WASHINGTON POST FEATURES NORTHERN FORESTS
LEAHY CONGRESSIONAL PUSH LIKELY NOW!
Mondays Washington Post (August 24) featured a story about the threat to
the Northern Forests from summer home development and the sale of private timberlands.
A similar story appeared in the New York Times on August 11th. Big stories like
these usually mean a coordinated attack on private landowners in Congress. The Post
and the Journal often appear to plan their stories in advance with environmental groups
and key Members of Congress to help pass green legislation.
You can be sure that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has a few more tricks up his
sleeve for when Congress comes back next week. It is critical that all those opposed
to the Northern Forest "Skewership" Act (S 546 and HR 971) take action
immediately to head off this new threat.
HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO NOW!!
Call Senators Olympia Snow (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) (202-224-3121) to urge
them to set the date for the field hearings they promised. Remind them that they promised
they would not allow Senator Leahy to sneak any more of his bill past Congress before
field hearings were held in the Northern Forests.
Write a short letter to both your Senators opposing S 546. Make copies and send
it to other people. The address you can use for any Senator is:
Honorable ______ , US Senate, Washington, DC 20510.
Write a short letter to the editor of the Washington Post, New York Times and
your local papers urging opposition to the "Skewership"Act.
Editor: Washington Post, 1150 15th St NW, Wash. DC 20071 (fax 202-334-5324)
Website: www.Washingtonpost.com email to the
Editor: New York Times, 229 West 43rd St, NY, NY 10036 (fax 212-556-4603)
Website: www.nytimes.com E-mail the editor
Write your Congressman opposing HR 971. Even if your representative supports the bill,
it is important that he or she hear from you. Write: Honorable ________ , US House of
Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. You may call (202) 225-3121 to reach any
Congressman. Remember that Rep. Gerald Soloman (R-NY) opposes the bill strongly and
should hear from you. Rep. John Baldacci (D-ME) has also promised to hold field hearings
in Maine. Those of you who live in Maine need to make sure he keeps his promise. Call him
and get your friends to call him.
Fax a copy of this message to at least five other people, your whole fax list if
INCLUDE THESE IDEAS IN YOUR LETTERS (IN YOUR OWN WORDS)
Dont allow Senator Leahy to sneak S 546 into an appropriations bill like he did in
Watch out for a new Omnibus Parks Bill that Leahy may try to attach S 546 on to in
Ask your Congressman and both Senators for field hearings so you can testify personally;
Ask that no land acquisition be allowed by the bill;
Ask that S 546 not be allowed to federalize private forests in ME, NH, VT and NY;
Dont federalize our forests so the green groups can tie them up in Wilderness and
Support our local communities. Keep land use controls local; and
Dont destroy our tax base by allowing the federal government to buy land.
For More Information Contact:
American Land Rights Association