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Call and tell Congress that fire prevention doesn't mean clearcuts

Stop the passage of the McKinnis Fire Bill! -- Urgent Calls are needed to the House Resources Committee. Legislators must be made to worry about their constituents. Even if you don't vote, call and barrage their offices-- (if you have Working Assets, you get 2 calls free a day to gov't offices in D.C.)

Here's why it's important to call monday thru wednesday:
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The House Resources Committee is scheduled to markup the McInnis (R-CO) fire bill April 30, 2003. No hearings will be held. The bill mirrors the administrative attacks on our National Forests outlined in the Bush
Administration's so called "Healthy Forests Initiative" and goes a few
steps further. A more complete analysis will be available on Monday.
Major provisions of the McInnis legislation include:

* Allowing "hazardous fuels reduction" projects to occur virtually anywhere across the landscape;
* Eliminating the "heart" of NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] by failing to require analyses of alternatives to the agencies' proposal;
* Limiting public participation by allowing "hazardous fuels reduction projects" to be categorically excluded and significantly limits citizens' rights to appeal projects.

The Bush Administration and many in Congress are using the fire issue to
give logging companies free reign over our public lands and to completely eliminate opportunities for the public to comment and/or appeal any controversial fire management decision made by the Forest Service and BLM. Moreover, opportunities for the public to hold the agencies accountable for ecologically damaging fire projects will be significantly limited or eliminated altogether.

Please Urge Committee members to Vote NO on the McInnis Bill. (Resource
Committee members are listed below)

Urge the Resources Committee to:

1). Oppose any fire legislation that excludes environmental analysis, limits public participation and citizen's rights to appeal projects, and use of goods for services contracts which allow logging companies to be given trees instead of cash as payment for fuels reduction logging on public lands.

2). Support community protection as the top priority for the Forest
Service and BLM fuels reduction program. This requires focusing fuels
projects in the Community Protection Zone, which is defined as 60 meters
(200 feet) from an individual inhabited structure to protect the home
ignition zone and up to 500 meters (maximum 1/4 mile) from a community's
inhabited structures to provide community and firefighter protection.
Government research has found this is the only proven method to protect
homes and communities. [This means essentially that teaching people to protect their homes from fire has proven to be the most effective way to prevent destruction of homes-- clearing away brush, clipping branches off nearby trees, mowing lawn very short, wetting down roof, etc]

3). Direct at least 85% of the National Fire Plan hazardous fuels budget
to block grants for states to provide funds to ensure community and
homeowner protection in the Community Protection Zone. Research has
shown that 85% of the lands within the Community Protection Zone are
State, tribal, county and non-industrial private lands. [This means that education and tools to clip branches and so forth, should be provided for with these grants, empowering communities to lower the risk themselves instead of relying on firefighters to be brought in and logging to precede and increase likelihood of severe burns]


Representative Phone
Rep. Nick Rahall (R-WV) 202/225-6065
Jay Inslee, (D-WA) 202/225-6311
Tom Udall, (D NM) 202/225-6190
Mark Udall, (D-CO) 202/225-2161
George Miller, (D-CA) 202/225-2095
Jim Saxton, (R-NJ) 202/225-4765
Wayne T. Gilchrest, (R-MD) 202/225-5311
Rep. Dale E. Kildee(R-MI) 202/225-3611
Neil Abercrombie, (D-HI) 202/225-2726
Solomon P. Ortiz (D- TX) 202/225-7742
Frank Pallone, Jr., (D-NJ) 202/225-4671
Calvin M. Dooley, (D-CA) 202/225-3341
Ron Kind, (D-WI) 202/225-5506
Grace F. Napolitano, (D-CA) 202/225-5256
Brad Carson, (D-OK) 202/225-2701
Raúl M. Grijalva, (D-AZ) 202/225-2435
Dennis A. Cardoza, (D-CA) 202/225- 6131
Edward J. Markey, (D-MA) 202/225-2836
Rubén Hinojosa, (D-TX) 202/225-2531
Ciro D. Rodriguez, (D-TX) 202/225-1640
Joe Baca, (D-CA) 202/225-6161
Betty McCollum, (D-CA) 202/225-6631

This message was forwarded from the WALL-List, sent out by American Lands...
At the top it read as follows:
To: All Activists
From: Lisa Dix and Randi Spivak, American Lands
 randispivak@americanlands.org
Date: April 25, 2003
Subject: URGENT CALLS NEEDED - MARKUP ON BAD FIRE LEGISLATION

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just to give an idea 29.Apr.2003 21:48

idea giver

The 1,000 acre clearcuts proposed to be allowed under this bill would be 1.562 miles by 1.562 miles. Since when did an area more than a mile and a half square become a 'small' area to strip of all vegitation?