Protect Roadless Areas
Friends of the Boundary Waters, 3/28/01
The Roadless Conservation Initiative, a plan drawn up by the Forest
Service to protect nearly 58.5 million acres of the last untouched areas
in our national forests, should have taken effect on March 13, 2001.
In Minnesota, the plan would have given protection to 62,000 acres
of the Superior National Forest, of which approximately 50,000 acres lie
adjacent to the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Instead, the plan has
encountered numerous obstacles under the Bush Administration. Upon
taking office, the Bush administration delayed the effective date until
May 12, 2001. There have been threats to overturn the Roadless
Initiative by a vote of the U.S. Congress. Now the administration is
refusing to fight a legal challenge against the initiative brought by
timber-giant Boise Cascade and the state of Idaho.
The Roadless Initiative was the fruit of more than 600 public hearings.
Approximately 95 percent of the 1.6 million people who commented
expressed their support for the plan. In Minnesota (the 18th
most-responsive state), over 23,000 people submitted comments to the
Forest Service, with the overwhelming majority in favor of the plan.
To overturn the roadless rule would be a blatant disregard of all
Urge your representative to oppose efforts to undermine this historic
conservation plan! It is especially important that residents of
Northern Minnesota contact Senator Mark Dayton.
Senator Dayton can be reached by contacting:
Sen. Mark Dayton
SR-346, Russell Senate Bldg
Washington, DC. 20510
ph. (202) 224-3244
fax (202) 228-2186
For addresses of other Representatives, please visit www.house.gov/writerep
For addresses of other Senators, please visit www.senate.gov/contacting
MINNESOTA OHV LEGISLATION NEEDS YOUR HELP TODAY!
The bill that would bring responsible use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs)
to Minnesotašs public lands is being heard in the Senate Environment
and Natural Resources Policy Committee this week!
MnUsa and ATVAM are mounting a massive campaign to kill this sensible
legislation, and the bill will not pass unless you call or e-mail the
Minnesota Senators listed below.
Tell these Senators to support SENATE FILE 1381 - TO RESTRICT OHVs ON
STATE FOREST LANDS TO DESIGNATED TRAILS ONLY.
All phone numbers listed have the 651 area code.
Chair: Jane Krentz -296-7061 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair: David J. Tomassoni -296-8017 email@example.com
Ranking Minority Member: Pat Pariseau - 296-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen R. Anderson 296-5537 email@example.com
Charles A. Berg - 296-5094 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Dille - 296-4131 email@example.com
Dennis R. Frederickson - 296-8138 firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda I.Higgins - 296-9246 email@example.com
Anthony G. "Tony" Kinkel - 296-4913 firstname.lastname@example.org
David L. Knutson 296-4120 email@example.com
Bob Lessard - 296-4136 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gen Olson - 296-1282 email@example.com
Lawrence J. Pogemiller - 296-7809 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonard R. Price - 297-8060 email@example.com
Twyla Ring - 296-5419 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Stevens - 296-8075 email@example.com
LeRoy A. Stumpf - 296-8660 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Vickerman - 296-5650 email@example.com