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Discussion in 'Land Use' started by bigjbear, Nov 22, 2000.

  1. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

    Feb 18, 2000
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    Marietta GA
    Georgia Bounty Runners - http://www.gbr4wd.com

    This one hits close to home. This is from the group one of our club members monitor. You know what to do. If we want to keep anything we need to write letters opposing this.

    Jim '80 GMC.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: action@tws.org [mailto:action@tws.org]
    Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 7:09 PM
    To: wilderness-alert@lists.wilderness.org
    Subject: NEWS/ACTION: Reason to be thankful--new monuments designated

    * Monday, November 20, 2000

    Dear WildAlert Subscriber,

    Americans have a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving early -- Pres. Clinton
    has just designated a new national monument in Arizona and expanded
    another in Idaho. But time is running out for the President to make
    monument designations in other areas deserving protection -- so we need
    your help now more than ever. Go to
    http://www.wilderness.org/standbylands/national_monuments.htm for all the
    details and to take action. Here's the latest:
    1. TWO NEW MONUMENT DESIGNATIONS -- Vermilion Cliffs (AZ) created;
    Craters of the Moon (ID) expanded.
    2. ARCTIC REFUGE -- big oil still looms as threat to America's
    3. OWYHEE-BRUNEAU CANYONLANDS -- Another Idaho treasure
    4. ALABAMA'S NATIONAL FORESTS -- Critical lands deserve protection

    On November 9th, President Clinton designated Vermilion Cliffs National
    Monument in northern Arizona and expanded Craters of the Moon National
    Monument in central Idaho. THIS IS GREAT NEWS! YOUR LETTERS AND FAXES
    MADE THE DIFFERENCE! Covering nearly one million acres already in public
    ownership, these lands make up an irreplaceable part of America's natural
    and cultural heritage. Monument designation will ensure that the unique
    resources of these lands are protected for future generations.

    Vermilion Cliffs -- Covering 293,000 acres of federal land on the Colorado
    Plateau in northern Arizona, including Paria Plateau and Vermilion Cliffs,
    this geologic treasure also contains a number of ancestral human sites.
    Will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

    Craters of the Moon -- The current monument, created by President Coolidge
    in 1924, covers 54,440 acres of craters and lava flows. The expansion
    will add 661,000 acres of federal land encompassing the entire lava
    field. The lava flows in the new portion will be managed by the National
    Park Service; the remainder will continue to be managed by the BLM.

    Read more at http://www.wilderness.org/standbylands/national_monuments.htm

    Over 95% of Alaska's north slope is already available for oil exploration,
    but the oil industry and its political allies have stepped up efforts to
    open up the remaining 5% -- the coastal plain of the Arctic National
    Wildlife Refuge -- to oil drilling. Yet government studies indicate that
    the amount of oil that is most likely to be economically recoverable would
    only be enough to provide the country with a 180-day supply at current
    consumption rates.

    Drilling for oil in the Arctic Refuge is not the answer to our energy
    problems and would cause irreparable damage to the fragile ecosystem that
    wildlife and humans alike still depend on.

    Where the remote corners of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada come together lies
    one of the most unique and spectacular high deserts remaining in the
    continental United States. One of the last stretches of wide-open
    country, this type of sweeping landscape characterizes the American West.
    Its high elevation sagebrush and grassland plateaus are cut by deep,
    sheer-walled river canyons, and rise to mountains of lush juniper

    Only by preserving the Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands as a National Monument
    will off-road vehicle abuse be controlled, vandalism of archaeological and
    historical sites stopped, livestock grazing limited, and mining halted.

    For years, Alabamians have been troubled by the fact that their greatest
    natural treasures -- Talladega and William B. Bankhead National Forests --
    have not been adequately protected from industrial use. The proposed
    Cheaha and Warrior Mountains National Monuments would protect 250,000
    acres on these national forests.

    The entire national forest system in the state totals a mere 660,000
    acres, or about 3 percent of the commercial forest area. Wild Alabama
    must remain forever free from the pressures that threaten it. These two
    national forests in Alabama offer outstanding historic, scientific, and
    cultural resources, richly deserving national monument status under the
    Antiquities Act of 1906.

    Take action on all of these National Monument proposals -- our public
    lands need your help. Send a letter from
    http://www.wilderness.org/standbylands/national_monuments.htm or contact
    President Clinton directly with this message:

    - Thank the President for the most recent national monument designations
    -- Vermilion Cliffs in Arizona and Craters of the Moon expansion in Idaho.

    - Ask the President to act on these remaining monument proposals -- they
    are critical lands that deserve protection under the Antiquities Act of
    - Arctic Wildlife National Monument -- protect the coastal plain of the
    Arctic Refuge from oil drilling
    - Owyhee-Bruneau Canyonlands-- protect this magnificent landscape from
    irresponsible off-road vehicle use, livestock grazing, and vandalism to
    historic and archaeological sites.
    - Cheaha and Warrior Mountains -- Protect the historical, scientific,
    and cultural resources on Alabama's Talladega and William Bankhead
    National Forests.

    Send your letters to:
    Pres. William Clinton
    The White House, Washington, DC 20500
    EMAIL: president@whitehouse.gov
    FAX: (202) 456-2461
    OR CALL THE WHITE HOUSE, TOLL FREE: (888) 750-4897 (business hours only)

    Send a copy of your letter to:
    Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior
    1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240
    EMAIL: bruce_babbitt@ios.doi.gov


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    Jim '80 GMC
    Freedom First!

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