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RED ALERT! Roadless Rule HR4865

Discussion in 'Land Use' started by Djroffroad, Jul 14, 2002.

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    Subject: RED ALERT! Roadless Rule HR4865


    Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) will offer an amendment next week to codify the illegal Clinton Roadless regulation that locked up 58.5 million acres of public land. We will be in DC next week lobbying to defeat this measure. In the meantime, a draft letter opposing this bill is attached at the bottom of this memo. Please consider faxing and emailing a copy of this letter to your
    representative(s). Go to Alliance for America's web site http://www.allianceforamerica.org/
    click on the Government bottom to find your representatives fax numbers and email.

    ACTION ITEMS
    1. Contact your members of the House and urge them to vote NO in the Inslee roadless amendment. Use the sample letter below.

    2. Urge our friends to take the floor or speak out and argue against the Inslee roadless amendment.

    3. Half of the acres covered by the roadless rule are at risk to catastrophic fire. The Clinton-era roadless rule makes treatment of these areas a low priority. Already this year, fires that have started in Roadless Areas have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and burned several hundred homes.

    4. Legislating on the roadless issue is a clear attempt to short-circuit the judicial process and prevent the Bush administration from acting to correct the obvious flaws in the rule.

    5. Legislating the roadless rule would exacerbate the forest health crisis and increase the threat of catastrophic wildfires in and around roadless areas.

    6. A federal judge in Idaho said the rule was adopted in "clear violation" of NEPA and other landmark environmental laws.

    7 The Roadless rule is the subject of more than half a dozen lawsuits in four Federal district courts.

    Representative Jay Inslee (D-WA) has introduced H.R. 4865, which would codify the Clinton Administration Roadless Initiative and put 58.5 million acres of National Forest Land Roadless Areas "off-limits" to multiple-use. The Inslee bill has 179 cosponsors and will be introduced as an amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill to halt funding for projects in roadless areas. The Interior Appropriations Bill will be on the House floor next Tuesday.

    Share this message with your friends and family. Encourage them to make phone calls and send faxes and/or email messages opposing HR4865.
    Thanks for your effort.

    Rose Comstock-Correira
    President
    Alliance for America
    www.allianceforamerica.org


    SAMPLE LETTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS



    Dear Members of Congress:



    Please vote against Representative Jay Inslee's (D-WA) roadless area amendment to codify the Clinton Administration's illegal roadless area regulation. The amendment put 58.5 million acres of National Forest Roadless Areas "off-limits" to multiple-use. With the devastating fires we have already witnessed this summer, we need to maintain the ability to manage our lands and defend against fires including those found in Roadless Areas.



    In addition to losing the ability to manage lands in Roadless Areas, a Federal District Court Judge has determined this administrative rule is illegal. This case is currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and there are numerous other roadless rule cases in courts across the country. It is not the time or the place for Congress to circumvent ongoing judicial proceedings. Any legislation on the roadless issue is a clear attempt to short-circuit the judicial process and prevent the Bush Administration from acting to correct the obvious flaws in the rule.



    Half of the acres covered by the rule are at risk to catastrophic fires. The Clinton rule/Inslee amendment makes treatment of these areas a low priority and almost impossible. Already this year, fires that have started in roadless areas have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and burned several hundred homes. Passing a Roadless Area Rider would exacerbate the forest health crisis and increase the threat of catastrophic wildfires in and around roadless areas.



    We urge you to vote NO on the Inslee roadless amendment because it is the right thing for the health of our nation's forests and sound public and environmental policy.



    Sincerely,
     

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