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hinchy-horn congressional sign-on letter to the president

Dear President Clinton:

We wish to thank your Administration for beginning a process to ensure that our nation's magnificent wildlands will remain protected for future generations. We urge you to take decisive action to protect the remaining roadless areas in our national forests. Safeguarding these scenic wild areas that provide premier habitat for fish and wildlife, protect the greatest reserves of diverse plant life, and offer abundant supplies of clean drinking water and unique opportunities for outdoor recreation is of great interest to our constituents.

Over half of the Forest Service's 191 million acres are available for logging, mining, oil and gas, and other kinds of development. The interim moratorium on road building in roadless areas on Forest Service lands will provide at least temporary protection for many of the remaining wild areas. But we hope your Administration will see greater possibilities in the moratorium than an opportunity to reassess the Forest Service?s road construction policy. We hope the Service will take the opportunity to design a policy for future management of all existing roadless areas as well.

In your statement when you signed the FY 1998 Interior Appropriations bill, you said the following regarding roadless areas: "... the Forest Service is developing a scientifically based policy for managing roadless areas in our national forests. These last remaining wild areas are precious to millions of Americans and key to protecting clean water and abundant wildlife habitat, and providing recreation opportunities. These unspoiled places must be managed through science, not politics." We agree that the time has come for a sound and consistent policy for managing these areas.

In December 1997, 169 scientists from across the nation wrote to you saying the following: ?In our view, a scientifically-based policy for roadless areas on public lands should, at a minimum, protect from development all roadless areas larger than 1,000 acres ? because of their contributions to regional landscapes.? This past year, on November 19, 230 scientists wrote to Vice President Gore to express the same view. Along with them, we urge you to protect roadless areas in all national forests, including the Pacific Northwest, the Tongass, and other areas exempted from the road moratorium, from logging, road building, mining, and other activities that can damage their unique character, as well as from road building.

As the millennium dawns, safeguarding these remaining scenic wild areas will provide a lasting legacy akin to the bold actions taken by President Theodore Roosevelt when he set aside our first forest reserves at the beginning of this century. We urge you to act boldly in that tradition so that these national treasures are not lost.


Ed Pastor

Henry Waxman
Pete Stark
Ellen Tauscher
Xavier Becerra
Howard Berman
George Brown
Julian Dixon
Anna Eshoo
Sam Farr
Bob Filner
Lois Capps
Tom Lantos
Matthew Martinez
Robert Matsui
Barbara Lee
J. Millender-McDonald
George Miller
Brad Sherman
Zoe Lofgren
Steve Horn
Grace Napolitano
Nancy Pelosi
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Loretta Sanchez
James Rogan
Lynn Woolsey
Brian Bilbray
Steven Kuykendall

Mark Udall
Diana DeGette

Sam Gejdenson
John Larson
James Maloney
Chris Shays
Rosa DeLauro

Peter Deutsch
Jim Davis
Carrie Meek
Bob Wexler
Corrine Brown
Alcee Hastings

John Lewis
Cynthia McKinney

Patsy Mink
Neil Abercrombie

Jessee Jackson
Rod Blagojevich
Lane Evans
Luis Gutierrez
David Phelps
Danny Davis
Jan Schakowsky
Jerry Costello
Bobby Rush
William Lipinski

Tim Roemer
Pete Visclosky
Julia Carson

Jim Leach

Dennis Moore

William Jefferson

Thomas Allen

Ben Cardin
Connie Morella
Al Wynn

Martin Meehan
Michael Capuano
Ed Markey
William Delahunt
Barney Frank
Jim McGovern
John Tierney
Richard Neal
John Olver
Joe Moakley

David Bonior
Dale Kildee
Carolyn Kilpatrick
John Conyers
Debbie Stabenow
Sander Levin
Lynn Rivers

Bruce Vento
Martin Sabo
Bill Luther
David Minge

Bennie Thompson

William Clay
Karen McCarthy
Kenny Hulshof

Shelley Berkley

Frank LoBiondo
Bob Franks
Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rush Holt
Robert Menendez
Frank Pallone
Bill Pascrell
Donald Payne
Steve Rothman
Marge Roukema
Christopher Smith
Robert Andrews

Tom Udall

Edolphus Towns
Gary Ackerman
Jose Serrano
Louise Slaughter
Michael McNulty
Nita Lowey
Carolyn Maloney
Sue Kelly
Jerold Nadler
Jack Quinn
Anthony Weiner
Maurice Hinchey
Michael Forbes
Joseph Crowley
Nydia Velazquez
Gregory Meeks
John LaFalce
Carolyn McCarthy
Major R. Owens
Charles Rangel
Eliot Engel

David Price
Mel Watt

Earl Blumenauer
Peter DeFazio
David Wu
Darlene Hooley

Tony Hall
Sherrod Brown
Marcy Kaptur
Dennis Kucinich
Tom Sawyer
Stephanie Tubb Jones
Ted Strickland

Robert Borski
Joseph Hoeffel
Robert Brady
Chaka Fattah

Patrick Kennedy
Robert Weygand

James Clyburn

Harold Ford, Jr.
Bob Clement
Bart Gordon

Charles Gonzalez
Gene Green
Lloyd Doggett
Nick Lampson
Sheila Jackson Lee
Rubén Hinojosa

Merrill Cook

Bernie Sanders

Robert Scott
Richard Boucher
Jim Moran

Jay Inslee
Adam Smith
Jim McDermott

Nick Rahall

Gerald Kleczka
Tammy Baldwin
Thomas Barrett
Ron Kind

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