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Stop Bush Environmental Attacks: Contact RI Senators (english)
23 Sep 2003
Please Contact Senators Chaffee and Reed TODAY and ask them to oppose HR 1904, “Healthy Forests Restoration Act” and support a better alternative for community protection such as the Leahy-Boxer Forestry and Community Assistance Act (S. 1453). Contact Them At:
Senator Chafee: (202) 224-2921; Senator Reed: (202) 224-4626 http://www.citizenspeak.org/campaign/48.php
Urgent Calls Needed: Stop Bush Environmental Attacks
Deal on HR 1904 ("Healthy Forest Restorations Act") Approaching!

Please call and email Senators Chaffee and Reed TODAY and ask them to oppose HR 1904, “Healthy Forests Restoration Act” a support a better alternative for community protection such as the Leahy-Boxer Forestry and Community Assistance Act (S. 1453).

Calls and emails are urgently needed as a group of Senators have almost come to a consensus on a backroom deal on HR 1904. There could be a vote as early as Tuesday morning on the Interior Appropriations bill, which is where 1904 could be attached.

Call Them At:
Senator Chafee: (202) 224-2921
Senator Reed: (202) 224-4626

After you call them, please send an email from the following link, http://www.citizenspeak.org/campaign/48.php

The deal is poised to give the Bush Administration and the timber
industry a huge victory and will have extreme impacts on our National Forests and
BLM administered lands for many years to come. The timber industry will no
longer have to face challenges from Americans concerned about logging
on publicly owned forests even if logging increases fire risk, does
nothing to protect communities, continues to build more ecologically damaging
roads, and destroys our public resources such as water quality, wildlife and
fisheries habitat, and sensitive forest soils.

The Administration will no longer have to conduct environmental
analysis on their logging proposals as to give the timber industry free reign to
log what's left, under the guise of "hazardous fuels reduction." In
addition, citizens will no longer even get a fair court hearing because this deal
could make it virtually impossible for citizens to win challenges to
government logging proposals in the courts. This would be true anytime
the agencies claim that the purpose and need of the project is to reduce
"hazardous fuels," which is defined so loosely as to include just about
any agency action.

CALL-IN SCRIPT
Hello, I would like to speak with the environmental legislative
assistant (LA) about how Senator X plans to vote on the upcoming
Senate vote on HR 1904.

To LA - I'm calling to urge Senator X to vote no on the Senate
version of HR 1904. I'm concerned that this bill does nothing to
protect rural homeowners from wildfire. Instead it plays on the
public's fear of fire to limit citizen participation and undermine
our nation's environmental laws in order to increase logging on
America's National Forests. Instead I urge the Senator to please
co-sponsor the Leahy/Boxer "Forestry and Community Assistance Act of
2003" (S. 1453).

I specifically have 4 areas of concern with the so-called Healthy
Forests and Restoration Act of 2003 (HR 1904), this bill will:

1. Not ensure any increased protection for communities at risk from
fires. Protecting communities and lives must be the top priority for
fire legislation.

2. Focus logging in the back country miles away from communities at
risk.

3. Take away citizens democratic right to participate in decisions
about how
our public lands are managed.

4. Interfere with the Independent Judiciary by restricting the
public's democratic rights to seek redress in the court involving
grievances with the federal government for damaging logging projects.

The Senator should instead cosponsor the Leahy/Boxer "Forestry and
Community Assistance Act of 2003"(S. 1453), which:

1. Protects communities and their drinking water infrastructure by
prioritizing fuels reduction in the Community Protection Zone,
directly around communities and municipal drinking water
infrastructure.

2. Funds fuels reduction work on federal as well as state, tribal,
and non-industrial private lands in the Community Protection Zone.

3. Establishes and funds watershed and forest restoration programs
on National Forests and BLM lands.

4. Protects already healthy forests such as roadless areas,
old-growth, and threatened and endangered species habitat and
prohibits road construction on these ecologically valuable lands.

How do you expect Senator X to vote? Will the Senator co-sponsor the
Leahy/Boxer Bill? If so, please contact Senator Leahy's office at
202-224-4242 in to sign on to the bill. Thank you for your time and
consideration.
See also:
www.forestadvocate.org
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