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Action Alert: Logging Bills To Be Voted On Soon

To: All Activists From: Steve Holmer (American Lands)
Date: June 30, 2002

 

Congress Needs to Hear from Us Over the 4th of July Recess

When Congress returns from their 4th of July recess we expect that the annual appropriations process will begin immediately. Votes in the House on amendments to the Interior bill which funds the Forest Service could take place as early as the week of July 15 - 19. Please contact your Rep. and Senators over the break next week at their District offices about the following issues:


Roadless Area Conservation Amendment

This amendment would halt over 50 new development projects being planned in inventoried roadless areas that would be prohibited by the Roadless Conservation Rule. This amendment will build on the support generated for the Roadless Area Conservation Act by maintaining the moratorium on roadless projects that has been in place since former Chief Michael Dombeck announced a "time-out" on new roadless projects in 1999.

Please ask your Representative and Senators to support roadless area protection by cosponsoring the bill, H.R. 4865, and by supporting the Roadless Area Conservation Amendment. For more info see http://www.americanlands.org/forestweb/timber.htm


Stewardship Contracting Rider

The House Interior bill contains a rider adding an additional twelve projects to the existing 84 stewardship pilots. We are very concerned about several of the contracting authorities because they create new incentives for logging and for tying restoration and fuel reduction to logging.

Please ask your Representative and Senators to oppose any additional stewardship contracting pilots until the 84 existing pilots can fully reviewed, monitored and analyzed. For information, please see http://www.americanlands.org/stewardship_contracting.htm


Fire Program Still Focusing on Logging, Not the Interface Zone

Efforts will continue to steer the fuel reduction program to where it is shown to do the most good, near homes and communities. The Forest Service continues to conduct projects in low-priority areas far from communities. The agency also insists on mixing the projects with commercial logging, which increases fire risks, essentially defeating the purpose of the program. We also will be pushing for additional funding for the Firewise program and grants to homeowners to create defensible space and fireproof their homes by installing metal roofs.

Please ask your Representative and Senators to support requiring the Forest Service and BLM to treat all high-priority areas in the Wildland/Urban Interface, before any projects are allowed outside of this zone. Also, please urge their support for additional funding for the Firewise program and other efforts to help homeowners protect themselves. For more see http://www.americanlands.org/fire_plan_implementation.htm

Thanks for all your efforts.

 

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