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ROADLESS AREA EXEMPTIONS COMMENTS DUE TOMORROW, AUG 14!

Please participate in the comment drive to protect Alaska's Rainforests
To: All Activists
From: Katie Barnes, American Lands Alliance
Date: 8/13/03

OPPOSE ROADLESS AREA EXEMPTIONS FOR TONGASS-CHUGASH NATIONAL FORESTS:

COMMENTS NEEDED BY TOMORROW, AUGUST 14, 2003!

Please participate in the comment drive to protect Alaska's Rainforests.

The Bush administration has taken the first procedural swipe at the landmark Roadless Area Conservation Rule by
proposing to strip protections from America's great Alaskan temperate rainforests, which represent fully one-quarter of the lands
protected under the Rule. Two simultaneous 30-day public comment periods are currently underway on the Administration's proposed exemptions of the Tongass and Chugach National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Rule. The Alaska comment periods are the first opportunity the public has to
officially comment on the Bush administration's attempts to gut the Roadless Rule. Both comment periods end tomorrow, August 14, 2003.

Tell the Bush Administration you oppose their plans to exempt the Tongass and Chugach National Forests in Alaska from the Roadless Rule.

* Please send an original letter by adding a few of your own words and comments to the sample letter below.
Unfortunately, this administration is trying to discredit comments from people like you unless they are personalized.

* If you are unable to send personalized comments, you can also send an online, formatted comment at: www.akrain.org < http://www.akrain.org/>

There are two separate comment periods occurring simultaneously: one onthe proposed temporary exemption of the Tongass
National Forest from theRoadless Rule and another on the proposal to permanently exempt theTongass from the Roadless Rule and extend the
exemption to include theChugach National Forest. Be sure to send copies of your letters to each
address listed below so that it will be counted for both commentperiods! If you send your comments online through
www.akrain.org< http://www.akrain.org/>, Alaska Rainforest Campaign will make sure yourletters are delivered for both proposals.

Send comments on the proposed exemption regulation of the TongassNational Forest from the Roadless Rule by August 14th to:
E-MAIL:  roadlesstnf@fs.fed.us <mailto: roadlesstnf@fs.fed.us>FAX: (801)880-2808

MAIL: Roadless TNF, Content Analysis Team

USDA Forest Service,
P.O. Box 22810
Salt Lake City, UT 84122

Send comments on the advanced notice of public rulemaking proposing topermanently exempt the Tongass from the Roadless
Rule and extend theexemption to include the Chugach National Forest by August 14th to:

E-MAIL:  roadlessanpr@fs.fed.us
<mailto: roadlessanpr@fs.fed.us>
FAX: (801)880-3311

MAIL: Roadless ANPR, Content Analysis Team

USDA Forest Service
P.O. Box 22777
Salt Lake City, UT 84122


Background:

The Roadless Rule is a progressive and visionary policy issued by theClinton Administration that protects 58.5 million acres of America's wild areas from most commercial timber sales and road building. Duringdevelopment of the Rule, 2.2 million public comments were received in
favor of enacting the conservation policy. More Americans took part inthis rulemaking process than in any other federal rulemaking in history.
Yet despite pledges to uphold the Roadless Rule, the Bush administrationis bowing to timber interests and moving to dismantle it.

In anticipation of the Roadless Rule exemptions, the administration hasalready set the stage for more industrial-scale logging in the Tongass.
It has scheduled close to 50 timber sales in roadless areas currentlyprotected under the Rule. These sales, which will move forward under the proposed exemptions, would effectively take the best of what's left inthe Tongass. Over 70 percent of the biggest and best trees have already
been clearcut in the Tongass.


SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Chief Dale Bosworth,

I strongly support the Roadless Area Conservation Rule as it was issuedin January 2001 and oppose the proposed exemptions of the Tongass and
Chugach National Forests, our nation's two largest national forests, from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Roadless Rule, a landmark conservation policy, has the overwhelming support of the American people. Safeguarding our wild forests from road building, commercial logging, mining and drilling benefits everyoneincluding those who hunt, fish, hike, camp and recreate on these public lands. To exempt America's rainforest - one-quarter of our nation'sroadless forests - from protection is unwarranted and unwanted.

Please accept this as my official comment opposing the proposedtemporary exemption of the Tongass National
Forest from the Roadless Rule and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking to make permanent theTongass exemption and extend it to the Chugach National Forest (36 CFR
Parts 219 and 294).

Sincerely,




************************
Katie Barnes
Campaign Assistant
American Lands Alliance
 kbarnes@americanlands.org
202.547.5974
www.americanlands.org
Another Sample Comment letter 14.Aug.2003 07:07

deeply saddened

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Chief Dale Bosworth,

I must implore you to do everything you can to stop the imminent destruction of the Alaskan Wilderness by preventing the implementation of exemptions to the Roadless Rule which had and still has overwhelming support by not only citizens of this country, but of others who expect the U.S. to hold this World Heritage Site in trust for future generations.

I strongly support the Roadless Area Conservation Rule as it was issued in January 2001 and oppose the proposed exemptions of the Tongass and
Chugach National Forests, our nation's two largest national forests, from the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

The Roadless Rule, a landmark conservation policy, has the overwhelming support of the American people. Safeguarding our wild forests from road building, commercial logging, mining and drilling benefits everyone including those who hunt, fish, hike, camp and recreate on these public lands. To exempt America's rainforest - one-quarter of our nation's roadless forests - from protection is unwarranted and unwanted. This agency will be acting out of haste in a much too short comment period, and will be in effect showing that the National Forest Service is in fact a rogue agency, that does not respond to the will of the people, but instead is a lapdog for corporate interests, as this administration has shown itself to be. Corporate interests may govern this country, but please don't let the legacy for future generations suffer for this misguided policymaking.

Please accept this as my official comment opposing any proposed temporary exemption of the Tongass National
Forest from the Roadless Rule and the advance notice of proposed rulemaking to make permanent the Tongass exemption into a permanent reality, and extend it to the Chugach National Forest (36 CFR Parts 219 and 294).



Sincerely,