E-mail on Environment California : Forest Victory!


Hi Janice,

On July 12, Gov. Schwarzenegger petitioned the federal government to
protect all 4.4 million acres of California’s wild forests. This act is
the next step in our work to protect the most pristine parts of our
national forests for future generations and comes after six years of Bush
Administration forest protection rollbacks.

The governor’s action is a huge victory for our forests in California
and I want to thank everyone who has taken action on this campaign.
Without your help this victory would not have been possible. Take a moment
to pat yourself on the back and then send a thank you to the governor
for doing the right thing. Then ask your friends and family to do the
same by forwarding them this email.

To take action, click on the link below of paste it in to your web
browser:

http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/preservation/wildforeststhankyou?id4=ES

Background

Enacted in January 2001, the Roadless Rule protects the last third of
America’s national forests while allowing new road construction in order
to fight fires, ensure public safety, and allow brush clearing to
protect forest health. The Roadless Rule ensures that forests will continue
to provide clean drinking water, habitat for wildlife and endless
opportunities for recreation and solitude.

On July 12, 2004 the Bush Administration announced its proposal to
repeal the Roadless rule and replace it with a process that allows
governors to petition for more or less protection for roadless areas in their
states.

The Bush Administration scheduled a 60-day comment period on their
plan. During the comment period, the administration received more than 1.4
million comments in opposition to its proposal. About a dozen governors
spoke out in opposition to the proposal, as did many members of
Congress.

Despite the public support, President Bush repealed the Roadless Rule
in May 2005. Since then Gov. Schwarzenegger made several public promises
to protect 100 percent of our wild forests in California. Time is
running out for him to fulfill this promise.

On Wednesday July 12, Gov. Schwarzenegger fulfilled this promise and
officially petitioned the federal government to protect 100 percent of
our wild forests called ‘roadless areas’ in California.

This is a huge victory for our forests in California that would not
have been possible without your activism, take a moment to pat yourself on
the back and then send a thank you to the governor for doing the right
thing. Then ask your friends and family to do the same by forwarding
them this email.

To take action, click on the link below of paste it in to your web
browser:

http://www.environmentcalifornia.org/action/preservation/wildforeststhankyou?id4=ES

Sincerely,

Dan Jacobson
Environment California Legislative Director
DanJ@environmentcalifornia.org
http://www.EnvironmentCalifornia.org

P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this
e-mail with your family and friends.

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