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MONDAY CALL-IN DAY TO OPPOSE FOREST RIDERS ON 2003 OMNIBUS BILL!!

n last minute, closed-door meetings the committee members are considering a number of bad forest riders. Calls are urgently needed tomorrow/today Monday, because the Appropriations Conference Committee members will be finalizing the
language in the bill Monday evening.
To: All Activists
From: Randi Spivak, American Lands
Date: February 9, 2003

URGENT - RIDERS CALLS NEEDED MONDAY ON FY 2003 OMNIBUS BILL

Members of the House and Senate Appropriations
Committees are now finalizing the Omnibus spending
bill for all federal agencies for the 2003 fiscal
year. In last minute, closed-door meetings the
committee members are considering a number of bad
forest riders. Calls are urgently needed
tomorrow, Monday, because the Appropriations
Conference Committee members will be finalizing the
language in the bill Monday evening. The full
Congress is expected to vote on the bill on
Wednesday. If passed, the bill would:

1) Permanently authorize stewardship contracting
and goods for services authorities. This rider
would authorize an unlimited amount of
stewardship contracts over the next ten years and be
expanded to include all BLM lands.

Goods for services authority allows the agencies
to trade an unlimited amount of commercially
valuable trees to pay for contracted restoration
activities - including "thinning" for hazardous
fuels. This authority lets commodity extraction
drive restoration activities and focuses on
logging
the larger, fire resistant trees which tend to be
miles away from communities.

Stewardship contracting is an extremely
controversial program that is being tested in pilots and
should not be permanently authorized until these
projects are completed and the effects have been
analyzed.

If made permanent, not only would this be a
complete give away to the timber industry, these
authorities would let the Forest Service and BLM
treat public lands as their own private piggy
bank
and encourage more logging to feed agency
coffers. Forest activists successfully blocked permanent
authorization in last year's Farm Bill. We need
your help to do it again.

2) Exempt the Tongass from the landmark "roadless
rule" intended to preserve millions of acres of
unspoiled wildlands in America's national
forests. Attempts to reverse it, yet the Bush
Administration is planning more than 40 large
industrial timber sales for Tongass roadless areas.
If
this rider passes, the sales will go through and
timber companies will begin to log through
pristine
Tongass rainforest almost immediately, leaving
the fate of the Tongass of the timber up to the
industry.

3) Allow the timber industry to log as many trees
as it wants and wherever it wants in the Tongass
National Forest, including even the largest and
most ancient trees and in critical wildlife
habitat
areas. Not only would this devastate the Tongass
ecosystem, it would greatly increase taxpayer
subsidies to timber companies.

4) Prevent environmentalists from challenging in
court Forest Service decisions limiting
wilderness
protection status for parts of the Tongass
National Forest.

CALLS NEEDED

Please call your Senators and Representative at
202-224-3121 and urge them to call Members of the
Appropriations Conference Committee to ask that
the stewardship contracting and Tongass riders be
struck from the bill. If you can make an
additional call please call one of the Appropriators
below, even if they are not in your state, and
urge them to strike the riders from the bill.

Here are the Conferees on the Omnibus
Appropriations Committee:

HOUSE (22)

GOP
Bill Young (R-10-FL) Chairman of Appropriations
Committee
Ralph Regula (R-16-OH) Chair, Labor, HHS
Subcommittee
Harold Rogers (R-5-KY) Chair, Homeland Security
Subcommittee
Frank Wolf (R-10-VA) Chair, Commerce, Justice
State Subcommittee
Jim Kolbe (R-8-AZ) Chair, Foreign Operations
Subcommittee
James Walsh (R-25-NY) Chair, VA, HUD Subcommittee
Charles Taylor (R-11-NC) Chair, Interior
Subcommittee
David Hobson (R-7-OH) Chair, Energy and Water
Subcommittee
Ernest Istook (R-5-OK) Chair, Treasury Postal
Subcommittee
Henry Bonilla (R-23-TX) Chair, Agriculture
Subcommittee
Joe Knollenberg (R-9-MI) Chair, Military
Construction Subcommittee
Jack Kingston (R-1-GA) Chair, Legislative Branch
Subcommittee

DEM
David Obey (D-7-WI) Ranking Member Appropriations
Committee
John Murtha (D-12-PA) Ranking Member, Defense
Subcommittee
Norm Dicks (D-6-WA) Ranking Member, Interior
Subcommittee
Martin Sabo (D-5-MN) Ranking Member,
Transportation Subcommittee
Alan Mollohan (D-1-WV) Ranking Member, VA HUD
Subcommittee
Marcy Kaptur (D-9-OH) Ranking Member, Agriculture
Subcommittee
Peter Visclosky (D-1-IN) Ranking Member, Energy
and Water
Nita Lowey (D-18-NY) (Ranking Member, Foreign
Operations Subcommittee
Jose Serrano (D-16-NY) Ranking Member, Commerce,
Justice, State
Jim Moran (D-8-VA) Ranking Member, Legislative
Branch Subcommittee.

SENATE (28)

GOP
Ted Stevens (R-AK) Chairman of Appropriations
Committee
Thad Cochran (R-MS) Chair, Agriculture
Subcommittee
Arlen Specter (R-PA) Chair, Labor, HHS
Subcommittee
Pete Domenici (R-NM) Energy Water Development
Subcommittee
Christopher Bond (R-MO) Chair, VA, HUD
Subcommittee
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Chair, Foreign Operations
Subcommittee
Conrad Burns (R-MT) Chair, Interior Subcommittee
Richard Shelby (R-AL) Chair, Transportation
Subcommittee
Judd Gregg (R-NH) Chair, Commerce, Justice State
Subcommittee
Robert Bennett (R-UT) Chair, Legislative Branch
Subcommittee
Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) Chair, Treasury
Postal Subcommittee
Larry Craig (R-ID) Energy Water Development and
VA HUD Subcommittee
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) Chair, Military
Construction
Mike DeWine (R-OH) Chair, DC Subcommittee
Sam Brownback (R-KS) Appropriations Committee

DEM
Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) Ranking Member,
Appropriations Committee
Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Ranking Member, Defense
Subcommittee
Ernest Hollings (D-SC) Ranking Member, Commerce,
Justice, State
Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Ranking Member, Foreign
Operations
Tom Harkin (D-IA) Ranking Member, Labor, HHS
Subcommittee
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Ranking Member, VA HUD
Subcommittee
Harry Reid (D-NV) Ranking Member, Energy Water
Development
Herb Kohl (D-WI) Ranking Member, Agriculture
Subcommittee
Patty Murray (D-WA) Ranking Member,
Transportation Subcommittee
Byron Dorgan (D-ND) Ranking Member, Treasury
Postal Subcommittee
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Ranking Member, Military
Construction
Subcommittee
Richard Durbin (D-IL) Ranking Member, Legislative
Branch
Tim Johnson (D-SD) Appropriations Committee
Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Appropriations Committee