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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 21 January 2002



H E A D L I N E S
 
*  Sustainable Forest Management
*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership
*  Regional Budget Analysis
 

SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, January 25, will host
House and Senate briefings on sustainable forest management.  The
sessions will describe how efforts to manage forests for
environmental, economic, and societal results can complement and
advance congressional priorities, from protecting watersheds and
habitat to providing forest products for world markets.
 
     Panelists representing the broad-based Roundtable on Sustainable
Forests will explain their work and describe how Congress can benefit
from the Roundtable's research and expertise.  They also will invite
staff to comment on the content and scope of the 2003 Report on
Sustainable Forests
, a landmark study by 11 federal agencies that will
assess the nation's progress toward sustainability.
 
     Presenters will include representatives of the Yale University
Global Institute for Sustainable Forestry, National Association of
State Foresters, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, American Forest
and Paper Association, American Forests, and U.S. Forest Service.
 
     On January 25, the Senate-side briefing will begin at 1:00 pm in
room 538 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  The House-side
session will begin at 3:00 pm in room 2456 of the Rayburn House Office
Building.
 
     CONTACT:  Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(464-4019).
 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
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     Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-
chairs of the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing, are circulating a
letter that asks the Bush Administration to request at least $106.5
million (the amount appropriated in fiscal 2002) for the Manufacturing
Extension Partnership.  MEP helps small and mid-sized American
manufacturers modernize in order to compete in the demanding global
marketplace.
 
     The senators are responding to news that the Office of Management
and Budget is proposing drastic reductions in MEP's fiscal 2003
budget.  Deadline for signatures on the letter is Tuesday morning,
January 22.
 
     CONTACT:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(962-6865).
 

REGIONAL BUDGET ANALYSIS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Coalitions on Monday,
February 4, will release a regional analysis of the president's fiscal
2003 budget proposal.  That analysis will review the administration's
major initiatives, as well as highlight its treatment of key regional
programs.  The Northeast-Midwest report will be emailed to regional
reporters, House and Senate Coalition members, and state members of
the Institute by 3:00 pm on February 4.
 
     CONTACT:  Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (313/582-
6244).