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Enviro-Mich message from "Joshua Martin" <joshua@americanlands.org>
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Representative Dale Kildee(D-5) voted NO on the McInnis, so-called "Healthy
Forests" bill in the Resources committee yesterday.
He also voted in favor of the alternative, conservation minded bill that was
presented first.
Thank you phone calls can be directed to:

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
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To:      Michigan Activists
Fr:      Joshua Martin and Lisa Dix, American Lands
Date:    May 1, 2003

McInnis/Walden Bill Passes In Committee, the so-called "Healthy Forests
Initiative" Heads to the House Floor

Yesterday, April 30, 2003, the House Resources Committee approved the
"Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003" sponsored by Representatives Scott
McInnis (R-CO) and Greg Walden (R-OR).   The bill passed with 30
Representatives voting for and 17 voting against it.  All of the Committee
Republicans and four Democrats, Representatives Dooley (D-CA), Baca (D-CA),
Cardoza (D-CA), and Carson (D-OK), voted for the final passage of the
McInnis/Walden bill.  Please remember to call your Representative and thank
them for voting against the environmentally destructive "Healthy Forests
Restoration Act of 2003."

Representative George Miller (D-CA) offered a substitute amendment providing
an alternative to the McInnis bill, which closely resembled his bill
introduced with Representative DeFazio (D-OR) in early April (H.R. 1621).
The Miller substitute amendment failed by a one-vote margin (22-23) with all
Democrats on the Committee voting for and all Republicans voting against it.

The McInnis/Walden "Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003" is extremely
likely to head to the House floor quickly.  The McInnis/Walden bill, if
passed into law will not only further degrade our forests by ramping up
logging everywhere on our national forests except wilderness areas, but will
drastically change forest management.  Many of the National Environmental
Policy Act gains from public participation and pressure will be lost and the
legislation will set a new precedent for how the courts hear cases brought
against the Forest Service and BLM.  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.

In the next week, a major education effort is urgently needed in order to
convince House Members to vote against this legislation on the House floor.
The McInnis/Walden Bill will:

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
fire.

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.

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."  In short, this legislation tells the
courts that they have to rule with the Forest Service and BLM, regardless if
the law was violated by the agencies on all projects the agencies claim will
restore fire-adapted 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.

Committee Members Voting Against the McInnis Bill

George Miller, (D-CA)                         202/225-2095
Solomon P. Ortiz (D- TX)                    202/225-7742
Edward J. Markey, (D-MA)                 202/225-2836
Rubn Hinojosa, (D-TX)                      202/225-2531
Ciro D. Rodriguez, (D-TX)                   202/225-1640
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-MN)                    202/225-6631
Nick Rahall (D-WV)                            202/225-6065
Jay Inslee, (D-WA)                              202/225-6311
Tom Udall, (D NM)                             202/225-6190
Ral M. Grijalva, (D-AZ)                     202/225-2435
Madeleine Bordallo (Guam)                  202-225-1188

 Committee Members Voting FOR the McInnis Bill

Joe Baca, (D-CA)                                202/225-6161
Calvin M. Dooley, (D-CA)                   202/225-3341
Dennis A. Cardoza, (D-CA)                 202/225- 6131
Brad Carson, (D-OK)                          202/225-2701
Jim Saxton, (R-NJ)                               202/225-4765
Wayne T. Gilchrest, (R-MD)                202/225-5311
Richard Pombo (R-CA)                       202-225-1947
Don Young (R-AK)                             202-225-5765
W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-LA)                    202-225-4031
Elton Gallegly (R-CA)                          202-225-5811
John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)                   202-225-5435
Ken Calvert (R-CA)                             202-225-1986
Scott McInnis (R-CO)                          202-225-4761
Barbara Cubin (R-WY)                        202-225-2311
George P. Radanovich (R-CA)             202-225-4540
Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-NC)                 202-225-3415
Chris Cannon (R-UT)                           202-225-7751
John E. Peterson (R-PA)                      202-225-5121
Jim Gibbons (R-NV)                            202-225-6155
Mark E. Souder (R-IN)                        202-225-4436
Greg Walden (R-OR)                           202-225-6730
Thomas G. Tancredo (R-CO)               202-225-7882
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)                         202-225-2190
Tom Osborne (R-NE)                          202-225-6435
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)                                 202-225-2635
Dennis R. Rehberg (R-MT)                  202-225-3211
Rick Renzi (R-AZ)                               202-225-2315
Tom Cole (R-OK)                               202-225-6165
Stevan Pearce (R-NM)                        202-225-2365
Rob Bishop (R-UT)                              202-225-0453
Devin Nunes (R-CA)                            202-225-2523
Adam Puttman (R-FL)                          202-225-1252






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