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E-M:/ Michigan Unite to Stop "Horizontal Forests" bill!!

Enviro-Mich message from "Joshua Martin" <joshua@americanlands.org>

The nightmare of The Bush Administration's so-called "Healthy Forests
Initiative" has come to life in the Congress this week.  This is it.  This
legislation will result in a major increase in logging on national forests
and without the safeguards of environmental review or citizen input.  All of
our forests will be affected, including the Ottowa, Huron-Manistee and
Hiawatha.      Let's get organized across the spectrum of our community and
win this one for our forests and for democracy on public lands!

The first step happens in Committee THIS WEDNESDAY.  Rep Dale Kildee of the
5th District is a member of the committee.  Please call his office and
encourage him to Vote NO on the McInnis "Healthy Forests" bill.  The alert
below has more details.  Every call counts right now!

Dale E. Kildee(D-MI)
In D.C. - 202/225-3611
In the district - Flint - 810-239-1437
			Saganaw - 989-755-8904
			Bay City - 989-891-0990

To:      All Activists
Fr:      Joshua Martin and Lisa Dix, American Lands
Date:    April 28, 2003


On Wednesday April 30, 2003 the House Resources Committee will consider the
"Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003" sponsored by Forest Subcommittee
Chairman Scott McInnis (R-CO).  If the bill passes in Committee on Wednesday
it is extremely likely that it will quickly head to the House floor and be
voted on this session.  The McInnis bill has sweeping implications for how
National Forests and Bureau of Land Management administered lands will be
managed for years to come.  This bill does nothing to protect communities
from wildfire or promote public land restoration, but rather seeks to
undermine environmental laws and the judicial process when it comes to
logging on our public lands.  The McInnis bill gives logging companies and
the biomass industry free reign to destroy our public lands in the name of
fire, "forest health," and insect eradication.

The McInnis bill will:

Cut the Heart out of NEPA.  The McInnis bill allows the Forest Service to
conduct large-scale, environmentally damaging logging projects without
considering any alternatives, including the "no action" alternative or their
relative environmental impacts.

Remove the Public from the Process.  The McInnis bill eliminates the
statutory right of citizens to appeal Forest Service logging projects.

Log the Backcountry rather than Protecting Communities.  The McInnis bill
promotes logging in threatened and endangered species habitat, allows
logging and temporary road building in roadless areas, and gives the
Secretary "sole discretion" to log in old growth areas and old growth fire
resistant trees  -- all under the guise of protection of communities from

Interfere with the Independent Judiciary.  The McInnis bill seeks to
restrict a core principle of our democracy -- the right of Americans to seek
redress in the court for grievances involving the federal government.  The
bill limits preliminary injunctive relief to 45 days, and forces any U.S
court to render a final decision on the merits of a case within 100 days.
Finally, the bill seeks an astounding change in American legal standards by
requiring courts to give deference to agency findings regarding the balance
of harms in deciding whether to enter a temporary restraining order,
preliminary injunction, or a permanent injunction in ANY court challenge
where the agency claims the action is necessary to "restore fire-adapted
forest or rangelands ecosystems."

Create New Insect Categorical Exclusion.  The McInnis bill creates a new
Categorical Exclusion from the National Environmental Policy Act on all
Department of Interior and Forest Service lands by authorizing an unlimited
number of projects (up to 1,000 acres each) for all lands that the agencies
claim are at risk of infestation by certain insects.

Provide New Logging Subsidies.  The McInnis bill would authorize $125
million in subsidies to the biomass industry to log our National Forests.

Please Urge Resource Committee members to Vote NO on the McInnis Bill.
(Resource Committee members are listed below)

Representative                                  Phone
Jim Saxton, (R-NJ)                               202/225-4765
Wayne T. Gilchrest, (R-MD)                202/225-5311
Solomon P. Ortiz (D- TX)                    202/225-7742
Calvin M. Dooley, (D-CA)                   202/225-3341
Brad Carson, (D-OK)                          202/225-2701
Dennis A. Cardoza, (D-CA)                 202/225- 6131
Edward J. Markey, (D-MA)                 202/225-2836
Rubén Hinojosa, (D-TX)                      202/225-2531
Ciro D. Rodriguez, (D-TX)                   202/225-1640
Joe Baca, (D-CA)                                202/225-6161

Mark Udall, (D-CO)                            202/225-2161

Neil Abercrombie, (D-HI)                    202/225-2726

Dale E. Kildee(D-MI)                          202/225-3611

Ron Kind, (D-WI)                                202/225-5506

Grace F. Napolitano, (D-CA)               202/225-5256

Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ)                    202/225-4671
Betty McCollum, (D-CA)                     202/225-6631
Nick Rahall (D-WV)                            202/225-6065
Jay Inslee, (D-WA)                              202/225-6311
Tom Udall, (D NM)                             202/225-6190
George Miller, (D-CA)                         202/225-2095

Raúl M. Grijalva, (D-AZ)                     202/225-2435

Eni Faleomavaega (Samoa)                   202-225-8577

Madeleine Bordallo (Guam)                  202-225-1188

Donna Christian-Christensen (Virgin Islands)202-225-1790

Anibal Acevedo-Vila (Puerto Rico)       202-225-2615

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