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Call in Day, February 24th: Keep the Siskiyou Wild!

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    Lisa Dix Call in Day, February 24th: Keep the Siskiyou Wild! Tue, 17 Feb 2004 List-Id:
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      Lisa Dix <ldix@...>
      Call in Day, February 24th: Keep the Siskiyou Wild!
      Tue, 17 Feb 2004
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      The wild Siskiyou needs your help! Oregon's Siskiyou Wild Rivers
      Area is threatened by the biggest post-fire timber sale in modern
      history. The Bush Administration's massive logging plan proposes to
      log 518 million board feet of trees across 29,000 acres, costing
      American taxpayers as much as $100 million. The misguided plan
      proposes to log more than 12,000 acres of roadless lands,
      disqualifying 57,000 acres currently eligible for permanent
      Wilderness protection and would log 20,000 acres of designated Old
      Growth Reserves. This extreme post-fire logging proposal could move
      forward as early as this spring. Even though this project is Oregon
      specific the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area belongs to all Americans and
      the massive post-fire logging will set a national precedent.

      The Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area, a vast area of roadless and Wilderness
      lands, includes one of the best remaining refuges for wild native
      salmon and steelhead left on the Pacific coast. These rivers and
      streams support 27 unique runs of at-risk anadromous fish, including
      Coho salmon, spring and fall Chinook salmon, winter and summer
      steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, green sturgeon, white sturgeon,
      and Pacific lamprey. Some of the healthiest runs of salmonids in the
      Pacific Northwest occur in the region's rivers. The Siskiyou
      Mountains in Oregon provide wealth of other significant ecological
      values, including a distinctive and diverse geology, unparalleled
      botanical richness, numerous endemic and highly restricted plant
      species, unique flora and fauna habitat, unparalleled recreation
      opportunities, and clean water.

      TAKE ACTION:

      1. Please spread the word about the call in day on February 24,
      2004 by asking your members to call or fax in and by forwarding the
      alert to list serves, networks, and friends.

      2. Please call and/or fax Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
      and Senator Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Smith (R-OR) on February 24,
      2004.

      * 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

      Please ask these members of the Oregon Delegation to:

      1. Oppose the Bush Administration's extreme "Biscuit Fire
      Recovery Project" logging plan.

      2. Oppose any legislative efforts to shield the "Biscuit Fire
      Recovery Project" from full NEPA review and oppose any legislative
      efforts to exempt this project from any environmental laws (such as
      the Endangered Species Act or Clean Water Act) or from judicial
      review.

      A sample fax template and talking points are below.

      Sample Talking Points:

      (Thanks to the OR Sierra Club)

      * Oregon's Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area, one of America's
      greatest natural assets, is on the Bush Administration's chopping
      block. This vast area of roadless lands and Wilderness represents one
      of the last, great wild places in the continental United States,
      producing unparalleled recreation opportunities, fish and wildlife
      habitat, and clean water.

      * The Siskiyou region is internationally recognized for its
      biological and recreational resources and has received many
      designations and proposals for permanent protection:

      Proposed as a National Monument in 2000

      1. An area of global botanical significance by the World
      Conservation Union

      2. A proposed "World Heritage Site" and "Biosphere Reserve"

      3. Three designated Wild & Scenic Rivers with an additional 13
      other rivers eligible

      * Rather than offering permanent protection, the Bush
      Administration has proposed an extreme plan that would cause
      permanent and lasting destruction while wasting taxpayers' dollars on
      subsidized logging. The Bush Administration's extreme "Biscuit Fire
      Recovery Project" logging plan:

      1. Logs an astounding 518 million board feet of trees across 29,000 acres

      2. Fills 130,000 log trucks that would head for the sawmills,
      which if lined up end to end would run nearly the entire length of
      the west coast of the United States

      3. Log more than 12,000 acres of roadless lands, disqualifying
      57,000 acres currently eligible for permanent Wilderness

      4. Log in 20,000 acres of designated Old Growth Reserves

      5. Will cost American taxpayers as much as $100 million

      6. Fails to provide funds and resources for communities
      threatened by fire in favor of profits for the logging industry

      * A responsible proposal for the Siskiyou Wild Rivers Area
      would protect homes from fire and protect our National Forests from
      wasteful commercial logging. We need a plan based on solid science
      that will:

      1. Aid natural recovery of the burned area without
      commercial logging

      2. Use funds and resources to protect homes and
      communities from fire

      3. Provide jobs and economic benefits through restoration

      4. Provide clean drinking water, healthy watersheds
      and fish habitat

      5. Help remove and reduce non-native plants

      6. Help restore the natural role of fire in the forest

      7. Provide opportunities for scientific study and education

      8. Provide outstanding hunting, fishing and
      recreation opportunities

      Sample fax template:

      (Thanks to the Siskiyou Project)

      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


      Lisa Dix
      National Forest Program Director
      American Lands Alliance
      ldix@...
      Ph: 202-547-9105; Fax: 202-547-9213
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