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1962 YellowSubmarine
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the greens want to strip the riders off this bill because they can not control everything. MAKE YOUR CALLS!!! Tell them to KEEP the stewardship contracting and Tongass riders ON the bill!!



This posting is from an extreme environmental organization. They are
asking that a couple of riders be removed from the OMNIBUS
Appropriations Bill.

Personally, I support KEEPING the STEWARDSHIP and TONGASS riders in
the appropriations bill. The below listed representatives need to
hear from you; especially if you are in their congressional district.

Remember, this is a GAG notice. The stewardship contracting will go
along ways towards reducing the wildfire danger in the forests.

Yeah, we still need rain.... and the Bark Beetles are still
multiplying with no controls...

>Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 19:26:18 -0800 (PST)
>From: [email protected]
>To: All Activists
>From: Randi Spivak, American Lands
>Date: February 9, 2003
>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
>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.
>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)
>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
>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)
>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
>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
>Richard Durbin (D-IL) Ranking Member, Legislative Branch
>Tim Johnson (D-SD) Appropriations Committee
>Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Appropriations Committee

John Stewart
Director, Environmental Affairs, UFWDA, http://www.ufwda.org
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done. in fact i am expecting a call back. will contact you back channel so you can load my lips if you would

1962 YellowSubmarine
10,701 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
vb said:
done. in fact i am expecting a call back. will contact you back channel so you can load my lips if you would
I'll be the first to tell you I'm not that familar with this issue....maybe Brad, Ed, or Jon can chime in here with some help.....


1962 YellowSubmarine
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
more_toys said:
How would you word your calls?
the general personon the other end of the phone asks which issus your calling about... you say "the omnibus appropriations bill" .....they either take you comments or transfer you to someone who will.... you say something like please tell senator "x" not cave into the environmental extremists radical scare tactics. The stewardship contracting and the Tongass riders are essential to the future of our lands and the future of our country, These riders MUST be kept in the bill. Thank you for your time...

or something like that.....you may want to state your point 3 or for times throughout your "speech".....


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i told the person answering my sip code and that i wanted to talk with my rep . i was patched to that office and talked with the person answering the phone there and stumbled thru with the info from above but to the oposite end ie leave the riders in. stewardship should remain. and would like a call back from my rep or at the very least someone from her office that knows what this is . was told fine will do and gave my number
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