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E-M:/ CARA sign-on letter - DO NOT SIGN!

Enviro-Mich message from Doug Cornett <drcornet@up.net>

Dear Enviro-Michers:

Please note that the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) is a badly
broken piece of legislation that will never be fixed in this session of
Congress.  In addition to providing incentives to increase offshore oil
drilling in Alaska and other coastal states, CARA will provide lots of
money to Michigan for development of wreckcreation "opportunities."
Remember the recent citizen battles to stop further development of marinas
and boat ramps at places like Mackinac Island, Deer Lake and Cass Lake?  

CARA will give agencies, such as the MDNR, more money (and the power money
brings) to develop the last of the wild places left in public ownership in

Want more access for your ATV, motorcycle, snowmobile, jet ski, Winnebago,
car, truck or motorboat?  Need electricity to power your radio, tv, vcr,
computer, and other electronic gadgets necessary for your get-away weekend
in the "wilds" of Michigan?   

Then CARA is for you! 

Thanks goes out to all those Michigan organizations that have seen through
Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation's facade and have NOT supported

Best wishes,

Doug Cornett
Northwoods Wilderness Recovery

P.S.  To the 7 organizations that have signed-on, please consider removing
your support for this ill-conceived legislation.

TO;  Michigan Leaders Interested in Conservation
FROM: Peter McKeever
Midwest Outreach Coordinator
Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation

Re:  Money for recreation and conservation in Michigan

Many of you who are receiving this message have not previously heard from me, 
although some of you have.  I am writing to respectfully request your 
last-minute assistance. For those of you who are new, I have been given your 
names with the thought that you are likely to be supportive of increased 
federal funding for recreation and conservation projects in Michigan.  I 
recognize that this issue may be new to you.

I am writing concerning the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  This is 
part of the Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA), legislation now pending 
in the US Senate that will provide $48.9 million to Michigan EACH YEAR for 
land and water conservation projects.  Rather than take up time here, let me 
refer you to www.ahrinfo.org for more information.  Suffice it to say that 
since 1965 this program has provided more than $154 million dollars to 
conservation and recreation projects in Michigan.

I will be glad to provide additional information if you want more.

The pending legislation will revitalize this program.  It has the support of 
both Senators Levin and Abraham, and has passed the House by a 3-1 margin.  
It has been endorsed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The challenge now is to get it to the floor of the Senate. Time is very short 
because the Senate is moving toward adjournment.

To that end, the letter that I have attached to this email (and reproduced 
below) is being circulated in all 50 states, with a goal of getting 200 
signatures in each state.  We are not seeking individuals' signatures.  
Instead, we want organizations, non profits, clubs, associations, youth 
sports groups, businesses. municipalities, elected officials. All of the 
signatures will then be bundled together and delivered to the Senate 
leadership with the message "People all across the land want this legislation 
to pass this year!"

Here is the bad news: We have only 7 signatures on this letter in Michigan!  
We have 273 in Iowa, over 250 in Ohio, 210 in Wisconsin, 150 in Missouri, and 
more than 200 in Indiana.  |And only 7 in Michigan!  I understand only 2 in 
South Dakota, but I do not understand only 7 in Michigan.

Here is the other bad news: the deadline is this Friday, September 7.  This 
is thus clearly a last minute appeal.

Can you help? Can you or your organization sign on to this letter?  Can you 
circulate it widely to your own networks of folks whom you might expect to be 

Please have all those who can sign on send a message to me 
(heartlakec@aol.com) with name, organization, and state.  I don't need a hard 
copy of the signature on a letter; I need only a note indicating you want 
your name on the letter.

I apologize for the last minute appeal, and ask for your assistance so that 
the Senate knows Michigan also supports the Conservation and Reinvestment Act.

Thank you for your help.  Those who will follow you in Michigan will be 
grateful for your efforts.

Here is the letter:

The Honorable Spencer Abraham
329 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Carl Levin
459 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Abraham and Levin:

As civic and community leaders in Michigan, we are writing to ask you for 
your leadership in passing the "Conservation and Reinvestment Act" (CARA), 
this year's landmark conservation legislation.

The bipartisan compromise Conservation and Reinvestment Act, crafted by 
Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Frank Murkowski and Senator Jeff 
Bingaman, Ranking Democrat, passed Committee in a solid bipartisan vote.  
CARA represents a strong and balanced approach that would protect parks, 
wildlife, coastlines, and cultural and historic sites at the national, state, 
and local levels for years to come.  In May, the House of Representatives 
overwhelmingly passed a similar bipartisan proposal, 315 to 102, with a 
majority of both parties supporting the bill. Michigan would receive 
approximately $48,913,499 annually under the bill.

In asking for your leadership, we believe: 

   CARA reflects American values. A Tarrance Group poll found that an 
overwhelming majority of Americans favored the protection of more parks and 
open spaces as a means to enhance their quality of life.  Three out of every 
four (75%) voters in the US favor setting up a permanent land and water 
conservation trust fund to protect the land, water, wildlife and other 
natural resources of our country. 

   CARA has been endorsed by more than 5,400 organizations and elected 
officials nationwide, including all fifty state governors, US Conference of 
Mayors, National Association of Counties, US Chamber of Commerce, the 
nation's major conservation organizations, land trusts, sportsman's 
organizations, outdoor recreation and sporting goods industries, tribal 
governments, Major League Baseball, US Soccer Federation, National Football 
League and the youth sports community, including youth soccer and Pop Warner 

   CARA is a program that returns conservation funds to states and local 
communities. Eighty percent of the money in the bill will be provided to the 
states for conservation and restoration projects that reflect local concerns 
and needs. Most CARA-funded projects also require the commitment of matching 
funding by the states and local governments.

   CARA Protects Parks and Promotes Recreation. CARA fully funds the Land 
and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), at its $900 million authorized level, 
half of which goes to states and local communities. Since its creation in 
1965, LWCF has been responsible for the protection of nearly seven million 
acres of land and open space, and the development of more than 37,000 state 
and local parks and recreation areas. CARA also fully funds the Urban Park 
and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR), utilizing matching grants for 
recreation projects in economically distressed areas.

Right now, the Senate has a unique opportunity to provide, through bipartisan 
legislation, a permanent investment in our nation's quality of life.  We urge 
you to take advantage of this opportunity and work with your colleagues 
towards passage of conservation and reinvestment legislation this year. 



Peter McKeever
Midwest Outreach Coordinator
Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation
6302 Southern Circle
Monona, WI  53716

Telephone and Fax:  608-223-1275
Alternative telephone:  608-256-1003

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