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Alert: Bush administration proposes repeal of roadless rule



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>From: "Dan Jacobson, Environment California Legislative Director" 
><DanJ@environmentcalifornia.org>
>Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 10:28:37 -0400
>
>Dear Environment California supporter,
>
>They've finally done it. For the past three and a half years, I've been 
>writing to you about the Bush administration's efforts to undermine the 
>Roadless Area Conservation Rule that protects 58.5 million acres of 
>America's wild forests. But on Monday, the Bush administration proposed to 
>repeal the roadless rule in its entirety - and allow timber, oil, and 
>mining interests to tear a spider web of roads through America's last wild 
>forests. Over 4 million acres of national forests in California, including 
>the Sequoia and Tahoe national forests, would be in jeopardy if the 
>Roadless Rule is repealed.
>
>Please take a moment right now to submit an official comment to Forest 
>Service Chief Dale Bosworth and let the Bush administration know that you 
>oppose the wholesale destruction of America's last wild forests. Then - 
>even if you've never done so before - ask your family and friends to help 
>by forwarding this along; there is no more important time to act.
>
>To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:
>http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocalifforests.asp?id=127&id4=ES
>
>
>Background
>
>On Monday, the Bush administration proposed to repeal protections for 58.5 
>million acres of America's pristine national forests. The Bush 
>administration proposal would allow many of President Bush's top campaign 
>contributors in the timber, mining and oil industries to log, mine, and 
>drill in pristine areas that provide 60 million Americans with clean 
>drinking water and provide habitat for over 1600 endangered species. Even 
>for an administration that has weakened so many environmental and public 
>health protections, this proposal is extreme.
>
>The Bush administration proposal would repeal the Roadless Rule that was 
>enacted in January 2001 to protect 58.5 million acres of our last wild 
>forests from logging and road-building. The Roadless Rule ensures that 
>forests will continue to provide clean drinking water, habitat for 
>wildlife, and endless opportunities for recreation and solitude. It was 
>finalized after decades of scientific study, 600 public hearings, and 1.6 
>million comments in support of the rule. It is the most popular 
>conservation initiative in our nation's history; more than 2.5 million 
>Americans have submitted comment supporting the rule.
>
>This support has reached into every sector of society. Even major wood 
>products consumers like Staples, K.B. Homes and Hayward Lumber think 
>logging America's last pristine forests makes so little sense that they've 
>written the Bush administration to urge protection of America's roadless 
>national forests. Now, it's only extremist elements of the timber, oil and 
>mining industries that support logging these areas  but it's those 
>elements that the Bush administration is listening to.
>
>Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to stand up to these powerful 
>industries and send a clear message to the Bush administration that 
>Americans want to protect our last pristine forests. Please take a moment 
>right now to submit an official comment to Forest Service Chief Dale 
>Bosworth. Then - even if you've never done so before - ask your family and 
>friends to help by forwarding this along; there is no more important time 
>to act.
>
>To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:
>http://environmentcalifornia.org/envirocalifforests.asp?id=127&id4=ES
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Dan Jacobson
>Environment California Legislative Director
>DanJ@environmentcalifornia.org
>http://www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org
>
>P.S.  Thanks again for your support.  Please feel free to share this 
>e-mail with your family and friends.
>
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Gary Liss
916-652-7850
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