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HISTORIC WILD SKY WILDERNESS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS!

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  1. Djroffroad

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    HISTORIC WILD SKY WILDERNESS BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS!
    Two weeks ago the first National Forest Wilderness bill in Washington in 18
    years was introduced in the U.S. Congress; Senator Patty Murray and Rep.
    Rick Larsen's "Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2002"!

    The bill would add over 106,000 acres of roadless areas in Washington's
    scenic Skykomish River Valley to the National Wilderness Preservation System
    and would ban motorized recreation forever!

    For complete info on the Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2002, including maps and
    spectacular photos of the area that would be protected, go to our recently
    revamped web page at www.washingtonwilderness.org.

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    WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TO OPPOSE OF WILD SKY!
    To show broad support for opposing roadless areas in our National Forests, please
    e-mail a letter to the editor of ONE of the three papers listed below.
    Talking points are also listed below.

    NOTE: If you live in Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn's District, (Bellevue,
    Mercer Island, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend) make sure that
    you include a polite request for her to oppose the Wilderness bill in your
    letter. She has not yet decided whether or not to support the bill.

    BE SURE to keep your letter short, personal, in your own words and include
    your full name, address and PHONE NUMBER so that they may verify that it was
    you who wrote the letter. They will NOT print your phone number.

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    LIST OF PAPERS FOR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - NOTE -Send to ONLY one paper!

    LIST OF PAPERS FOR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - NOTE -Send to ONLY one paper!
    The Seattle Times
    opinion@seattletimes.com

    Seattle P-I
    editpage@seattle-pi.com

    Eastside Journal - NOTE: Submit here ONLY if you live on the Eastside!
    letterstoeditor@eastsidejournal.com

    Everett Herald - NOTE: Submit here ONLY if you live in Snohomish County!
    letters@heraldnet.com
     
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    "e-mail a letter to the editor of ONE of the three papers listed below."

    where?and what does ttt mean /forums/images/icons/confused.gif /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Ok, I fixed it.. Don't know how I left it out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
     
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    Another letter from the enemie

    Once They're Gone, They're Gone Forever.

    This Issue:

    1) Wild Sky Wilderness Bill Clears Major Hurdle!

    2) Write a Letter to the Editor to help it get to the finish line!
    (Details Included Below!)

    3) Background

    4) Press Clippings

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    WILD SKY WILDERNESS BILL CLEARS MAJOR HURDLE!
    Sponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen, (D-WA 2, Lake Stevens) the Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2002 (HR 4844) cleared a major hurdle last Thursday as the legislation passed unanimously out of the House Resources Committee. WWC is now encouraging other Washington lawmakers to help Larsen quickly move the bill to full House consideration. After passing this key Committee, which is widely viewed as the toughest hurdle for any public land measure, the stage is set for consideration of the Wild Sky bill before the full House of Representatives.

    However, anti-wilderness members of congress are trying to weaken the bill before they will let it come up for a full House vote, so we must urge our State's delegation to do everything they can to move the bill forward.

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    TAKE ACTION - WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN SUPPORT OF WILD SKY!
    In order to keep the momentum moving forward, we must demonstrate our support for the Wild Sky and protest the anti-wilderness efforts of the right wing leaders in the House of Representatives. Please E-mail a letter to the editor to ONE of the three papers listed below. Talking points are listed below.

    BE SURE to keep your letter short and include your full name, address and PHONE NUMBER so that they may verify that it was you who wrote the letter. They will NOT print your phone number.

    If you have time, let us know when you've sent the letter by shooting us a quick e-mail at becca@wawild.org
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    LIST OF PAPERS FOR LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - NOTE -Send to ONLY one paper!


    The Seattle Times opinion@seattletimes.com

    Seattle P-I editpage@seattle-pi.com

    Everett Herald - NOTE: Submit here ONLY if you live in Snohomish County!
    letters@heraldnet.com
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    TALKING POINTS FOR YOUR LETTER: Include one or two of these talking points!

    *Local people throughout the community have worked for years to protect the Wild Sky region. It is great to finally see this area getting the attention it deserves.

    *The Wild Sky proposal is unique. In addition to protecting the great vistas and breathtaking mountains, it will protect large areas of lower elevation second growth forests vital to clean water, family recreation, fish and wildlife habitat.

    *Senator Murray and Rep. Larsen are true heroes for fighting hard to protect the Wilderness in our backyards.

    *Wilderness designation for the Wild Sky will ensure our communities opportunities to hike, fish, raft, hunt, kayak, swim, backpack, bird, ride horseback, cross country ski, rock climb, and simply enjoy the quite solitude.

    *Washington lawmakers have worked hard to craft a piece of legislation that protects the landscape and address the concerns of local residents. Sadly, right-wing leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to derail our local bi-partisan efforts in order to satisfy the anti-wilderness agenda of the Bush Administration and their special interest friends.

    *Our lawmakers need to work quickly to get this legislation passed.


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    BACKGROUND
    The Wild Sky bill would protect 106,000 acres of lush old-growth forests, high alpine peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, and pristine rivers and lakes in the heart of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. As the population of the Puget Sound has continued to grow, this largely roadless, wild mosaic has become a recreational haven for the community while providing critical habitat for wildlife and endangered salmon and trout. The unprotected forests in the lowland valleys of the Skykomish river basin are the heart of the Wild Sky proposal. Amazing stands of ancient forests, some featuring Douglas fir and cedar trees eight feet or more in diameter, make this area virtually unmatched in this part of the Cascade Range. Low elevation forests -under 3,000 feet- have not typically been protected as part of existing wilderness areas in the west.

    For more information on the Wild Sky proposal, including photos and maps of the area, please log onto the Wild Sky section of our web page at:
    http://www.wawild.org/wilderness/sky_country_proposal.htm


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    PRESS CLIPPINGS

    Everett Herald: 9/13/02 "Wild Sky Bill Clears a Big Hurdle"
    http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/02/9/13/15828779.CFM

    Seattle PI: 9/13/02 "Wild Sky wilderness Quickly Passes Key Test in Congress"
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/86869_wildsky13.shtml

    Seattle Times:9/16/02 "Wild Sky isn't all Wild; plans opponents insist".

    http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/d
    isplay?slug=wildsky16m&date=20020916&query="wild+sky"

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    Thank You for working to save Washington's Wild National Forests;

    Because once they're gone, they're gone forever
     

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