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The Planet
June 1999 Volume 6, Number 5

Co-sponsors Needed for Forest Protection Bill


Many people assume our national forests are off-limits to logging. They aren't. Not only is commercial logging allowed, it's encouraged -- taxpayers underwrote $2 billion in losses on the logging program from 1992 to 1997, according to the General Accounting Office.

But the National Forest Protection and Restoration Act, H.R. 1396, introduced on April 13 by Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa) would put an end to that.

H.R. 1396 would end all commercial logging on federal lands, promote restoration and help communities that receive logging revenue develop a more diverse and stable economy. The McKinney-Leach bill was introduced with 48 original co-sponsors and the list of supporters is growing.

To take action: Please thank your representative if he or she signed on as a co-sponsor. If not, call or write and urge support of the bill. Write Rep. ______, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. Or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

You can also write a letter to your local newspaper to urge your representative to become a co-sponsor. (Or say thanks if he or she already has.)

You can find the text of the bill and a list of its co-sponsors by typing in the bill number, H.R. 1396, at http://thomas.loc.gov/


Go on to the next page "Cosponsorship Clarified"


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