paleontological resources.  Finally, HR 4560 would overturn decades-old
snowmobile prohibitions at parks such as Glacier (MT) and Yosemite  (CA),
both world renowned for their stunning scenic beauty and wilderness qualities.

The professional land managers of the NPS are best suited to determine what
activities are appropriate for the park system.  Please don't hamper  the
NPS' efforts to protect the national heritage.  Please vote no on HR 4560!

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,


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