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Forest Focus - August 3, 1998

Western Ancient Forest Campaign wafcdc at igc.apc.org
Mon Aug 3 17:48:05 EST 1998

From: Steve Holmer <wafcdc at igc.apc.org>

FOREST FOCUS, the bulletin of the American Lands Alliance 
August 3, 1998  To reach us call (202)879-3188,
fax (202)879-3189, or email WAFCDC at igc.apc.org

INTERNATIONAL THREAT:  Activists across the country and
overseas are organizing in opposition to the proposed Multilateral
Agreement on Investment (MAI).  The MAI, "NAFTA on Steroids,"
would give foreign investors the right to challenge national, state and
local laws designed to protect workers, local economies and the
environment.  How do you fight off such a profound threat to
democracy?  Organize locally and pass a city council resolution
declaring your community an MAI FREE ZONE.  The cities of San
Francisco, Boulder, and Toronto have recently passed resolutions
opposing the MAI.  The next round of negotiations  for the MAI will
take place in October in Paris.  To initiate a resolution in your
community contact Stu Dalheim at American Lands, (202) 879-3188 or
wafcstu at igc.org

ATV TRAIL HALTED:  The Grand Mesa National Forest in Colorado
has halted relocation of an ATV trail due to local concerns about
motorized intrusion into the Priest Mountain Roadless Area.  The
Forest Service planned to relocate around a piece of private property,
bisecting the Flat Tops, the last remaining solid piece of habitat left on
the Grand Mesa.  "This trail would have further fragmented elk habitat
and would have impacted nesting Goshawk," said Marie Jordan of
Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project.  "Although this is a small victory
in acreage it is crucial to protecting key blocks of habitat on the Grand

SALE APPEALS WORKSHOP:  The Wild Utah Forest Campaign
invites activists to a timber sale appeals workshop August 8th and 9th
at the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City from 9-5.  Denise
Boggs will teach environmental activists how to write effective
administrative appeals of timber sales and provide a packet of materials
covering each step in the appeals process.  Please RSVP by August 3rd
to Susan Ash at WUFC (801) 539-1355 or wufc at xmission.com   On
Sunday, August 9, Denise will help anyone currently working on an
appeal.  Don't miss this opportunity!

NEW WILDLIFE REFUGE:  The US Fish and Wildlife Service is
seeking comments on a proposed new National Wildlife Refuge on the
Kankakee River in NW Indiana and NE Illinois.  The refuge will
restore 30,000 acres to native wetlands, prairie/oak savannah, and
bottomland forest and provide habitat for two federally listed
endangered species, the Indiana Bat and the Mitchell's Satyr Butterfly. 
Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) has attempted to pressure the USFWS to
delay release of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) until a Corps
of Engineers study is released, 3 years from now.  The EA for this
refuge is open for comment until Aug. 20.  Please  write to support the
proposed alternative, that establishes the 30,000 acre refuge.  Send
comments to: Dave Hudak, Field Supervisor, USFWS, 620 S. Walker
St. Bloomington, IN  47403-4261.  Contact Jim Sweeney of the Izaak
Walton League at <jpbiod at mail.icongrp.com> for more information.

The Western Ancient Forest Campaign is now American Lands, reflecting our
work with citizens nationwide to protect America's wildlife and wild places.

Steve Holmer
Campaign Coordinator

American Lands 
1025 Vermont Ave. NW  3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202/879-3189 fax
wafcdc at igc.org

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