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National Call-In Day for Oregon's Siskiyou Forests

On Tuesday, February 24th, people from across the nation will make their voices heard to protect southwestern Oregon's Siskiyou forests from the largest timber sale logging project in modern history.
A roadless forest threatened by post-fire logging
A roadless forest threatened by post-fire logging
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TODAY - TUESDAY February 24th

PROTECT OREGON'S WILD SISKIYOU FORESTS!

Southwestern Oregon's Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area is threatened by the largest timber sale in modern history. The Bush Administration's massive post-fire logging plan proposes to log 518 million board feet of trees across 29,090 acres, costing American taxpayers as much as $100 million.

518 million board feet would fill a line of log trucks, bumper-to-bumper, reaching from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific coast.

This extreme logging scheme would log 12,179 acres of Inventoried Roadless Areas, disqualifying 57,000 acres currently eligible for Wilderness protection and log 20,000 acres of designated Old-Growth Reserves. It would devastate rejuvenating forests affected by the 2002 Biscuit fire, hurt wild salmon and trout, degrade recreation for the public and increase fire risk for nearby communities.

TAKE ACTION:
Please call and/or fax the following members of Congress:
Representative Peter DeFazio, phone: 202-225-6416, fax: 202-225-0032
Senator Ron Wyden, phone: 202-224-5244; fax: 202-228-2717
Senator Gordon Smith, phone: 202-224-3753; fax: 202-228-3997


Ask them to:
1. Oppose the Bush Administration's extreme "Biscuit Fire Recovery Project" logging plan.
2. Be a champion for full public participation and our nation's environmental safeguards by opposing any legislative attempts to erode public participation or our nation's laws as they apply to the "Biscuit Fire Recovery Project".
3. Create a Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area to protect the area for future generations.

You can send instant, free faxes from  http://www.siskiyou.org/get_involved/action.cfm
Please take action NOW as part of the National Call-In Day.


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SAMPLE LETTER/FAX:

Dear [Representative or Senator]:
I believe the Siskiyou Wild Rivers area in southwestern Oregon should be protected as a National Conservation Area for future generations - not subjected to massive post-fire logging.

The logging scheme proposed by the Forest Service is extreme, unbalanced and shortsighted. It would increase fire risk, impair rejuvenation of forests, hurt wild salmon and trout, and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. In addition, it would log thousands of acres of roadless forest, harm recreational resources and damage local economies.

I am very concerned that special legislation or a "rider" could force this unpopular, controversial project on the American public. I strongly urge you to be a champion for full public participation and our nation's environmental safeguards. Please oppose any legislative attempts to erode public participation or our nation's laws as they apply to management of Biscuit fire affected forests.

Instead, I ask you to consider the creation of a Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area with robust fire safety protections for communities, restoration of degraded areas, and protection for world-class wildlands and lasting jobs for local residents.

Please let me know what your course of action will be on this important conservation issue.

Sincerely,
Your Name
Your Address


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MORE INFO:
 http://www.siskiyou.org
 http://www.onrc.org/alerts/175.callinday.html
 http://www.worldwildlife.org/klamathsiskiyou/WPbibliography.html
 http://oregon.sierraclub.org/

Don't forget, you can send, instant, free faxes at  http://www.siskiyou.org/get_involved/action.cfm
Please forward this alert to friends and family!

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