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From: Jeremy Emmi [mailto:JEmmi@michigannature.org] 
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 1:14 PM
To: Anne M. Woiwode
Subject: RE: / Factory Farms: Sierra Club Warns That Anti-Environmental
Rider Would Strip Public's Right to Know about Toxic Chemical Pollution



 I'm not sure how many of you have received the below email and
attachment, but it is almost comical and worth a read.  I suppose it's a
last minute green wash meant to convince us that the last three years
were better than we remembered.  They were careless enough not to mask
their recipient list, so if anyone wants to reply, I left the recipient
list below.  

Jeremy Emmi

Executive Director,
Michigan Nature Association
326 E. Grand River Ave.
Williamston MI 48895
Tel: 517.655.5655
Fax: 517.655.5506
Not a member of the Michigan Nature Association?  Do you want to help
preserve Michigan's unique natural areas and rare species?
To join, simply send $35 membership dues to the above address or join
online at www.michigannature.org.  
 

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From: Rosalyn_Worthan@ios.doi.gov [mailto:Rosalyn_Worthan@ios.doi.gov]
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Subject: DOI Accomplishments [Virus checked]



Working in partnership with states, tribes, local communities and
private landowners, the Department of the Interior is achieving
conservation that protects homes in the West from wildfire, restores
millions of acres of wildlife habitat, improves national parks and
provides more hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities. 
Interior manages, in an environmentally responsible fashion, more than
20% of America's lands.  

Advancing Cooperative Conservation. The Bush Administration has provided
more than $1.3 billion to states, tribes, local governments,
conservation groups and landowners that preserve open space, restore
wildlife habitat, and protect endangered species.

	Interior is rapidly advancing the President's commitment to
restore, improve and protect more than three million acres of wetlands
over the next five years. 

	By 2005, the Administration will have entered into more than
17,000 conservation partnerships with private landowners to protect
habitat.    

Improving National Parks. Record levels of funding are being invested in
national parks. The 2005 National Park Service operations budget of $1.8
billion is 20 percent higher than when President Bush took office. This
is more funding per acre, per employee, and per visitor than at any
other time in the history of national parks.  

	President Bush is meeting his commitment to invest $4.9 billion
over five years to address the backlog of maintenance needs he
inherited.  More than 4,000 improvement projects are completed, planned
or underway. 

	In three years, funding has nearly tripled to preserve and study
the natural resources in national parks.

	The Administration has established or proposed new national
parks, including the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in
Colorado and the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Oregon and
Washington, and has accepted the World War II Veterans Memorial.
Secretary Norton created the first historic preservation and technology
training center, designated 43 new National Historic Landmarks and
transferred 18 lighthouses to local preservation groups. 

Restoring Healthy Forests and Improving Public Lands.  America's forests
are healthier and communities are safer due to the implementation of
President Bush's Healthy Forests Initiative.   

	Interior and the Forest Service have treated more than 10
million acres to reduce the threat of catastrophic fire and reestablish
natural healthy forest and rangeland conditions.  This is double the
rate of past fuel reductions.  Half of these acres are near communities
at risk of wildland fires. 

	Answering President Bush's call to service, Secretary Norton
introduced Take Pride in America to achieve greater stewardship of
public lands through volunteerism. Governors from all 50 states are
helping implement Take Pride.  More than 200,000 volunteers work with
Interior on federal lands.  

 
Expanding Hunting and Fishing. As lifelong sportsmen and recreationists,
President Bush and Vice President Cheney are working with Secretary
Norton to enhance hunting and fishing access for all Americans.  

	The Fish and Wildlife Service has expanded hunting and fishing
access at more than 60 National Wildlife Refuges.  Today, 325 refuges
are open to hunting and 282 are open to fishing. 

	A Fish and Wildlife Service agreement with 17 major outdoor
sports and conservation groups is improving hunting and fishing access
to federal lands. A separate cooperative agreement is improving
facilities and access for disabled men and women. 

Producing Energy; Enhancing Protections.  Over 30% of America's energy
production is from federal lands.

	Clean burning natural gas production is increasing through new
offshore production incentives. 

	Oil and gas development is now being guided by site-specific
best management practices developed with input from conservationists,
ranchers, and western governors.  In addition, Interior expanded the
role of states and counties in land use planning decisions.  

	Renewable energy production from federal lands is increasing
significantly under the Bush Administration.  317 wind and geothermal
leases have been issued by this Administration as compared to only 29
issued by the previous Administration.
   
	Interior proposes to reclaim abandoned coal mine lands at less
cost and in half the time as the current program.

Managing and Protecting Water in the West. The new Water 2025 program
assists the West's drought stricken areas by helping to prevent crisis
and conflicts over western water. 

	Challenge grants are helping communities with water efficiency
and water enhancement projects.

	Secretary Norton signed the Colorado River Water Delivery
Agreement, a landmark action advancing cooperation among Colorado River
users.  The agreement helps bring certainty to long term water supply
for seven western states.

Improving Quality of Lives for Indian Communities. The Interior
Department is also working with more than 500 Indian tribes to provide
education and economic development services.
 
	President Bush provided $1.1 billion for Indian school
replacement, improvement and repair projects.  This is more money in the
past four years than in the previous eight years.  Four new schools are
built and 21 are under construction. 

	Interior is working to assure that 48,000 Indian students
receive quality education as a part of the President's No Child Left
Behind initiative.

	After extensive consultation with Indian tribal leaders,
Secretary Norton is improving financial management and providing better
customer service to Native American beneficiaries. 

Management Improvements. Interior has implemented technology
efficiencies projected to save $250 million over four years.
(See attached file: final accomplishments 0914.doc)

Rosalyn Worthan
Secretarial Assistant/Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW, Room 6214
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-1923
(202) 208-1821 fax
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