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E-M:/ Protect MI forests

Here is a reminder about the Kyoto Treaty call in day. Please note there has been another target added, Frank Loy (his spec's are below). If you could call both him and Roger Balentine, that would be great. We can make a real difference how this treaty affects the worlds forests, including those in the Midwest (both public and private). We need to stop business as usual (clearcuts and plantations and the new threat of fast growing genetically engineered tree plantations) and promote and reward proper stewardship (natural, old forests).
This is a big issue in Michigan, as some of the biggest CO2 emitters and biggest timber beasts are operating here. The Auto companies in Detroit and Mead and Champion, et al. are conspiring to sell each other credits and reward their environmental lack of stewardship. These timber beasts stand to gain substantially from the auto and power plants for clearcutting their large forest holdings. The administration needs to know that people in MI definitely do not stand where the auto companies and the timber giants stand. We want healthy, natural forests, and non-polluting forms of transportation.


In just two weeks the United States will finally reveal its proposals
for forest rules under the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change, as will the
rest of the world's countries.  If they are written well, these rules
COULD provide a lot of funding in the U.S. and worldwide for many forest
friendly activities.  The funding would be generated by the sale of
"carbon credits", which well- written rules should award to older
forests because they store carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere.

Conservationists have pipe-dreamed for decades about buying vast tracts
of industrial timberlands and returning them to a wild, native forest
state.  Carbon credit money generated by enlightened rules are a
bona-fide source of money that might be large enough to fund this dream.

But money attracts industry, and without strong public pressure the
rules could be poorly written and end up encouraging the replacement of
diverse forests with monoculture tree plantations.  In fact, poorly
written rules could also be a bad break for the atmosphere as well as
for forests, as they could allow the U.S. to escape making desperately
needed reductions in CO2 emissions from smokestacks and tailpipes.

The Administration will likely make important decisions on its proposal
by the end of this week.  In response to growing outcry from
conservationists, the Administration has hinted that it is reconsidering
its previous, forest-unfriendly position.  But hints are far from
action.  Currently the hints have not been followed up with
announcements of policy change or any other specific actions.  Now,
before its proposal is finalized over the next two weeks, it is more
important than ever that the Administration get the message that the
public wants forest rules under Kyoto that are good for both the world's
forests and its climate.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18, please call Frank Loy, the Undersecretary of
State for Global Affairs, at 202/ 647-6704 and tell him that:

- The Kyoto Treaty must fully protect old growth and encourage the
restoration of native forests.  On the other hand, business as usual
forestry should not be encouraged by the treaty because it doesn't
reduce atmospheric CO2 levels.

- The U.S. must support environmental standards for forest activities
under the Kyoto Treaty.   Without these standards, the treaty will
provide money for forest destruction.

Help make forest rules under Kyoto a win for our climate and forests,
not timber and oil companies.  Together we can keep these industries
from hijacking the climate change treaty!

If you want to maximize your impact on the Administration, go ahead and
place a second quick call making the same points to Roger Ballentine,
the Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives, at

OR, if you prefer to write a letter, address or fax it to one of the
- The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Undersecretary of State for Global
Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Rm 7250, 2201 C. St. NW, Washington,
DC 20520, FAX:  202-647-0753.
- Mr. Roger Ballentine, Deputy Assistant to the President for
Environmental Initiatives, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20500, FAX:  202-395-2311.

For more information please contact Frank Ambrose, 812-337-1631,