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E-M:/ Michigan volunteers wanted for Arctic Refuge and AlaskaRainforest training

Enviro-Mich message from "David Ross" <ROSS@nwf.org>

(September 28-29, Lodging paid for.)

We Want You!!! 
To become a Leader in Protecting
Alaska's Wild Places

Join us in South Bend Indiana for a two-day strategy and leadership training to learn about what you can do to help protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and America's largest intact temperate rainforest, the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.  Learn important skills for coalition building, working with media, and conducting public outreach.  Meet and network with other wilderness advocates from Michigan and the region.  Strategize with national wilderness leaders to mobilize support in Michigan to protect these important national treasures.

Comprising 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is North America's largest, intact, temperate rainforest.  The Tongass National Forest was created by Teddy Roosevelt in 1907 and is critical habitat for bald eagles, brown and black bears, wolves, whales, and spawning salmon.  While a third of the Tongass is rock and ice, another third of it is commercially viable timber.  Logging has decimated much of the forest's ecological heart.  Only 30% of the highest volume timber stands remain. 
The Chugach National Forest is 98% undisturbed and is America's wildest forest.  Located along Prince William Sound, the Chugach also has the single largest continuous wetlands in the nation with the Copper River delta.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of America's wildest places; at 19.3 million acres, the Arctic Refuge is roughly the size of Maine.  Nestled in Alaska's northeast corner next to Canada's Yukon territory and the Bering Sea, the Arctic Refuge is home to bears, moose, tundra swans, and the largest international herd of caribou in the world.  The coastal plain * the biological heart - of the Arctic Refuge is threatened by oil drilling.  The coastal plain of the Refuge is the last 5% of the coastal plain that doesn't already allow drilling.  

What:  A Two-day Leadership and Strategy Training Event

Where:  The South Bend Mariott, 123 N St Joseph Street

When:  September 28 and 29

Who:  YOU!!  Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

To register, please fill out this form and return by fax to 202-544-5197 or e-mail erik@alaskawild.org.

First and Last Name:



Zip code (include 4 digit extension):

Phone #:

Erik DuMont
Alaska Wilderness League
122 C Street, NW, Suite 240
Washington DC, 20001
202-544-5205 Phone
202-544-5197 Fax

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